UK-based automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has broken ground on its new £1bn manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.
Developer O’Callaghan Properties has received approval from the Cork City Council to build a €90M office development in Cork, Ireland.
UK-based construction and project management consultancy Turner & Townsend has been appointed by Vicinity Centres to manage the retail delivery of its AUD350M ($264M) Chadstone Shopping Centre redevelopment in Melbourne, Australia.
Tilal Properties is set to build a major commercial and retail destination in Sharjah, UAE.
Plastics, chemical and refining company LyondellBasell has announced plans to build a new $700M high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at its manufacturing complex in La Porte, Texas.The new plant will have an annual capacity of 500,000t.LyondellBasell CEO and chairman of the management board Bob Patel said: "This project represents the next generation of technology."This location is ideal for this facility because of the feedstock advantage we enjoy, the ability to ship product around the world and, most importantly, the outstanding workforce that the Gulf Coast has to offer."The project is anticipated to create up to 1,000 jobs during the construction peak and 75 full time positions.Construction on the project is expected to commence in early 2017 and will be complete by 2019.
Laing O’Rourke Australia has won an early contractor involvement (ECI) contract for the first stage of the AUD250M ($188M) Sydney Opera House’s Building Renewal Programme in Australia.The renewal programme — which represents the largest package of works since the Opera House opened in 1973 — includes upgrades to the Opera House‘s two largest internal performance spaces, the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre.It will also include upgrades to the entry and foyers and new creative learning and function centres.Laing O’Rourke will work with the Opera House and its design teams to ensure the programme is as efficient as possible. Each project will progress through a series of review points before moving on to the construction phase.Laing O'Rourke Australia’s managing director Cathal O’Rourke said: “We are excited and honoured to be working on this landmark building and look forward to collaborating with the Opera House and its design teams to identify the smartest, most efficient and sensitive solutions for this important project.“The work the Opera House has already done to digitally map the entire structure — combined with Laing O’Rourke’s Digital Engineering expertise — will help deliver the best result for the venue’s 8.2M annual visitors, thousands of performers and the wider Australian community, who all feel a sense of ownership over the UNESCO World Heritage site.”The programme will be carried out over the next five years.
Laing O’Rourke has completed construction of a £200M science building for Imperial College London.The Translation & Innovation Hub — located on the college’s 25-acre White City Campus in West London — includes laboratories, incubator and accelerator space, as well as flexible office space.Imperial College ThinkSpace CEO Eulian Roberts said: “The handover of the hub marks the next exciting step in the development of the College’s White City Campus.“The campus will be a centre for multidisciplinary research and innovation to help tackle some of the world’s most critical health, natural sciences, engineering and data challenges.“By bringing together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and students, the campus will create a new networked environment that will drive successful collaboration and experimentation.”According to Laing O’Rourke, the fit-out works are due to start on the chemistry department’s Molecular Sciences Research Hub at the campus, while construction works are set to commence on the Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub.Furthermore, work is in progress on a housing building to offer 192 apartments, with plans underway for the rest of the campus to include further hubs for academic research, education and translation, community and commercial facilities, and housing.
Skanska has been awarded a $200M contract by Inspira Health Network to construct a new hospital building in New Jersey, US.The scope of the contract includes the construction of a five-storey hospital with 204 beds.The main tower of the development will feature operating rooms, an emergency department, imaging suites, as well as administrative, dining and support services.The 41,000sq m scheme also involves the construction of a new central utility plant, which will supply electrical power, heating, hot water and chilled water.Construction on the project will commence in the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to be complete by December 2019.
A Hyundai Engineering-led consortium has secured a $5bn construction deal in Nakhodka, Russia.The consortium, which includes Hyundai Engineerng & Construction (E&C) and Japan’s Toyo Engineering, signed the deal with the Nakhodka Mineral Fertilizers Factory to build fertilizer plants in Kozmino, a port located near the city of Nakhodka.The consortium will be responsible for the construction of two ammonia production plants with a combined daily capacity of 6,600t, two urea plants with a combined daily capacity of 6,000t and one methanol plant with a daily capacity of 3,000t, according to Korea Times.The factories are expected to be complete within 62 months.
Swedish construction firm NCC has secured a contract worth SEK460M ($55M) from airport owner Swedavia to build an office building directly adjacent to Terminals 4 and 5 at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden.The 20,000sq m building, named Sky City Office One, will become the hub of the airport city that is emerging around Arlanda Airport.The 11-storey building will feature an energy-efficient design with superior insulation, climate control and efficient ventilation, ensuring minimal energy consumption. The facility is aiming to achieve BREEAM-SE Excellent certification.NCC Building Sweden business manager Henrik Lundin said: “NCC has solid experience of this type of partnering project, thus ensuring a more innovative and efficient construction process and ultimately a product with exceptionally high quality.“We will construct a state-of-the-art office building that has a very high energy performance.”Construction on the project will begin in the autumn and is expected to be complete in summer 2018.
US-based company Cologix has announced a $130M project to expand its data centre and interconnection footprint in Columbus, Ohio.The 15,000sq m, 18+MW data centre will be located on its current eight-acre campus in Columbus. It will be directly connected to the company’s existing data centres in Ohio.Cologix CEO Grant van Rooyen said: "Large enterprises are increasingly interested in outsourcing internal data centres with an eye toward leveraging cloud services for some aspects of their IT systems."Until now, there has not been a neutral facility in Columbus that can combine connectivity with the scale that can support large cloud and enterprise deployments, and we are excited to address that need with our new data centre."The company has secured all required permissions and expects to break ground immediately with its construction partners Parallel Technologies and Kraus Anderson. The project is anticipated to create 128 full time jobs in the region and the first phase of the project is expected to be operational in mid-2017.
US-based pizza chain Little Caesars and Olympia Development of Michigan have broken ground on the retailer’s new $150M global headquarters expansion project in Detroit, Michigan.The nine-storey, 22,000sq m development represents Caesars’ first headquarters building constructed in Detroit in more than 10 years.The headquarters campus features a two-storey lobby connected to a new welcome centre, a screening room, a 425-seat training room, a fitness centre, retail and dining spaces, training facilities, and innovation kitchens.Little Caesars’ president and CEO David Scrivano said: "Today, as we break ground on an exciting new development that will anchor the Columbia Street neighbourhood of the District Detroit, we're excited to continue our longstanding commitment to the people that have helped make a single Little Caesars pizza shop into one of the world's largest pizza chains."The expansion project — led by Detroit construction manager Brinker-Christman and architect SmithGroupJJR — is expected to be complete in 2018.
Birmingham City Council has given the green light to a proposed 25-storey hotel project in Hill Street, Birmingham.BLOC Grand Central — designed by Glenn Howells Architects — will include 238 rooms, a double height entrance lobby and a cafe restaurant.The building’s design has been ‘commended’ by the national architectural watchdog CABE.Glenn Howells from Glenn Howells Architects said: “We are delighted to be working with fellow Birmingham-based company BLOC Hotels on a bespoke building for the heart of the city.“The building is situated at an important gateway site within Birmingham City Centre and offers the opportunity to define a benchmark for the future regeneration of this part of the city.”
Lendlease has won a £103M contract to build an office project at 245 Hammersmith Road in West London.The 23,000sq m project has been designed by Sheppard Robson and is being developed by Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate London.The £275M development will involve the construction of a new 12-floor building, which will replace Bechtel House — the former British headquarters of the US construction firm.Lendlease construction business managing director Neil Martin said: “We are really pleased to be working again with Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate London — both are longstanding clients of ours and the strong relationships between our companies add great value to the development.“Lendlease excels at just this kind of high-end scheme, with a high-specification design, mixed-use element, and a tight urban footprint.”Demolition work on Bechtel House has already started, with construction work expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2019.
Dubai-based developer Nakheel has unveiled luxury residences in Dubai.Ibn Battuta Residences will feature 531 luxury apartments — 395 two-bedroom and 136 three-bedroom apartments — with access to over 400 shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities. The two 48-floor buildings — to be located just off Sheikh Zayed Road, next to Ibn Battuta Mall — will also include a podium-level health and recreation complex, a gym, and four levels of car parking with 900 spaces.The development will be in close proximity to the Dubai Metro, Ibn Battuta Bus Station and Jebel Ali park. Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “Ibn Battuta Residences are strategically located at one of the fast-growing areas in Dubai.“The apartments — the highest standard of accommodation available in Jebel Ali — are ideally placed for people who work at the nearby Jebel Ali Freezone or Dubai South, and, being less than an hour by car from Abu Dhabi, offer a convenient address for those who regularly travel to the capital.”The project is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved the construction of 10,000 new homes in Barking, UK.The Barking Riverside development — an 180ha brownfield site on the northern banks of the River Thames — will also include shops, restaurants, community and leisure facilities, public squares, schools, a new train station, and a transport interchange, which will connect the area to central London by rail, bus and river.A minimum of 35% of the new homes will be affordable — an increase from the previously-stated 28% — with provisions to rise to 50% over time through additional investment and viability reviews, the mayor has agreed. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Barking Riverside has enormous potential to deliver thousands of the much-needed homes Londoners so urgently need.“I’ve made it clear that tackling London’s housing crisis is my number-one priority. Fixing this problem will be a marathon, not a sprint, but developments like this one will play a huge part in our efforts to provide genuinely affordable homes to buy and rent.“Our next task is to ensure this development includes the facilities and infrastructure which will make this a fantastic place to live and to visit, rather than simply a housing development.”Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “We welcome the Mayor’s approval for Barking Riverside masterplan. This is a key part of the regeneration jigsaw, not just for Barking and Dagenham but for London as a whole.“It will undoubtedly make an enormous contribution to solving part of the capital’s housing crisis and we are determined to create an attractive and prosperous new community there.“This borough has a very exciting and ambitious growth programme, which includes the delivery of over 45,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs over the next ten years. We are committed to ensuring that no-one is left behind. These homes should serve local residents too and therefore providing affordable housing is key.”TFL has recently submitted a Transport and Works Act Order to secure the powers and planning permission for the £262M extension to the existing Gospel Oak to barking London Overground line. An inquiry is scheduled for 18 October 2016.Stage one of the development is under construction.
NT Killingley Ltd has started site enabling works for phase one of the £75M Basin Square project in the UK.The Basin Square project — part of the £320M Chesterfield Waterside scheme — will involve the construction of a hotel, retail units, apartments, a multi-storey car park and offices. The earthwork and landscaping contractor is using its cutting-edge modelling capabilities and GPS controlled excavators and bulldozers to rework the site levels. Peter Swallow, managing director at the project’s developer Bolsterstone Plc, said: “I am delighted that the development is making progress. This is a significant step forward for Chesterfield Waterside, which will allow us to move into the construction phase next year. “Once preparation works are complete and the infrastructure is in place, it will facilitate delivery of development on both Basin Square and The Park, enabling us to progress with the second phase of detailed planning applications for the buildings themselves shortly afterwards.”The works follow the £2.7M Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF) grant award earlier this year. A planning application has also been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council for illustrative proposals, indicating the height and massing for the buildings to be constructed in Basin Square.The project, once completed, is expected to create 300 jobs. Additional progress on the scheme includes the planning permission award to replace the road bridge over the river Rother on the former Laver timber yard site — to serve The Park residential development — and the submission of a planning application for the works required to re-open a stretch of the Chesterfield canal.The first phase of the residential housing at Chesterfield Waterside — comprising 19 new homes — was completed in 2015, with the proprieties now fully occupied.
Chinese developer Greenland Group is set to build an £800M residential tower in London Docklands.The new 67-storey building, named Spire London, is expected to be the tallest tower in Western Europe following its completion in 2020.The tower, designed by architectural firm HoK, will house 861 apartments — most of them for private sale. In addition, the tower will feature a 35th-floor spa with an infinity pool, a clubroom with a cocktail bar, and a cinema.Greenland (UK) Investment managing director Wenhao Qian said: “This important launch reflects the confidence that Greenland Group continues to have in both the London economy and the London property market.“We believe that there is always a demand for best in class property assets that offer a high-quality, bespoke, designed and unique product in a prime location.“In our view Spire London fulfils these criteria, and we believe there will be significant demand for the apartments within this tower from both the UK and overseas.”Above-ground demolition works for the project have been undertaken and piling for the tower is set to start in January 2017. The tower is expected to reach the halfway point in height in mid-2018.
A joint venture of J&P Qatar WLL, Conspel Qatar WLL, J&P‐Avax and J&P (Overseas) has been appointed as the main contractor for the Qatar Foundation World Cup stadium.The project — to be located in Doha’s Education City — was awarded by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC). The stadium will be able to accommodate 40,000 spectators, which will be reduced to 25,000 once the 2022 FIFA World Cup finishes. The main-works contractor will be progressing with the schematic design, finishing the foundation works and securing a substantial portion of the structural steel for the super structure by the end of 2016.SC secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said: “We are pleased with the progress of Qatar Foundation stadium and are hitting our construction deadlines. With the main contractor now appointed we look forward to watching it grow from foundation level to full completion in 2019.“Over the next four years we’ll be working closely with our new partners to ensure we deliver an outstanding, legacy-orientated stadium at Education City that will serve the community long after the last ball is kicked.”The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2019.
Empire Industries’ subsidiary Dynamic Attractions has signed an agreement with Altair (Shanghai) Space Technology to design, develop, co-own and operate a CAD600M ($465M) theme park in Hangzhou, China.The theme park — named Space Park — will be developed on a site, which is currently owned by the Hangzhou Zhijiang National Tourist Resort, a government-owned organisation. Altair has signed a separate investment framework agreement with the Hangzhou Zhijiang National Tourist Resort to acquire the site — 19.3ha of land — by the end of 2016.Empire Industries’ executive chairman and CEO Guy Nelson said: “Dynamic Attractions has over two decades of experience delivering some of the most popular rides for the world’s top theme parks, thus providing the solid foundation for Space Park to succeed.“The appetite for world-class attractions by the rapidly growing middle class in China, will be uniquely delivered by Space Park with a distinct themed environment and entertainment attraction offering.”Space Park is expected to open in late 2020.