Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB) has begun construction of the Horizonte solar plant in Brazil.
UK-based automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has broken ground on its new £1bn manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.
Aecom has been selected by Ratch Australia as the owner’s engineer for the AUD360M ($270M) Mount Emerald Wind Farm in North Queensland, Australia.
Developer O’Callaghan Properties has received approval from the Cork City Council to build a €90M office development in Cork, Ireland.
China Railway Group, through its subsidiaries, has won a RMB8.1bn ($1.2bn) contract for the construction of a large railway section in Laos.
Strabag’s Swedish subsidiary Züblin Scandinavia has won a €127M contract from the Swedish Maritime Administration to build a new lock and enlarge the Södertälje Canal in Sweden.
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.
A consortium formed by Morelco, a subsidiary of Peruvian construction firm Graña y Montero, has won a $149M contract to deliver the Regional Transmission System located in the Colombian Atlantic Coast.The contract has been awarded by the Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) — an entity of the Ministry of Mines and Energy responsible for the design, supplies procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the electrical reinforcement of Guajira Province.
The UK construction industry will converge in Birmingham next month, as the UK Construction Week event combines nine shows at the NEC venue from 18–20 October.
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.
Yorkshire Water has received planning approval from Leeds City Council for the construction of a new £72M sludge treatment and anaerobic digestion facility in Leeds, UK.The contract has been awarded to Black & Veatch with the civil engineering element being delivered by Clugston Construction.The new facility — to be located at Leed’s Knostrop waste water treatment works— will replace the existing sludge and bio-solid incinerator, which was built in 1993, and enable the more efficient and effective treatment of sewage combined with the additional benefit of renewable power production from the waste water effluent. The plant will have a capacity to process 131t of dry sludge daily and will generate enough renewable energy to meet 55% of Knostrop’s energy needs — enough to power 8,000 households.It will also help the company reduce its carbon emissions by 15%, and contribute to achieving the planned target of recycling 94% of the region’s sludge by 2020.The facility is planned to be complete in 2019.
Construction firm Skanska has won a $122M contract from the Washington State Department of Transportation to rebuild a freeway interchange in Washington, US.The scope of the project — to be delivered on a design-build basis — will involve the reconstruction of both lanes of the Interstate 5 freeway at its interchange with Washington State Route 16 in Tacoma. The work will also include the construction of four direct connector ramps between the SR 16 HOV lanes and the I-5 HOV lanes.Work on the project will commence in September 2016 with completion scheduled for July 2019.
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.
Spanish-based companies Navantia and Windar have won a €120M contract from Iberdrola to supply the foundations for the East Anglia One wind turbines off the coast of the UK.Navantia will produce 34 jackets at its shipyard in Fene, while Windar will forge the jacket piles at its facilities in Avilés.The project — to have an installed capacity of 714MW — is being developed off the coast of East Anglia, UK, in the North Sea.The power generated by the wind farm will be sufficient to supply clean energy to more than 500,000 average UK homes. Iberdrola’s chairman Ignacio Galán said: “Thanks to the quality of the works carried out for our offshore wind farm in Germany and the know-how and expertise acquired in the fabrication of metal structures — both at Fene and Puerto Real yards — we are pleased to announce yet another contract award to Navantia, this time for the East Anglia One offshore wind project being developed by Iberdrola in British waters of the North Sea.”The East Anglia One wind farm will be commissioned in 2020.
A joint venture between KBR, SMEC Australia and US-based Jacobs Engineering has been appointed to oversee design at the Darlington Upgrade project in Adelaide, Australia.The design JV was subcontracted by the Gateway South Consortium — comprising Fulton Hogan and Laing O’Rourke — which was recently selected to design and build the AUD620M ($440M) road project.The Jacobs, KBR and SMEC Australia JV will be responsible for the reconfiguration of the existing 3.3km-long road from the Southern Expressway to north of Tonsley Boulevard, and the design of a lowered, non-stop motorway.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be involved in this landmark transport project for South Australia and look forward to working closely with the other members of the Gateway South team.“This project represents an excellent opportunity to leverage our proven experience and expertise on major transport infrastructure projects.”The majority of the detailed design and approvals work is set to commence in 2016, with all ground works anticipated to be finished by 2018.
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.