The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has broken ground on a $485M project to expand its tyre factory in Pulandian, China.The project will boost the plant’s annual capacity by about 5M tyres. Goodyear chairman, CEO and president Richard Kramer said: “This investment in our Pulandian factory speaks to our long-term strategy of pursuing sustainable growth in the Asia Pacific region and increasing Goodyear’s presence in high-value segments of the global tyre market that are growing at rates above the total industry where we can capture the value of our brand.”Work is expected to be complete by 2020.
China State Construction Engineering (Middle East) has secured an AED554M ($151M) contract from Damac Properties for the construction of the Paramount Residences at the Paramount Tower Hotel and Residences in Dubai.
AlMoayyed Contracting has been selected as the main contractor by GFH Real Estate (GFHRE) for its Harbour Row project in Bahrain.
India-based G R Infraprojects has secured an INR14.4bn ($216M) contract for the widening of a highway segment in Punjab, India.
A consortium of China Railway Construction Corporation, China Railway Group and China Communications Construction Company has won a MYR8.9bn ($2.1bn) contract for a railway project in southern Malaysia.
Carillion and its joint venture partner KBR have won construction and facilities management support services contracts worth £1.1bn from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to support the Army Basing Programme.
Indian engineering and construction firm BGR Energy Systems has won a contract from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution (TANGEDCO) for Stage III of the 800MW North Chennai Thermal Power project in Tamil Nadu, India.
Multiplex has completed construction on the fourth tower of the Walker Corporation’s $2.5bn Collins Square development in Melbourne, Australia.
China Communications Construction Company has won a MYR46bn ($10.9bn) engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the construction of the East Coast Rail Link project in Malaysia.The 620km rail line, expected to cost MYR55bn ($13.1bn), will include the construction of an east-west trunk railway line in Malaysia, connecting eastern cities and towns with the nation’s capital. Upon completion, the project will connect townships such as Port Klang, ITT (Integrated Transport Terminal) Gombak, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Baru and Tumpat.The rail line, financed by the Export-Import Bank of China, will be delivered in phases. Construction work is expected to commence in early 2017 and be completed in 2022.
Jacobs Engineering has been appointed as a member of the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte joint venture (FHSW JV) to provide design services for the Bruce Highway Upgrade Project in Queensland, Australia.
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Arup have installed a new type of ‘living wall’ in the UK for the first time, with the technology fitted to scaffolding in Mayfair, London.The 80sq m ‘Living Wall Lite’ comprises a mixture of grasses, flowers and strawberries. According to Arup, the structure has been installed on scaffolding at the St Mark’s building on North Audley Street. Grosvenor is transforming the property into retail and community space, due to be completed in 2017.Besides the potential to reduce air pollution, Arup’s ‘Cities Alive: Green Building Envelope’ report has also shown that ‘living walls’ can reduce noise pollution by up to 10 decibels. Grosvenor development director Mark Tredwell said: “This is a great initiative and is in line with our long-term ambition to improve the environmental sustainability of the buildings across our London estate, reducing emissions by 50% by 2030. As the estate continues to adapt and evolve we want to ensure that the impact on the community is positive. As well as reducing air pollution, we hope the ‘living wall’ will introduce a rich biodiversity to Mayfair and encourage people to linger in the area.” Alistair Law, Arup façade engineer and the ‘Living Wall Lite’ developer said: “Living Wall Lite has the potential to transform scaffolding and hoardings into much more than just a cover-up. By introducing plants and flowers, we can create a more attractive and healthier environment for local residents, businesses and workers on site.”The ‘living wall’, designed by Arup and manufactured by Swedish ‘living wall’ specialist Green Fortune, will be fitted with sensors to monitor its impact on noise, temperature and air pollution.Find more information on ‘living walls’ here.
Lulu Group International has announced a AED2bn ($544.5M) plan to develop three malls in Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah and Dubai.
Multiplex has been selected by M&L Hospitality to build a boutique hotel at 65 Sussex Street in Sydney’s central business district (CBD), Australia.
Welsh cabinet secretary for health Vaughan Gething has approved the construction of a healthcare facility in Cwmbran, Wales.
Malaysia-based Sarawak Energy has signed an agreement with General Electric (GE) and Sinohydro for the construction of the 400MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) Block at Tanjung Kidurong in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Laing O’Rourke has been chosen as the preferred bidder to construct two hotels and a new shopping mall in Dubai.
Moda Living is set to redevelop the Strathclyde Police’s former headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland, into a housing development.
Developers Lendlease and London & Continental Railways (LCR) have received planning consent for a £250M office project in Stratford, East London.
Bozzuto Group has broken ground on a $170M commercial and residential development in Maryland, US.
Plans to transform the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in New York City into a five-acre live-work campus have been unveiled.