Leighton Contractors Asia in a joint venture with China State Construction Engineering Hong Kong has won an AUD1.58bn ($1.19bn) contract for the construction of Tseung Kwan O—Lam Tin Tunnel in Hong Kong.The contract, awarded by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, will include the construction of a 2.2km two‐lane highway tunnel together with associated slip roads, branch tunnels, viaducts and tunnel portal facilities.The works will also involve the delivery of two ventilation buildings and an administration building, as well as implementation of all associated building and supporting works.CIMIC Group’s executive chairman and CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “Delivering large infrastructure projects in busy urban areas is a core capability for Leighton Asia.“We value the opportunity to contribute our civil engineering capabilities to accommodate future growth through the expansion of infrastructure in such a fast growing city.”Leighton Asia’s managing director Manuel Alvarez Munoz said: “Leighton Asia has developed strong working relationships with both our JV partner, China State, and with our client, the Hong Kong government.“Through continued delivery of infrastructure that enhances Hong Kong’s transport systems, we are in a good position for future work.”Construction will begin in July 2016 and take about five years to complete.
Construction has started on Scotland’s biggest waste water tunnel, using a tunnel boring machine named Daisy.The Shieldhall Tunnel will be constructed for Scottish Water by the Glasgow Tunnel Partnership, run by a commercial joint venture between Costain and Vinci Construction Grands Projets called CVJV.The £100M tunnel measures 5km in length and forms a key part of Scottish Water’s £250M five-year programme of work to enhance river water quality and the natural environment.The 1,000t TBM being used for the projects measures 180m in length and will commence construction on the tunnel between Craigton and Queen’s Park. The machine was named Daisy the Driller by Lewis Bennett of Craigton Primary School, through a competition run by Scottish Water. The TBM is expected to complete its journey and emerge at Queen’s Park after nearly 13 months, when the new tunnel will be connected to the existing network.The cabinet secretary for environment, climate change and land reform Roseanna Cunningham has launched the tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the project.Scottish Water CEO Douglas Millican said: “The Shieldhall Tunnel is the biggest of many projects which are progressing deep beneath the Greater Glasgow area’s streets largely out of sight of most people who live, work and travel here.“Much of the existing waste water infrastructure was built in Victorian times and the modernisation of the system and construction of new underground assets such as the Shieldhall Tunnel will enable Greater Glasgow to realise its above-ground aspirations.”The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
A consortium led by Eiffage Génie Civil has been awarded a €200M contract by the French government space agency (CNES) for the construction of Ariane 6 ELA 4 launch complex in Guiana.The Ariane 6 programme, approved by European Space Agency (ESA) in 2014, aims to minimise the cost of space launch by half compared to Ariane 5.CNES was handed the responsibility to develop the programme’s ground facilities at the Guiana Space Centre and in February issued an European tender invitation for the construction of the ELA 4 infrastructure, which has now been awarded to Eclair6 consortium.The consortium will be responsible for the construction of all ELA 4 structures, including the launch pad and its two flame trenches, the 6,000t, 90m-high mobile service gantry and the BAL launcher assembly building. The project will require 7,000t of reinforcement, 400,000cb m of earth and 7,500t of structural steel.Construction is set to start immediately and is scheduled to be complete in October 2018, with the first Ariane 6 launch scheduled for late 2020.
US-based developer Next Century Partners has received $1bn in construction financing for its Century Plaza Hotel redevelopment in Los Angeles, California.The project secured a $446M senior loan from a consortium led by J.P. Morgan Chase, $120M of mezzanine financing from an investment vehicle managed by Colony Capital and $450M of EB-5 financing provided by CMB Export LLC Regional Center.The $2.5bn mixed-use development will feature two 46-storey luxury residential towers, restaurants, retail shops and a new five-star 400-room hotel.The project is expected to commence later this summer and create more than 12,300 construction and permanent jobs.
Specialist regeneration and development firm Urbo has submitted plans for a £175M mixed-use development project at West Bar, Sheffield.The West Bar Square project comprises 10 buildings, each with self-contained parking.The scheme, fronting Sheffield’s inner relief road, will create up to 130,000sq m of space, most of which will be office space.The application also includes plans for apartments blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants, retail units and public spaces.The project presents a significant step forward in the regeneration of Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, which already contains major employers such as the Home Office and lawyers Irwin Mitchell.Peter Swallow, Urbo’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to move West Bar Square to the next level. It is a very significant development for the city and will create a premier business district to attract major employers.“There has also been strong interest in private rented sector apartments with many investment funds eager to house people in a purpose-built environment.”Site assembly and clearance is already underway to enable the earliest possible start on site, subject to planning approval.
Madison’s City Council has given the go-ahead to the $170M Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison, USA.The redevelopment will cover two downtown blocks that currently house the Madison Municipal Building and the Government East parking garage.The project plans by Beitler Real Estate Services include construction of 354 apartments, retail and office space, and a parking facility. Work will also involve construction of a hotel with 250 rooms.The project is subject to various approvals, such as land use considerations.The project faced many set backs through the years. This started with biotechnology firm Exact Sciences scrapping plans for Judge Doyle Square headquarters. Later, the city received two updated proposals for the Judge Doyle Square project from Beitler Real Estate Services Joint Venture and Vermilion Enterprises, with Beitler finally being selected.Construction on the project is expected to commence in 2017.
L&T’s construction unit has won contracts worth a combined value of INR35.9bn ($534.1M) across various business lines.The company’s heavy civil infrastructure business, along with partner PES Engineers Private, has bagged an INR18.5bn ($274.4M) contract to build a barrage in Telangana, India.The scope of the contract, awarded by the Irrigation and Command Area Development Department of Telangana, includes construction of a 1632m-long barrage with radial gates.The scope of the contract also includes mechanical works related to the barrage radial gates with rope drum hoist arrangements, as well as construction of 2592m guide bunds on either side of the barrage across river Godavari at Medigadda, Mahadevapur in Karimnagar district, Telangana.L&T’s deputy managing director and president S.N. Subrahmanyan said: “It is noteworthy that the Government of Telangana has initiated work on the Medigadda Barrage Project in a very systematic and remarkable manner. “Christened a “Dream Project” of Telangana state, L&T is indeed proud to be part of this improvement plan to create irrigated agricultural production systems, which are vital for our country’s development.“This order reaffirms our expertise in building complex irrigation systems to empower the agrarian belts of the country.”L&T’s Water & Effluent Treatment Business has won an INR10.4bn ($154.8M) engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract from the Water Resources Department of Madhya Pradesh to build a balancing reservoir, distribution chamber and pumping station at Bansujara left bank’s main canal in Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh.The contract includes design, procurement, construction and installation of pumping systems, rising and gravity main lines, branch lines, as well as distribution network including control and regulation system.The business has also bagged a contract from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Gujarat, to build a 30 MLD Common Effluent Treatment Plant and associated pumping station at Danilimda, Ahmedabad. The plant will make use of sequential batch reactor technology.L&T’s Building & Factories Business has secured an INR3.94bn ($58.5M) contract for the construction of software development blocks. The scope of the work includes civil, structural, MEP and finishing works.L&T’s Power Transmission & Distribution Business has won EPC contracts valued at INR3.12bn ($46.3M) in the international market. This includes a contract from a Middle East customer to build two high-voltage substations. The business also won an order to build a medium voltage distribution substation and underground cabling works from Millennium Challenge Account in Malawi, Africa.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead to a $250M wind farm project in Hettinger and Stark Counties, North Dakota.The Brady II Wind Energy Center will have a capacity of about 150MW and will comprise up to 72 wind turbines that are expected to be located in Hettinger County. Underground electrical collection systems and cables are expected to be located in Stark County.The project will cover an area of about 17,762 acres in northern Hettinger County and nearly 2,554 acres in Stark County. Permanent structures are expected to cover an area of about 74 acres during operation.Commissioner Brian Kalk said: “Each wind project is unique in some way and the Commission continues to work through issues within our jurisdiction to find the best solution for each project and at the same time respecting the role of the counties in the process.“As wind projects continue to come before us, we are committed to continue working with the Association of Counties to plan ahead for all types of energy development.” The new facility will be located adjacent to the southern boundary of the 150MW first Brady Wind project that secured the Commission’s approval last month. It will feature up to 87 turbines in Stark County.
Italian company Saipem has secured EUR1.5bn in contracts and variation orders for engineering and construction (E&C) at offshore projects, including the field development project for the Zohr gas field. Saipem bagged an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract from Petrobel for the accelerated start-up of the Zohr gas field project off the Egyptian coast in the Mediterranean Sea. The scope of the work includes the installation of a 26-inch gas export trunkline as well as 14-inch and 8-inch service trunklines. The company will also carry out EPCI work for the field development in deep water — up to 1700m — of 6 wells as well as installation of the umbilical system. Petrobel, a joint venture between Eni and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, is responsible for the development of the Zohr project on behalf of PetroShorouk — a joint venture between Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company and Eni.Saipem’s CEO Stefano Cao said: “We are very pleased to have been selected for the important objective of delivering first gas from Zohr before the end of 2017. “We will mobilize a fleet of vessels with last-generation capabilities, and leverage on our proven expertise and consolidated presence in the area, in order to ensure our clients achieve their targets.”Work on the project is expected to commence in July 2016 and be completed by the end of 2017.
John Mcaslan + Partners is developing proposals for Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London.The project’s priority is to reinstate all fire-damaged elements of the mosque — to be the largest in Western Europe — as it was destroyed in a fire in 2015. The proposals also include a new façade, courtyard space, increased accommodation, as well as vehicle and pedestrian entrances.Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK national president Rafiq Hayat said: “John McAslan + Partners are world renowned architects and the proposed design reflects their high standard of creativity and expertise that is also shaping how we can better manage the flow and space in and around the complex.”John McAslan, John McAslan + Partners chairman said: “We are honoured to have been given this prestigious opportunity to design a long-term, strategic masterplan for the Baitul Futuh Mosque, which serves one of Europe’s most significant Muslim communities.”The mosque is set to the largest in Western Europe.
American oil giant Chevron has given the go-ahead to the $36.8bn Tengiz oil field expansion project in Kazakhstan.The Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project ((FGP-WPMP) is expected to raise crude oil production at the Tengiz oil field — owned and operated by Tengizchevroil (TCO), which is an affiliate of Chevron — by about 260,000 barrels daily.$27.1bn of the project’s cost will be used for facilities, while $3.5bn will be used for wells and $6.2bn for contingency and escalation. The project will make use of advanced sour gas injection technology, which has been successfully developed and proven during TCO’s expansion in 2008. Chevron’s chairman and CEO John Watson said: "The Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project represents an excellent opportunity for the company. The project builds on a record of strong performance at Tengiz and will add value for Chevron and its stockholders." Chevron Upstream executive vice president Jay Johnson added: "This project builds on the successes of prior expansions at Tengiz and is ready to move forward. It has undergone extensive engineering and construction planning reviews and is well-timed to take advantage of lower costs of oil industry goods and services." First oil is expected to be delivered in 2022.
Indian multi-national conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has started work on Mumbai Metro Line 3 project.The project, valued at INR52.7bn ($781.8M), will be carried by the heavy civil infrastructure business of L&T Construction in association with its partner STEC of China.Work will include design and construction of underground stations as well as associated tunnels for Package 1 and Package 7 of the development.The Package 1 will include construction of underground stations at Cuffe Parade, Vidhan Bhavan, Church Gate, Hutatma Chowk, along with associated tunnels.The Package 7 will include construction of underground stations at Marol Naka, MIDC and SEEPZ, as well as associated tunnels from International Airport to SEEPZ.L&T’s deputy managing director and president S. N. Subrahmanyan said: "This is a significant win in the heavy civil infrastructure space and we hope that this is a sign for many such projects involving vital infrastructure that are in the offing."This mandate is truly representative of our expertise in building metros as we are already building some major metro projects in India and Middle East. With the support of our partners, we are confident of delivering as per the requirements of our client."The project is scheduled for completion in 48 months.
Virginia’s proposed Atlantic Gateway project has received a $165M grant from the US Department of Transportation.The grant, allocated under the DOT’s FASTLANE program, will be combined with $565M in private investments and $710M in other transportation funds.The project is part of the $1.4bn state effort to ease traffic congestion on the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.The development will include the construction of 23km of new rail track, the extension of 95 express lanes for 11km north to the Potomac River and the extension of the 95 express lanes 16km south to Fredericksburg.Work will also involve the construction of a new southbound bridge on I-95 across the Rappahannock River, as well as new commuter parking, technology upgrades and new truck parking.Governor Terry McAuliffe said: “Winning this significant federal grant will allow Virginia to move forward on a project that will transform travel conditions and stimulate economic growth across our Commonwealth. Our administration worked with federal, state, local and private sector parties to submit a package of transportation improvements that will have far-reaching benefits for everyone who travels the Commonwealth, whether by car, bus or train.”Construction work will be carried out in phases, and portions will start as early as 2017.
Aecon has won two energy contracts from Union Gas and Spectra Energy in Canada.A $250M contract has been awarded to Aecon by Union Gas Limited for work on its Dawn-Parkway expansion project in Ontario, Canada. The scope of the work includes the construction of natural gas compressor facilities at its Bright, Dawn and Lobo compressor station locations.Construction work has commenced and is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017.The second contract is a four-year Master Service Agreement (MSA) from Spectra Energy for pipelines facilities in Western Canada.The MSA contract involves construction work at Spectra’s compressor stations and related labour on pipeline facilities on the natural gas transmission system in British Columbia. Construction work is already underway.Aecon’s energy executive vice president Mark Scherer said: “Building partnerships and alliances forms the backbone of our business, and we look forward to working on these essential programs as we continue our strategic alliance with Union Gas and Spectra Energy in both Eastern and Western Canada.”
DONG Energy has been awarded the concession to build the Netherlands’ offshore wind farms Borssele 1 and 2 from Netherlands’ Minister of Economic Affairs.The wind farms will have a capacity of two times 350MW and will cover the annual power consumption of 1M Dutch households.The project will be located 22km from the coast of Zeeland province, with a water depth of 14-38m, and covering an area of 128.3sq km. DONG Energy’s wind power head and executive vice president Samuel Leupold said: “Winning this tender in a highly competitive field of bidders is another proof of our market-leading position and our business model which builds on continued innovation, industrialisation and scale. “With Borssele 1 and 2, we’re crossing the levelized cost of electricity mark of EUR 100 per MWh for the first time and are reaching a critical industry milestone more than three years ahead of time. This demonstrates the great potential of offshore wind.”The company will build the wind farms within four years with a flexibility of one year.
Carillion has secured a contract to build the first building of Birmingham’s transformational Paradise Scheme.The UK-based company is the phase one enabling and infrastructure contractor for the £500M mixed-use project, and has now been named as the contractor for the seven-storey contemporary building. The 16,000sq m ‘One Chamberlain Square’ will include a roof terrace on the sixth floor and restaurants and retail units on the ground level. Simon Dingle, Carillion’s operations director, said: “Paradise is a crucial project for the city and Carillion is very proud to be playing such a major role in its delivery. “We are looking forward to completing the enabling works on the site and being able to bring our considerable experience to construct One Chamberlain Square.”The Paradise scheme will involve the development of commercial, civic, retail, leisure and hotel space, as well as improving pedestrian access and enhancing public realm.The project is being developed through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP) — a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council.
Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has awarded three work package contracts worth MYR1.38bn ($342.7M) to build the Sungai Buloh-Serdang Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Malaysia.The contracts include two system work packages and one advance work package.Colas Rail Consortium has been awarded MYR693.03M ($172.1M) system work package, SY205, for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of power supply and distribution system for the SSP Line. Sapura – EVD Consortium has won the second system work package, SY206, for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of communications, government integrated radio network, commercial telecom (Infra) and information technology system for the SSP Line. The contract is valued at MYR632M ($156.9M).SN Akmida Holdings has secured a MYR59.5M ($14.7M) advance work package for the construction and completion of Sungai Besi police quarters and other associated works.
Dubai-based Najibi Group has announced an AUD400M ($297M) ‘active lifestyle’ theme park in Australia.The development will include a ‘Wave Reservoir’, waterpark and extreme water sports facilities, an Olympic standard training centre, a 4-star hotel, a conference and exhibition centre, restaurants and retail outlets. Najibi’s executive chairman Talal Najibi said: "This project marks a major milestone in Najibi's strategy to diversify its interests and investments."We feel this is the right time to invest in Australia. The Sunshine Coast, Queensland is rife with opportunities, and we are confident that this project will be extremely successful."Construction on the project is scheduled to commence in 2017, and will create 2,000 direct and indirect jobs during its construction period.
French tyre company Michelin has unveiled plans to construct a new €450M production plant in Mexico.The 142,000sq m plant, to be located in León, Guanajuato, will produce high-end tyres for passenger cars and light trucks. The new facility, the group’s 21st in North America and 69th across the world, is expected to manufacture four to five million tyres annually during the initial production phase, ramping up gradually.Michelin Mexico’s director Mike Boggs said: “We’re pleased to strengthen our industrial presence in Mexico, thereby being able to satisfy the needs of North American car manufacturers and motorists looking for high-quality tyres that are perfectly adapted to their usage conditions.”Construction work is set to commence in the second half of 2016 with tyres expected to come off the production line in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Construction has commenced on Foster + Partners’ multi-million transformation of one of Stockholm’s oldest locks into a dynamic urban quarter in Stockholm, Sweden.The SEK12bn ($1.4bn) project, known as New Slussen, has been designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with the city of Stockholm.The project will replace the lock’s dilapidated water and transport infrastructure.The new masterplan offers an opportunity to readdress balance between road vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists while enhancing the public realm.The development will include a new civic quarter that will provide transport links alongside new public buildings, new restaurants, cafes and cultural amenities.It will also feature a ‘Water Plaza’ — a pedestrianised public space arranged around the new navigation lock and realigned quayside.Foster + Partners’ head of design Spencer de Grey said: “The City of Stockholm has truly embraced a wonderful opportunity to re-establish and reinforce the vital link between Stockholm’s central islands of Södermalm and the heritage site of Gamla stan, rehabilitating the historic fabric of the city while creating a lively new urban destination for all.“This is a once in a life time undertaking in a uniquely significant and spectacular setting. We are honoured and very proud to be a part of this incredible and visionary project.”