UK-based Galliford Try’s building division has been selected as preferred bidder for two student accommodation projects worth £102M in the UK.The unit has been awarded a contract by Newcastle University to build the new £62M Park View Student Village. The project will include the replacement of the existing 1970s buildings in Richardson Road, Newcastle and the construction of 1,279 study bedrooms across six buildings, ranging from four to ten floors, along with a new energy centre.The second contract awarded by Regents Godiva will see the construction of a new £40M project for Coventry University. Located at Godiva Place, the 24,500sq m development will create a 770-bedroom facility along with support facilities and a car and cycle parking for students.Galliford Try CEO Peter Truscott said: "We are delighted to have been chosen by Newcastle University and Regents Godiva to deliver such significant schemes."Higher education is a key sector for us and our success here in being selected for these contracts is a reflection of the capability we have demonstrated in producing high-quality accommodation and housing for a range of clients across the country."
United Technologies has started construction on a new $115M technology centre in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.The new UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings will serve as the global corporate headquarters for UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies.The 21,000sq m facility will feature the latest United Technologies products, along with integrated systems and interactive displays from brands such as Carrier, Otis, Automated Logic, Chubb, Edwards, Kidde and Lenel.In addition, the building will also serve as a high-tech, modern workspace for UTC employees and members of the Otis Americas regional headquarters team.UTC Climate, Controls & Security president Bob McDonough said: "Today, we move one step closer to delivering a first-of-its-kind destination for both the global building community and our neighbours right here in Palm Beach County."This center will serve as a living showcase, demonstrating the latest building technology and pioneering new concepts that will help our customers meet their needs efficiently, sustainably and intelligently."
UK-based developer Peabody has submitted planning applications to the London Borough of Bexley to create new homes in South Thamesmead, London.The £500M project will also see the construction of a new high street along Harrow Manor Way that connects South Thamesmead and Abbey Wood station.The detailed planning application for Southmere Village will see the construction of over 500 new homes, a library, cafes and shops, a lakeside square and outdoor space.The company has also submitted three outline planning applications for Binsey Walk, Coralline Walk and Sedgemere Road. These include the development of about 1,000 homes, landscaped areas, a central square, a public plaza, community gardens, cafes and a new pedestrian route.Peabody’s CEO Stephen Howlett said: “Thamesmead is a special part of London with huge potential for the future.“The creation of 1,500 new homes and a new high street as part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone, together with the arrival of Crossrail means we also have the opportunity to create hundreds of new jobs and attract new business."Peabody is committed to working with local residents to create the dynamic and thriving place where people aspire to live, work and visit.”
US-based Parsons has secured a contract to provide feasibility studies and preliminary design services for an AED6.4bn ($1.74bn) sewer project in Dubai.Under the contract awarded by Dubai Municipality, engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm Parsons will provide services for two deep wastewater tunnels and associated link sewers.The company’s services include the feasibility studies, the preliminary design, the tender preparation and support, along with programme management of the detailed design and construction phases, and supervision of the construction phase of the primary tunnels and pumping station.The tunnels, with a combined length of more than 70km, will cover the key catchments of Deira and Bur Dubai, supported by about 140km sewerage links and pumping stations.Upon completion, the project will eliminate over 100 pump stations across the city that presently transfer wastewater to treatment plants in Al Warsan and Jabal Ali.Parsons Group president Mike Walsh said: “This project is significant to Dubai Municipality and its role in the development of Dubai as a global city.“Parsons has extensive success managing complex and challenging wastewater projects around the world; we look forward to providing our services to Dubai Municipality.”
The £44M Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) will be opened on June 7 by Her Majesty the Queen.The centre, built by construction company BAM, will be home to a combination of neuroimaging equipment unique in Europe, including Europe’s most powerful brain scanner, the Siemens 3 Tesla Connectom MRI System, and a specially adapted MRI scanner of which there is only one other in the world, at Harvard University.Professor Derek Jones, director of CUBRIC, said: “This is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by many people over several years and I would like to thank everyone who played their part in creating this remarkable facility.“The combination of the very best staff in their field and some of the most powerful scanners in the world has the potential for breakthroughs that could make a real difference to people’s lives around the world. “It will be a very special day for us all and a real honour to share it with Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.”CUBRIC, set to support innovation in world-class brain imaging research, will be four times larger than the University’s existing brain research facility.
Otis Elevator Company has introduced the new SkyBuild self-climbing construction elevator.According to the company, the SkyBuild elevator — part of the SkyRise family — enables builders to complete high-rise projects faster, while reducing costs. It is designed to be sustainable and to reduce space requirements and energy.Installed at the beginning of a building’s construction, the elevator’s hydraulic piston system enables it to climb a floor at a time as the construction work advances and the building rises, removing the need for a temporary and external lift subject to different weather conditions. This allows movement of crews and tools quickly and safely.Once construction is complete the elevator transitions for immediate service as a SkyRise lift within the building.Bora Gülan, vice president of Global Major Projects and Key Accounts at Otis said: “The Otis SkyRise product family combines a refined passenger experience with state-of-the-art elevator technologies and support our customers can count on. “Our SkyBuild option now offers customers even more value with an elevator system that rises with the building – quickly and easily jumping one floor at a time to meet the requirements and pace of any project.”
Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company YIT, Onvest and Fennia Mutual Insurance Company have signed an agreement to deliver the Mall of Tripla and its parking facilities in Helsinki as a joint venture. The €600M development will have a leasable floor area of about 85,000sq m for a total of 250 tenants and a parking facility with space for 2,300 cars. The construction commences with Tripla, which will include office space, apartments and a hotel in addition to the shopping mall and the parking facility. The construction project also covers the Pasila station and the adjacent public transport terminal.
Brooklyn Brewery is expanding its operations by constructing a new brewery, headquarters and rooftop restaurant and beer garden at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 77 in New York.Brooklyn Brewery, which opened its first brewery 20 years ago in Williamsburg, will lease a total of 700sq m of the building, which is now undergoing an $185M refurbishment. The revamp of Building 77 will transform 9,300sq m of storage space into a manufacturing, tech and design hub. Brooklyn Brewery’s CEO Eric Ottaway said that in addition to the Navy Yard site, the company is hoping to build a large brewery in Staten Island to handle production that is now done in Utica, New York. The brewery will maintain its brewing operations in its original site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, until its leases expire in 2025.Ottaway added that the company is hoping to extend that lease beyond 2025 and maintain a presence in Williamsburg.Brooklyn Brewery will produce 50,000 barrels annually and will employ 124 people, with the long-term goal of creating an additional 100 jobs. Upon completion in early 2017, the development will create a total of 3,000 jobs.
US-based developer Edens has secured an approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority Board to develop a $200M mixed-use project in Boston.The 6,500sq m development, located near to Edens’ South Bay Center in Boston’s Dorchester neighbourhood, will feature 1,050sq m of restaurants and shops, a 12-screen AMC Theatre with IMAX, a flagship Wahlburger’s, a 130-room hotel, and two parking garages. The developer will also collaborate with Mill Creek Residential to develop 475 multi-family units, which will be in a mix of studios and three-bedroom apartments.During construction, Edens also plans to revamp the 4,000sq m South Bay Center.<iframe src="https://timetric.com/c/UUWD56W/chart/" style="width:500px;height:350px;border:0;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has begun construction on the $220M Lindahl wind project in North Dakota, USA.Upon completion, the 150MW wind farm — owned by EGPNA’s subsidiary Lindahl Wind Project — will be able to generate about 625GWh annually, the equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 50,000 US households. It will also eliminate about 450,000t of CO2 emissions each year.The power generated from the Lindahl wind project will be sold under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement to Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Rafael Gonzalez, head of North America area for Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division, said: “Lindahl underlines the strength of Enel’s growth strategy in North America.“The new wind farm also marks the group’s entrance into a new state, North Dakota, further broadening our geographical footprint in the United States.”The wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2017.
CIMIC Group subsidiaries Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors have been awarded the Canberra light rail stage one project by the Australian Capital Territory Government. The group is part of the Canberra Metro Consortium responsible for the project, and the scope of the work comprises the sponsorship, design, construction, operations, maintenance and equity investment of the Canberra metro.Stage one of the development includes the design and construction of a 12km light rail route from Gungahlin to the city with 13 stops, a depot, and road, signalling and preparatory works. It also involves the on-going operation and maintenance of the light rail system. The project will generate profits to CIMIC of approximately $300M over the design and construction period and $300M over the 20-year concession.CPB Contractors managing director Román Garrido said: “Stage one of Capital Metro will provide the backbone of an accessible and user-friendly public transport system and a new industry for Canberra.“The key to this project’s sustainable and successful delivery is the planned participation of local business. Creating local jobs and enhancing workforce capabilities will benefit future light rail stages and other regional infrastructure projects.”Construction work is expected to be complete in late 2018 and the metro is slated to be operational in early 2019.Canberra Metro comprises the CIMIC Group’s Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors, John Holland, Mitsubishi Corporation, Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments, DB Engineering & Consulting, CAF and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Ltd (MUFG).
The 35m-deep foundation for a $300M mixed-use complex in Sri Lanka is nearing completion.Designed by Gensler and developed by ITC Limited subsidiary WelcomHotels Lanka Private Limited, the complex will include about 350 rooms on 25 floors in the first phase, over 130 luxury residences on 50 floors comprising master penthouses, penthouses, four-, three- and two-bedroom apartments, banqueting and cuisine experiences, as well as retail and serviced office spaces.The project, named ‘ITC One, Colombo 1’, will generate direct employment for around 800 people and indirect employment for another 400 people in its various components. WelcomHotels Lanka managing director Arun Pathak said: "The ITC One, Colombo 1 is a very exciting development, creating an international icon for Colombo, offering the best international quality in hospitality and residences."It truly represents the splendour of gracious living. It is set to be an employment-multiplier and will undoubtedly become a vibrant symbol of Sri Lanka’s resurgent economic growth."
Honda Motor Company has completed construction and inaugurated its new plant located at Rojana Industrial Park in Prachinburi, Thailand.The 214,000 sq m facility has been developed with an investment of THB17.15bn ($484.6M) and has a production capacity of 120,000 units annually. The new plant is equipped with Honda’s highly-efficient and environmentally-responsible production technologies — introduced at Honda’s Yorii Plant in Japan — and will serve to enhance the company’s capability to deliver quality products for customers in Thailand and across the world, says the manufacturer.Honda Motor president, CEO and representative director Takahiro Hachigo said: “Thailand has increased its presence as one of Honda’s production hubs by supplying products and components not only for the home market but also for the world including ASEAN nations, which drive our global sales growth. “I am committed to making certain that the role of Thailand will become even more valuable with the completion of this all-new Prachinburi factory with full advantage of Honda’s newest production technologies.”The plant currently has 1,400 employees.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured an INR16bn ($239.3M) contract for the construction of a coal-based thermal power project in Odisha, India. Under the contract, BHEL will be responsible for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of the 1x250MW coal-based thermal unit at Rourkela Power Project on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis.BHEL’s Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bengaluru plants will manufacture key equipment for the project, and the power sector division of the company will be responsible for civil works and erection or commissioning of the equipment.
Plenary Roads Winnipeg has been selected as the preferred bidder to construct the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) & Pembina Highway Underpass project in Canada.Estimated to cost $587.3M, the project is a public-private partnership with a design-build-finance-operate-maintain model — the private partner will design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the project.The project comprises significant infrastructure components in the southwest quadrant of the city including: the completion of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway; the addition of active transportation infrastructure; the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass; and connections to the University of Manitoba and Investors Group Field.A request for proposals (RFP) was also issued seeking proposals to undertake a functional study to determine the most effective route for a rapid transit line from downtown Winnipeg to eastern Winnipeg. The move represents the initial step toward implementing the next rapid transit corridor.Construction work is expected to commence in mid-2016, with completion scheduled for 2019. Transit operations on the new transitway are anticipated to start in April 2020.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a £700M loan for the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel in London.The project, dubbed the ‘super sewer’, will help tackle overflows of untreated sewage into the river through the centre of the British capital.The 35-year long-term loan has been agreed with Tideway, the new regulated company established to design, build, commission and maintain the 25km tunnel, which will directly control or intercept discharges from more than 30 combined sewer overflow points stretching from Acton in the west to Stratford in the east.EIB’s vice president Jonathan Taylor said: “The new GBP700M loan for Tideway represents the European Investment Bank’s largest-ever water loan and the most significant support for UK infrastructure since Crossrail.“This demonstrates the EIB’s strong commitment as the largest source of financing for long-term investment in UK water infrastructure since before privatisation and builds on more than £2bn of support for investment to improve London’s water and waste water infrastructure since 1989.“We are pleased to support the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a world-class engineering scheme, delivering infrastructure vital to clean up the Thames.”
The 402MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Project has secured £1.3bn of project financing.The wind farm, located 32km from the coast of North Norfolk, UK, is being developed by Statoil (35%), Abu Dhabi-based Masdar (35%), and Statkraft (30%). Allen & Overy, a UK-based law firm, is advising the Mandated Lead Arrangers on the long-term financing, which will fund the capital requirements of the wind farm.Statkraft and Statoil are also participating in the financing through sponsor co-lending, Statkraft will finance its 30% share in the project, while Statoil will finance a share of 17.5%.Chris Andrew, lead Allen & Overy partner on the deal said: “This is a landmark transaction as it’s the first UK offshore wind project to obtain financing under the UK government’s new ‘Contract for Difference’ regime.“Detailed preparatory work meant financing on this project was nevertheless executed very quickly.”
The University of Maryland has unveiled plans to redevelop several existing businesses into a mixed-use development.The $110M project will feature 300 luxury apartments and will also serve and enhance the amenities available to a community of more than 50,000 students and university staff.It involves collaboration between Bozzuto, Willard Retail, and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the entity that will acquire the property in early 2017. Bozzuto president and CEO Toby Bozzuto said: "We are grateful to have been selected to develop this wonderful project with the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, Prince George's County, and Willard Retail."The combination of our previous experience developing Monroe Street Market with Catholic University and the strength of our partners will create a community to complement the university's ongoing redevelopment efforts in downtown College Park. This is a rare opportunity to develop a project with transformative potential and we are proud of our stake in this extraordinary collaboration."
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) has awarded four work package contracts worth MYR4.2bn (about $1bn) for the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Malaysia. The contracts include two viaduct and two systems work packages.MRT Corp has awarded the MYR1.62bn ($401.6M) Systems Work Package SY203 to HAP Consortium for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of electric trains and depot equipment for the SSP Line. A consortium of Bombardier (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Global Rail Sdn Bhd has won the second systems work package, Package SY201, valued at MYR458.02M ($113.5M) and covering the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of the signalling and train control system for the SSP Line. IJM Construction has secured Work Package V203 worth MYR1.47bn ($364.4M) for the construction of the 4.6km viaduct guideway and other associated works from Jinjang to Jalan Ipoh North Portal.Malaysian Resources Corporation has won Work Package V210 valued at MYR648M ($160.6M) for the construction and completion of the 2.6km viaduct guideway and other associated works from Persiaran APEC, Cyberjaya to Putrajaya Sentral.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to provide $250M for infrastructure projects in Egypt.EBRD has signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC) aimed at improving services in the transport and water sectors.Under the first MoU, EBRD will support the refurbishment of the Heliopolis tram link between the Ramsis and Almaza areas in Cairo. The entire cost of the project is estimated to be $500M.The second MoU is the bank’s first formal engagement in developing a water irrigation system — part of a programme developed by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) of Egypt for the modernisation of the irrigation system to increase efficiency and quality of services.