Construction is set to begin later this year on the construction of 3,000 new homes in North Lincolnshire, UK.The new homes are part of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes development west of the M181.The development — set to be the largest residential-led regeneration scheme in the north of England — will cover 5,100 acres of land and create six new villages on the outskirts of Scunthorpe. The project will involve the construction of a new business park, a football stadium, 7,739 new homes, leisure facilities, shopping centres, schools, cafes, pubs, hotels and restaurants.Plans will also include major improvements to the existing roads, including two new junctions that will help reduce congestion in busy areas, and a £13M flood defence enhancement scheme along the River Trent.Due to the size of the scheme, KMG Lucent Fund and Maltgrade have filed separate planning applications. North Lincolnshire Council has already approved four applications submitted by KMG Lucent Fund and will consider three applications from Maltgrade on 27 July 2016. The project is expected to create 5,000 jobs in the region.
US-based hotel development and management firm North Point Hospitality has started construction on a new $137M Marriott hotel in the USA.The company introduced the project by unveiling an original 300-pound model of the hotel, made with 63,636 Lego bricks. The development will include a 209-room AC Hotel, a 136-room Residence Inn and a 125-room SpringHill Suites.According to North Point Hospitality, guests of the three hotels will have access to all amenities within the tri-branded property, which will only have one main entrance. North Point Hospitality’s president and CEO S Jay Patel said: “This is an historic day for Nashville and the Marriott brand. We are excited to partner with Marriott to bring this tri-branded design to ‘booming’ Nashville.“Having successfully developed a dual-branded hotel in the past, the tri-branded concept was a natural progression.”The development is anticipated to open in mid-2018.
Construction firm China Wu Yi has secured a KES16.4bn ($161.7M) contract from the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) for the expansion of the James Gichuru-Mai Mahi road in Kenya.The company will be responsible for the extension of a 25km stretch of Waiyaki Way, starting from the James Gichuru Road junction to the Mai Mahiu turn-off on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.The scope of the work will include the construction of 13 bridges at interchange locations, 21 pedestrian overpasses, five overpasses, and the installation of street lighting.The project forms part of a World Bank-financed road expansion project, which involves the conversion of 45.2km of road between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Rironi into a superhighway.The expansion project is anticipated to take 36 months to complete.
Turner Construction and Aecom have been selected by Hollywood Park Land Company to manage the construction of a new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams football team.The new 70,000-seat stadium is the centrepiece of a 298-acre mixed-use development being constructed in Inglewood, California.The stadium will include 275 luxury suites, over 16,000 premium seats, and about 279,000sq m of usable space. In addition to its seating capacity, the venue will also offer standing room for 27,000 spectators.Turner/AECOM joint venture principal-in-charge Robert Aylesworth said: "Construction of the new stadium is expected to provide more than 3,500 on-site construction jobs in Inglewood and, in total, more than 10,000 jobs through completion."We are bringing together a team of outstanding, highly creative people from Southern California, across the United States and around the world to build this once-in-a-lifetime project."The Turner/AECOM team joins three other firms already involved in the project: Project Development, which is providing project management services; HKS Architects of Dallas, which designed the new stadium; and Wilson Meany of San Francisco, which is providing entitlement and infrastructure management services.
India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the construction of a 1,320MW power plant in Bangladesh.The $1.49bn contract was awarded by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Limited (BIFPCL) for a turnkey package to build a 2x660MW Maitree Super Thermal Power Project at Rampal Upazila, under the Bagerhat district."The project is adopting stringent environmental norms with highly efficient machinery and state-of-art technologies have been selected for this project to make it an environment friendly project," NTPC said in a statement. BIFPCL is an equal-stake joint venture between Bangladesh Power development Board and NTPC of India.The plant is expected to be operational during the 2019-20 financial year.
Genesis Housing Association and Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) have received planning consent from the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) for a £175M mixed-use regeneration project in Hammersmith & Fulham.The development, named Oaklands, will include 605 new homes, 40% of which will be part of the ‘affordable’ scheme, a 4,000sq m creative hub and a link road into Old Oak.The Oaklands site is located on the western part of the Old Oak regeneration area, south of the Grand Union Canal.Over the next 30 to 40 years, up to 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs are expected to be created at Old Oak and Park Royal — set to be the key transport interchange for Crossrail and HS2.Genesis Housing Association CEO Neil Hadden said: "We are delighted to be part of the redevelopment of Old Oak, one of Hammersmith and Fulham’s most important regeneration sites at which so many new homes will be built, of which 240 will be affordable."We are committed to the future regeneration of Old Oak and partnerships such as the one we have with QPR will enable us to invest, not only in building new homes, but in developing new communities."The project is now going to the Mayor of London for a final review. Construction work is set to begin in this financial year and is expected to take three years to be fully complete.
Magellan Midstream Partners has unveiled plans to build a new $335M high-capacity marine terminal along the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena, Texas.The new terminal will be constructed on a recently-acquired 200-acre site and will be able to handle refined petroleum products, including various grades of gasoline and diesel fuel, and renewable fuels. The project’s initial plans include the construction of about 1M barrels of refined products and ethanol storage supported by a long-term customer commitment. It will also involve the construction of a new marine dock capable of handling Panamax-sized ships or barges with up to a 40ft draft.Furthermore, a 36-inch diameter pipeline will be constructed between the partnership's existing Galena Park, Texas terminal and the new terminal. The existing 18-inch Texas City—Pasadena pipeline will be also connected to the new facility.Magellan Midstream Partners’ CEO Michael Mears said: "Demand for refined products export capabilities from the Gulf Coast continues to grow, and Magellan is well-positioned to take advantage of these opportunities due to our extensive pipeline and terminals network."We are pleased to expand our marine storage capabilities to meet the strong industry demand for both domestic and international exports while solidifying our strategic position as a key provider of storage and transportation services in the Gulf Coast region."The new Pasadena terminal is expected to be operational in early 2019, subject to receipt of necessary permits and regulatory approval.
Balfour Beatty has secured a pre-construction services agreement with Wanda One to construct two luxury residential towers near Vauxhall, London.The award follows the securing of financing by the Dalian Wanda Group for the £1bn One Nine Elms project — designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.Balfour Beatty and Wanda One are now working together to agree on the final contract details, to be awarded by the end of the year.Balfour Beatty’s UK construction services business managing director Dean Banks said: “We are pleased to be awarded the pre-construction services agreement for One Nine Elms and to be partnering with Wanda to get this fantastic project underway. “This reflects the depth and breadth of experience we have in this sector and builds on the success of similar projects across London.”The project was firstly awarded to the Interserve and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) joint venture, which abandoned it in April.
Laing O’Rourke has been awarded a third work package for the Ichthys project onshore LNG facilities in Darwin, Australia.Under the $200M package, the company will be responsible for providing civil finishing works at Bladin Point. Laing O’Rourke’s region director Stuart Crofts said: “This is the third major package we have secured on this project.“In 2012 Laing O’Rourke was awarded the EPC contract to deliver a network of four massive cryogenic tanks — in consortium with Kawasaki Heavy Industries — and the $260M contract to deliver the 3,500 bed Manigurr-ma Village in Howard Springs.“The logistically challenging project will see the project delivery team working in and around a number of other contractors completing major work packages on the site, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries — Laing O’Rourke’s own Cryogenic Tanks team.“Laing O’Rourke’s demonstrated capability to work collaboratively with a large number of stakeholders and our commitment to the use of Digital Engineering and innovative solutions to manage complex interfaces and deliver to the client’s program was instrumental in our success.”
INSHA Contracting and Trading has won a QAR1bn ($274.6M) contract from Barwa Real Estate for the construction of the first phase of the QAR1.5bn ($412M) Motor City project in Qatar.‘Madinat Al Muwatar’ — to be located on Rawdat Rashed Road, near the intersection with Salwa Road — will house various services related to the sale, purchase and maintenance of used vehicles.The project’s first phase will be constructed on a 215,600sq m site and will include 60 car showrooms with a total area of 18,500sq m, 176 residential apartments, and 10 commercial shops and workshops.The development will also include three electrical substations, internal roads, a petrol station, potable water, firefighting, irrigation, sewage, storm water and CCTV networks, as well as all related services, such as pump rooms and tanks with a total build up area of 34,000sq m. The first phase is expected to be built in 12 months.
Developer Argent Related has entered into a partnership with Haringey Council for the new £1bn Tottenham Hale development in London, UK.The project will provide nearly 800 homes around the Tottenham Hale transport hub, with access to the Victoria line, National Rail and future Crossrail 2 services.The development will include new shops, cafes and restaurants, community facilities and a health centre.It will also feature improved green spaces and better access to both the new Tottenham Hale transport interchange and the Lee Valley Regional Park.Robert Evans, Argent’s partner, said: "Argent Related is focused on opportunities, like Tottenham Hale, to work with committed local authority partners to transform urban areas and improve the lives of communities with the right housing and workspace provision, social and community facilities, public infrastructure and other investment."We are delighted with today's decision and look forward to moving forward quickly, into design and delivery."
Jacobs Engineering Group has been appointed as client-side technical advisor by the Western Australia Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the AUD2bn ($1.5bn) Forrestfield Airport Rail Link in Australia.The project includes the construction of about 8.5km of underground rail. The twin-bored tunnels will connect an existing underground rail line to the Perth airport and the eastern foothill suburbs to the rail network. It will also involve the construction of new overground and underground stations.Under the contract, Jacobs will be responsible for the provision of a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental team to review the project’s design and construction documentation.The team will review and confirm the technical acceptance of safety critical systems and adherence to PTA operations, maintenance and other policy conditions, as well as compliance with other stakeholder requirements.Jacobs is also acting as the discipline lead for rail and building services — mechanical and electrical, and is being supported by sub-consultants B,G&E and Golder & Associates.Jacobs’ senior vice president of buildings and infrastructure Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be part of this important public transport project for Western Australia, and we look forward to contributing significant value based on our expertise in the rail sector.“We recognize successful delivery for this project requires a well integrated delivery team that works seamlessly to meet tight review timeframes. As such, we are employing a partnership model with our sub-consultants, rather than a traditional lead and sub-consultant relationship.”
Sacyr subsidiary SIS has secured a contract to build and manage the 186km Rome-Latina freeway in Italy.The contract, awarded by Autostrade del Lazio, has a concession period of 43 years. It includes the construction of 100km of freeway and 86km of secondary roads.Estimated to cost €2.8bn, the project represents the final part of Lazio Major Bypass, which includes the Sole, Cisterna-Valmontone, Rome-Latina and Orte-Civitavecchia freeways.It also involves the construction of 78 viaducts and overpasses with a total length of 23.7km, two tunnels, five cut-and-fill tunnels, 17 link roads and three central toll barriers.
A report released by Unesco supports plans for the conversion of the A303 at Stonehenge into a tunnel.In October 2015, the UK received representatives from the Unesco World Heritage Centre to investigate and advise on issues related to the proposed project.The report concluded that the proposed 2.9km dual carriageway tunnel will have a positive impact on the site, even though the organisation is cautious about the possible adverse effects on the historic landscape, including the position and design of tunnel entrances, embankments, entry and exit ramps and the construction work. However, it stated that those issues could be addressed with “good design and construction controls”.Several heritage groups have welcomed the report. Kate Mavor, chief executive of English Heritage, which looks after Stonehenge said: “Provided that it is designed and built in the right way, a tunnel would reunite the wider landscape around the ancient stones, helping people to better understand and enjoy them." Part of the government’s £15bn five-year Road Investment Strategy, the project is expected to improve journey times and the surroundings of the World Heritage site. A £17.5M package of work has already been awarded to an Atkins and Arup joint venture, under the Highways England’s Collaborative Framework (CDF), to develop options to take to public consultation and ultimately a preferred route announcement.The scheme, an integral part of creating an A303 “expressway” connecting London to the Southwest, also includes the dualling of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester and the A358 between the M5 at Taunton and A303 at Southfields. Construction work is set to start by April 2020.
UK-based property and construction consultancy Gleeds has been selected as project and cost manager on Formal Investments’ £75M commercial redevelopment in Glasgow, Scotland.The proposed development will include a 12-storey new building, incorporating 12,000sq m of Grade A office space on Bath Street, as well as the remodelling and refurbishment of a second building, formerly home to retailer BHS.Furthermore, a third premises located on Sauchiehall Street will be refurbished to include a total area of 22,000sq m.The former BHS site will be knocked down to make way for the new building, with the remaining construction set to include about 7,000sq m of office space above the existing retail offering. Under the contract, Gleeds will provide assistance in appointing additional consultants and managing the entire programme of works, once planning permissions for the project have been received.Gleeds’ director for Glasgow Brian Stevenson said: “I am delighted to be working with Formal Investments on yet another large-scale city centre development.“This scheme has the potential to completely transform both the commercial and public realms of this part of Glasgow and represents a fantastic opportunity for business across the board.”Subject to necessary approvals, work is anticipated to commence in mid-2017.
Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has begun construction on the 65MW Chisholm View II wind farm in Oklahoma, USA.Chisholm View II is an expansion of the existing 235MW Chisholm View wind farm. When completed, it will bring the site’s total installed capacity to 300MW.The $90M project, owned by EGPNA subsidiary Enel Kansas, will be able to generate over 240M kWh annually — the equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 19,000 US households. The power generated from the wind farm will be sold under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement.The wind farm will eliminate more than 126,000t of CO2 emissions each year. EGPNA’s head Rafael Gonzalez said: "With the construction of Chisholm View II, EGPNA is further reinforcing its rapid growth strategy in the United States.“The new plant is part of our ongoing commitment to expand our operations in North America where we continue to reach new milestones, including a record 800 MW currently under construction.”The wind farm is expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
US-based interconnection and data centre company Equinix is set to construct a new International Business Exchange (IBX) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. To be located at its existing campus at the Amsterdam Science Park, the new data centre — known as AM4 — will meet the increasing demand for the company’s services. Equinix will invest $113M in the first phase of the development that will house 1,555 cabinets.Upon completion of the four expansion phases, the facility will represent a total investment of $189M and will provide 4,200 cabinets spread across eight floors, with a total usable floor area of over 12,000sq m.The building and first phase is expected to be completed and operational by the second quarter of 2017.
Construction firm Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed as the contractor by AMP Capital for the $600M Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment in Perth, Western Australia.When completed, the project will offer space for large international and fashion retailers, food and entertainment venues and 150 housing units, in addition to the current retail offer.Karrinyup Shopping Centre is managed by AMP Capital Shopping Centres on behalf of its owner, UniSuper.AMP Capital shopping centres state development manager Scott Nugent said: “The redevelopment of Karrinyup will see the centre expand from 59,715sq m to 113,000sq m, and will surpass all other retail precincts previously delivered in Perth for its range of shops, lifestyle and entertainment options.”Brookfield Multiplex’s CEO John Flecker said: “We are excited to deliver the next phase of Karrinyup, which will reposition it to provide customers with an unprecedented retail and entertainment experience. AMP Capital has been investing in Western Australia since the late 1800s, and we look forward to investing further in the state.” The project will create 2,500 construction jobs and additional 2,500 jobs once completed.
Jazan Gas Projects Company (JGPC) joint venture has started construction on a $2.1bn industrial gas complex in Saudi Arabia.The new facility will serve Saudi Aramco’s Jazan refinery and terminal. Upon completion, the complex will supply a total of 75,000t of industrial gas daily — comprising 20,000t of oxygen and 55,000t of nitrogen — to Saudi Aramco’s refinery for 20 years.The gas complex will feature six air separation trains and require 600MW of power to operate. JGPC’s chairman Mohammad Abunayyan said: "Since the contract was awarded, we are very proud to have demonstrated outstanding infrastructure financing which has enabled us to be well advanced with the build schedule."We have also recruited a highly skilled team to manage operations and underpin our values for exceptional quality and customer service."Construction on-site started a month earlier than planned, initial drawings have been issued and we have a clear plan of mobilisation to Jazan from this date."The facility will create about 100 direct local jobs once operational.
Select Property Group has received planning consent for the construction of two residential developments in Manchester, UK.The two buildings, Affinity Living Riverside and Affinity Living Riverview, will include 506 housing units and operate under Select’s Affinity Living brand.The 35-storey building, Riverview, will feature 318 apartments, while the 17-storey building, Riverside, will include 188 apartments.The development — to be located on New Bailey Street ‑ will feature a range of both indoor and outdoor social spaces and facilities, including lounge areas to be open to the public, private dining rooms, co-working spaces and a gym.Additionally, Riverview’s level 35 will involve the construction of a roof garden, a media room and private entertainment space.Select Property Group CEO Mark Stott said: “Affinity Living Riverside and Riverview promises to bring something exceptional to a generation of professional young renters in a highly sought after area of the city. We are delighted to have been granted planning permission and look forward to starting work on the site.”Enabling works are anticipated to start in October 2016 with Affinity Living Riverside scheduled for completion at the end of the first quarter of 2018 and Riverview in the fourth quarter of 2019.