Spanish engineering and technology group Sener has secured five contracts for the development phase of a space station in lunar orbit, which is set to become the next international space station and scheduled to be built in the 2020s as part of the Gateway Project.
Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has provided a €147m loan to the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) to finance the construction of a new hospital project in Helsinki, Finland.
YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International (DFI) have secured planning approval from Hammersmith & Fulham Council for a £1bn project to turn Olympia London into a cultural hub.
A consortium comprising Spanish company Acciona, Marubeni, Abdul Latif Jameel-CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding, has won a €750m contract from Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Water and Electricity Company (WEC) to finance, design and build the Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant and operate and maintain it for 25 years.
Transport for the North (TfN) has unveiled draft proposals valued at £70bn for northern infrastructure for the next three decades to transform the region’s economy.
Infrastructure services provider Kier has been appointed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new hospital in the south of England.
Liverpool City Council planning committee has cleared a £4.2m plan to remediate land for a £200m Grade A office scheme to be developed by Kier Property and CTP in Liverpool City Centre.
Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (Singapore) has secured a S$615.9m ($458m) contract from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for a road tunnel, an MRT station box and commuter facilities between Sin Ming Avenue and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of the North-South Corridor (NSC) project.
Ireland-based Echelon Data Centres will invest €1bn in the development of two data centres, Echelon Clondalkin in Dublin and Echelon Avoca near Arklow, in County Wicklow.
Network Rail has announced preferred bidders for the next decade of rail system contracts in Scotland and the South of England.
Cinemark Holdings, engaged in the motion picture exhibition business, has unveiled plans to construct a 14-screen theatre in the new Cottonwood Creek Market development in Waco, Texas.Set to open in the spring of 2020, the new theatre forms part of a 143-acre, master planned, mixed-use project developed by NewQuest Properties.Located at the intersection of I-35 and Loop 340/Hwy 6, the 14 auditoriums at the Cinemark Waco and XD theatre will feature advanced technology and customer-preferred amenities, including Cinemark XD auditorium and Cinemark’s Luxury Loungers.The auditoriums will include ultra-modern viewing environment with wall-to-wall screens and enhanced sound systems and 4K digital projection powered by Barco with RealD 3D capability.The theatre will also feature a lobby lounge offering expanded food and beverage options. Furthermore, seats in all auditoriums can be reserved with convenient online and kiosk ticketing.Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi said: “We are proud to work with our long-time partner, NewQuest, to bring the Waco community the ultimate movie-going experience with our new Cinemark location coming soon to Central Texas.“With our Luxury Lounger recliners, XD auditorium and more, Cinemark will give guests the opportunity to enjoy the newest films in one of the most innovative viewing environments."NewQuest Properties co-founder and managing partner Steve Alvis said: “We are pleased to welcome Cinemark to Cottonwood Creek Market. The Cinemark theatre will anchor our entertainment wing, which will have an exciting collection of restaurants and retail in a beautifully landscaped environment.”Apart from the new Cinemark theatre, Cottonwood Creek Market will include several restaurants, entertainment and a wide range of retail shops in its 285,000ft² of space sprawling over a 63-acre site. The centre will also feature office spaces and multifamily homes.Cinemark operated 541 theatres with 6,014 screens in 41 US states, Brazil, Argentina and 13 other Latin American countries as of 30 September 2018.
Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, a community hospital in Los Angeles, California, has begun construction on a $215m campus expansion and modernisation project.The project will include the construction of a new, 150,000ft² patient care tower, which will be the centrepiece of the project.The new facility will add space, privacy and advanced medical technology while improving capacity and accessibility for emergency, trauma and maternity services.The first floor of the new tower will feature larger, private, emergency and trauma bays.“The new ED will streamline triage to evaluate patients more efficiently and effectively while providing dedicated space for trauma care with six large bays,” Dignity Health said.The new tower will include an upgraded neonatal intensive care unit with private rooms and labour and delivery suites including midwifery services, apart from antepartum and postpartum services.It will also feature private rooms to accommodate multiple births, a water-birthing suite, private postpartum rooms permitting family to stay with moms and babies overnight, private triage rooms where moms-to-be can be evaluated and cared for, and separate antepartum rooms.As part of the expansion, a new paediatrics unit will be set up on the sixth floor of the existing Tibbitts Tower, an emergency mental health observation centre next to the new ED.Furthermore, the expansion will include a new multi-level parking structure with meeting and retail space on the ground floor.The $215m expansion project is being supported by Dignity Health through a loan of $165m and a capital campaign seeking local philanthropic investment of $50m.The project is expected to be completed in 2020 with occupancy in 2021.CHMC president Margaret Peterson said: “This ambitious project will help ensure that California Hospital can continue to fulfill its mission of serving our community now and for many years to come.“This expansion will also enable the hospital to attract top-level talent plus accept more medical residents, nursing students and students from other disciplines, strengthening our role as a major teaching hospital.”
Australian integrated services firm Downer, as part of the VEC Shaw Joint Venture, is undertaking the A$92.3m ($66.4m) Perth Link Roads upgrade project in Tasmania.The project, touted to be the largest current road project in Tasmania, is a joint venture between VEC Civil Engineering, a Downer-owned company specialising in civil and bridge structures, and Shaw Contracting.Forming part of the government’s investment of A$500m ($360m) in Tasmania’s Midland Highway over 10 years, the road project is expected to enhance safety and efficiency by avoiding heavy vehicles from the centre of Perth as they travel to and from the northern and north-western ports.The project will offer link roads around the western side of Perth and include a new four-lane highway designed to a minimum AusRAP Star rating of three.It will also feature six single span structures and two large stock and farm access underpasses that have been precast by VEC specifically for the project, three roundabouts, full highway access, a system interchange, a cycling path and grade separation at the existing rail line.Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Michael McCormack, who paid a visit to the job site, said: “It’ll increase safety, provide certainty for the civil construction sector and create jobs for Tasmanians with numerous flow-on benefits for local businesses.”Earlier in this month, Downer secured the seal and asphalt works package for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.The scope of the project involves renovation of major interchanges and expanding an 8km stretch of the highway from four to six lanes, in addition to the construction of a service road for local traffic to the west of the highway.Australian integrated services firm said that more than 380,000 tonnes of asphalt will be supplied by its nearby Bli Bli facility for the project, which will be completed in late 2020.The contract has been awarded by head contractor Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture.
US-based Caesars Entertainment has unveiled plans to open its first non-gaming hotel in the US, as part of its strategy to expand its brands and loyalty network.The hotel, dubbed Caesars Republic Scottsdale, will be located next to the region's premier luxury retail destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square. It will be a four-star hotel developed by HCW Development and operated by Aimbridge Hospitality.Featuring 266 rooms, the 11-storey glass structure will be developed at the intersection of North Goldwater and East Highland Avenue. Caesars Republic Scottsdale is set to break ground in the second half of 2019.The hotel will feature a 7,000ft² column-free ballroom with 34ft sliding glass doors which open out onto the adjacent lawn, suitable for outdoor events for up to 600 people.The ballroom is divisible into four sections and can accommodate banquets up to 500 people. It will also feature an advanced sound, internet and audio-visual system.The hotel will include a rooftop pool and bar on the seventh floor of the building. The pool, touted to be the only rooftop pool in Scottsdale, will host activities such as yoga at 9 and champagne at 11. The hotel's fitness centre will be located next to the pool.The hotel’s interior décor will feature rich textures and strong architecture, contrasting soft curves and bold accents in a chic and classy lobby.Guests can enjoy an after-work cocktail or glass of wine after a day of shopping at the first-floor bar.The guestrooms will be in a mix of kings, double queens, one and two-bedroom suites. The hotel will also feature a bridal suite, and five luxury entertainment suites on the 11th floor.The second floor will feature five breakout rooms which will accommodate up to 40 people each or can be opened for events up to 200 members. The second-floor executive board room has a seating capacity of 16 at a permanent table.Caesars Entertainment president and CEO Mark Frissora said: "Caesars Republic Scottsdale represents the introduction of a new world-class brand and further progress on our strategy to expand our non-gaming business into premier destinations."This project will be our first non-gaming asset in the United States and demonstrates the global strength of the Caesars brand. We look forward to partnering with HCW Development and Aimbridge Hospitality to create a world-class experience in one of the nation's most desirable communities."
Transurban Group has signed agreements with the Commonwealth of Virginia to invest more than $1bn to deliver four road projects along Interstate 495 and Interstate 95 in northern Virginia.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said: “My administration is committed to creating opportunity for Virginia families and businesses in every corner of the Commonwealth, and that requires having a safe, reliable transportation network.“I am pleased to announce these four projects that will bring significant improvements to I-495 and I-95, easing congestion, enhancing safety, and driving economic growth.”The transportation projects include the extension of the 495 Express Lanes for 3.2km from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge and Maryland line.The projects include the addition of a new, reversible ramp connecting the existing 95 Express Lanes at Opitz Boulevard to provide improved access to Potomac Mills and Sentara Virginia Medical Center and construction of a new southbound Occoquan auxiliary lane on Interstate 95 in Woodbridge in order to ease the traffic congestion at the Occoquan Bridge.Work on the transportation projects is anticipated to start after securing financing in FY2021.Transurban Group CEO Scott Charlton said: “We’re pleased to work with our partners in Virginia to continue improving transport infrastructure in the Greater Washington area.“This important network enhancement, extending the 495 Express Lanes to the north, is a further example of the incremental network enhancements we are able to achieve across our networks to provide congestion relief for our customers.”“Construction commencement is timed to coincide with completion of a number of our current development projects, including the 395 Express Lanes in the Greater Washington Area, NorthConnex and stages 1B and 2 of WestConnex in Sydney as well as the Logan Enhancement Project in Brisbane.”Furthermore, the plans for the Fredericksburg Extension Project (Fred Ex), a project featuring a 10-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg, has been finalised and is on track for commercial close later this year.
UK-based construction firm Balfour Beatty has secured the £214m North and South 400kV overhead line project to connect the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the national transmission network.The contract, awarded via National Grid’s Overhead Line Design and Build Framework, represents key part of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) connection scheme. The overhead line project also marks Balfour Beatty’s third major package of works at HPC.Pursuant to the contract, the construction firm will design, supply, install, test and commission a new overhead line spanning 48.4km and crossing through the Mendip Hills in Somerset, where Balfour Beatty is currently executing cable works under a separate contract for National Grid.Work on the project is set to commence shortly, with completion expected in summer 2025. The project will employ a workforce of more than 150 people during peak construction period.When completed, the new transmission line will connect HPC with a new substation in Avonmouth, Bristol.Balfour Beatty stated that it will use National Grid’s new T-Pylon design, marking the first time this technology has been used on a live transmission asset.Balfour Beatty CEO for its Rail and Utilities business Mark Bullock said: "Our extensive knowledge and unique capability in delivering major complex Overhead Line schemes, makes us ideally positioned to play a key role in helping to deliver the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years."We look forward to working with National Grid to successfully and safely deliver low-carbon electricity for around six million homes across the UK."Balfour Beatty is currently working on the projects, including the £47m Fort Augustus to Fort William 132kV Transmission Reinforcement project and the £43.5m Beauly to Keith 132kV Modernisation programme on behalf of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission.The company is also executing the £55m London Power Tunnels project for London Underground which will deliver a new 32km electrical superhighway in London and a €219m contract in a consortium with Prysmian Group to install a 65km electricity cable between France and Great Britain on behalf of ElecLink.
UK-based hotel management firm RBH has announced the start of work on the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Inverness, Scotland.
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has announced that it is providing a guarantee of €164.5m to two investors - EDF International and STOA - in Nachtigal Hydropower Company, which is responsible for the development of a hydropower plant in Cameroon.MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group, has provided Breach of Contract cover for up to 15 years to the two investors. The agency guarantees have been provided alongside payment and loan guarantees from the IBRD, and an investment, loan and risk management swaps by IFC.Located on the Sanaga River, about 65km north-east of Yaounde, the 420MW hydropower plant will contribute an additional 30% of installed generation capacity in Cameroon in addition to the climate co-benefits.The plant will generate enough electricity to power 453,000 homes, and help avoid 41 million tons of CO2 emissions over next 40 years.Nachtigal Hydropower Company and the Republic of Cameroon will develop the power plant on build, own, operate and transfer basis under a 35-year concession agreement.The power generated from the plant will be sold to Energy of Cameroon (ENEO), a privately-owned electricity distribution company, under a power purchase agreement.Upon completion, the Nachtigal Hydropower Project will be connected to the Southern interconnected grid, which represents about 94% of the Central African country’s national electricity consumption.MIGA EVP & CEO Keiko Honda said: “As a project in an IDA-eligible country, as well as one with significant climate change mitigation benefits, the Nachtigal Hydropower Project is a high priority for MIGA.“Equally importantly, I am pleased this project has mechanisms to help address environmental and social concerns, which are of utmost importance to MIGA.”STOA deputy CEO Marie-Laure Mazaud said: "The Nachtigal Dam provides a concrete response to the significant demand for electricity in Cameroon, and is a reference project for the development of similar hydro projects in Africa in the near term.“We are pleased to collaborate with the Republic of Cameroon, EDF, IFC and Africa50 to provide sustainable and accessible energy for the Cameroonian population. The social economic impact of Nachtigal project will be huge in terms of local employment and economic growth."
The Land Transport Authority (LTA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport that is responsible for the land transport developments in Singapore, has announced the alignment and station locations for the first phase of the Cross Island Line (CRL).Touted be LTA’s longest fully underground line, the new section represents the transport authority’s eighth MRT line and will be constructed in three phases.Upon completion, the Cross Island Line will serve existing and future developments in the eastern, western, and north-eastern corridors, connecting major hubs like Jurong Lake District, Punggol Digital District and Changi region.The overall project is expected to have a daily ridership of more than 600,000 in the initial years, increasing to over one million in the future.CRL1, which represents the first phase of the CRL, covers 29km in length and features 12 stations from Aviation Park to Bright Hill. The initial phase will cater to residential and industrial areas such as Loyang, Tampines, Pasir Ris, Defu, Hougang, Serangoon North and Ang Mo Kio.It is expected that over 100,000 households will benefit from first phase of the CRL. Construction on the CRL1 is anticipated to start in 2020 and will be completed by 2029.LTA stated that currently engineering studies are being conducted for the remaining phases of the CRL, including the two underground alignment options near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.Several stakeholders have been consulted and their views have been taken into consideration before making an announcement on the final alignment, LTA said.When completed, CRL1 will reduce travel times for commuters between the central, north-eastern and eastern parts of Singapore.Furthermore, the transport authority will build a new 57-hectare depot at Changi East to offer stabling and maintenance facilities for up to 80 CRL trains.In order to support the construction of CRL1 and related road works, the Government of Singapore will partially acquire eight properties.LTA said that the acquisitions involve ancillary features such as green verges, boundary walls and subterranean space. The transport authority stressed that existing building structures will not be affected.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image:LTA unveils first phase of Cross Island MRT Line. Photo: Courtesy of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore.
A consortium featuring three BAM companies has secured first civil engineering contract worth €439.4m from Société du Grand Paris for the development of Line 17 of the Grand Paris Express.