Dubai Parks and Resorts has started construction on the first Six Flags branded theme park in Dubai.The new park will be Dubai Parks and Resorts’ fourth theme park alongside Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, and Bollywood Parks Dubai.The AED2.6bn ($707M) project will be built on a 325,000sq m area with an opening day footprint of 186,000sq m.Six Flags Dubai will feature 27 rides and attractions for all ages across six themed zones. It will also include at least three world record breaking rides apart from six roller coasters, four aerial attractions, a 350m river rapids ride and three performance spaces.Dubai Parks and Resorts’ CEO Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi said: “We are delighted to announce that construction has commenced on the region’s first Six Flags-branded theme park.“This is the fourth theme park at our destination alongside Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai and it will help us strengthen the appeal of Dubai Parks and Resorts as a must visit destination in the region.“Six Flags is a very successful brand in other parts of the world and the introduction of this exciting theme park will further establish Dubai Parks and Resorts as the region’s largest leisure and entertainment destination.”The park is expected to open in late-2019.
CIMIC Group’s company Leighton Asia has secured an AUD320M ($240M) contract from the government of the Hong Kong to build a Columbarium and Garden of Remembrance.The company will be responsible for the construction of an eight‐storey columbarium building, a 4,800sq m garden, an access road and other ancillary facilities.The project is part of the government’s aim to meet the shortage of public spaces dedicated to the memory of the deceased.CIMIC Group’s executive chairman and CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “This contract award recognises the strength of the CIMIC Group’s diverse capabilities. Our building portfolio in Asia continues to grow and the Hong Kong government’s commitment to the development of public facilities means we are well positioned for future work.”Leighton Asia’s managing director Manuel Alvarez Munoz said: “Leighton Asia has built a strong working relationship with the Hong Kong government’s Architectural Services Department (ASD).“This will be our fifth project with the ASD, for whom we are also currently undertaking work on a hospital and border crossing facilities. We are pleased to be able to work with them again, particularly on a project so important to the local community.”Work on the project is anticipated to begin in July 2016 and will be completed in March 2019.
Damac Properties has unveiled a collection of colourful villas in Dubai.The project, named Akoya Imagine, is located at the heart of the Akoya Oxygen — a 5M sq m master development that will showcase the greenest living spaces in Dubai.In Phase 1, the three-bedroom villas will be released with starting prices of AED1.2M ($326,713) spread across a three-year payment plan. Homes will also benefit from free service charges for five years.DAMAC Properties’ managing director Ziad El Chaar said: “Akoya Imagine is targeted towards a new type of buyer – young, professional and savvy to the lifestyle and financial benefits of buying in an international golf course community. “This type of community is proven to consistently yield higher returns than a purely residential one and there is a limited supply in Dubai. Combined with the Tiger Woods Design element, a villa in AKOYA Imagine presents a very lucrative investment, not to mention an extremely attractive home.”The units will go on sale on Saturday, 9th of July.
Manchester City Council has given planning permission for the construction of Manchester’s tallest skyscraper.The 64-storey building will include 496 luxury apartments and will surpass the neighbouring 48-floor Beetham Tower — designed by the same architect, Ian Simpson.The tower is one of the four blocks comprising a total of 1508 apartments and penthouses to be built at Owen Street.The scheme will also include lounges, a roof garden, a swimming pool, an indoor tennis court, a fully equipped gymnasium, business facilities, a 24/7 basement parking, and a cinema.The tallest building will be 200.5m-tall, while the other three will be 157.9, 122 and 140.4m-tall, respectively.Andy Finch, head of sales at Renaker Build, said: “We are thrilled to have received permission for our latest development which will be the first within the Great Jackson Street framework, creating a new community at the southern gateway to the core of Manchester city centre.“We are fully committed to the redevelopment of the wider Great Jackson Street area and further regeneration and development will follow alongside our Owen Street scheme. This development has been designed with a wide range of apartment types, the vast majority of which are significantly more generous than purchasers will find elsewhere in the city.“With the larger unit sizes, a high-end specification and residents’ amenities that are genuinely unmatched anywhere else in Manchester, this will undoubtedly become the new destination of choice for city centre residents.”
The University of Central Florida (UCF) has selected a team to design and construct its new $60M campus in downtown Orlando, Florida.The team — composed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Skanska USA Building — will be responsible for the 15,000sq m academic building, which will be the centrepiece of the new campus.The partnership will also support the renovation of UCF’s existing Center for Emerging Media, which is home to several academic programs.SchenkelShultz Architecture’s president and chief operating officer J. Thomas Chandler said: “Our team is excited to create an innovative campus in downtown Orlando that transforms the urban city center and embraces the neighboring Parramore community.“We are ready to work as a partner to UCF and the academic and business leaders of our community to create a timeless, 21st-century academic environment.”
MUNA Consortium featuring Aldesa Construcciones and OHL Construcción has secured a contract from The Ministry of Culture of Peru to build an €100M National Archaeology Museum in Peru.The museum will be located at the archaeological area of Pachacámac, in the Lurín district.The 75,000sq m building will accommodate 500,000 pre-Colombian archaeological pieces. It will also have a new Children's Museum, a 450-seat auditorium and conference room, in addition to areas intended for restaurants, services and car parks.Construction work will take approximately two years. Once completed, the National Archaeology Museum will be the biggest in the country and one of the most important in Latin America.
Swedish construction firm NCC has announced that will start work on the next phase of the Södersjukhuset Hospital expansion project in Stockholm, Sweden.The company was commissioned in June 2015 to expand the hospital by adding a new treatment centre and a technical utilities building.Locum — a real estate manager owned by Stockholm County Council — and NCC have now agreed on the project’s final implementation.The SEK1.3bn (£114M) contract will include the construction of two buildings. The first will house new operating rooms, a sterile centre, a unit for postmortems and pathology/cytopathology, as well as a large new emergency unit.The second building will house the hospital operation functions such as a centre for managing the hospital’s waste and incoming goods.Locum’s chairman Paul Lindquist Fransson said: “The new emergency unit is a key part of the county of Stockholm’s future health and medical care plans, where all residents are to know that they receive the proper care on time.“We will maintain our excellent partnership with NCC on this large and important project.”Construction has commenced on some portions where preparatory groundwork and construction of the frame are in progress.The new hospital buildings are expected to be completed at the end of 2018. Once the new emergency unit opens in 2019, it will be the largest of its kind in Sweden.
Finnish construction firm SRV has secured a €100M contract for the expansion of the centre of Tapiola in Espoo, Finland.Under the contract, SRV will be responsible for the provision of the project management services for LocalTapiola Real Estate Asset Management’s Ainoa and Kirjokansi project, where the Tapiola Centre’s renovation project will run until 2020.SRV served as LocalTapiola's project management contractor during the second construction phase of the Ainoa shopping centre and the Kirjokansi apartments.In the third and final construction phase, a new business building will be constructed in central Tapiola, complemented by two new blocks of Kirjokansi flats with a total of 106 apartments.Work will start with the demolition of the existing Stockmann department store building, which will be replaced by 20,000sq m of new business premises.SRV’s vice president of business operations in Finland Juha Toimela said: “Tapiola is one of the most important centres of Espoo. We are delighted that LocalTapiola has selected us to continue the expansion of Tapiola's central block.“Cooperation between LocalTapiola and the SRV's project team has been excellent and the project has remained on schedule. Furthermore, the recent growth in our long-term order backlog is a good indicator of the functionality and scalability of the SRV Approach.” The third phase of the Ainoa shopping centre is expected to be complete in late 2019 and the housing unit will be finished in 2020.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has secured planning consent from the Liverpool City Council for a new cancer hospital in Liverpool, UK.Laing O'Rourke has been selected by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust to design and build the new facility — part of the Trust’s £157M investment in expanding and improving cancer care — in January 2015.The project, designed by the architectural team at BDP, will include the development of an 11-storey hospital on West Derby Street. The new facility will provide highly-specialist chemotherapy and other drug therapies, radiotherapy, inpatient care, outpatients, cancer support and rehabilitation, bone marrow transplant, a teenage and young adult unit, and urgent cancer care.Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “This is a landmark development which will not only create a first-class new building in this part of the city, but will lead to major improvements in the delivery of services for cancer patients from across the region.“The health campus will be a world-class facility that the whole city can be tremendously proud of and will continue Liverpool’s long tradition of innovation in the fields of medicine and health.”Preparatory construction work is anticipated to commence on site later this year, with the new hospital opening to patients by the end of 2019.
Lendlease Building has been selected as the head contractor by Investa and Gwynvill Group to build the $300M 60 Martin Place skyscraper in Sydney, Australia.The 33-storey building will feature more than 40,000sq m of lettable area with floor plates ranging from 1,200 to 1,500sq m.The skyscraper will be located on the corners of Macquarie Street, Martin Place and Phillip Street, opposite to the Reserve Bank and State Parliament.Investa’s head of commercial development Mark Tait said: “We are delighted to partner with Lendlease Building in this significant Sydney project.“Lendlease brings outstanding construction capability and extensive, relevant experience in high-quality commercial office developments, which will underpin the quality of the 60 Martin Place offering.”Work on the project will start in July 2016, with completion expected in the third quarter of 2019.
UK-based developer Watkin Jones has secured planning permission for a £100M student accommodation scheme in London.The proposed redevelopment of Duncan House, located in Stratford High Street E15, will include 511 beds, 44 residential units and 2,800sq m of academic space. Watkin Jones is in advanced talks with University of London to forward sell the student part of the Duncan House scheme as per the group's business model. The housing units will be sold in a separate transaction. Watkin Jones’ CEO Mark Watkin Jones said: "We are delighted to have secured planning consent for this latest scheme in our pipeline which builds our visibility around our business model. We expect to be on site towards the end of 2016 and complete the scheme in 2019."
Pfizer is set to construct a $350M biotechnology centre in China.The new facility will represent the company’s third biotechnology centre across the world and the first in Asia and will include an advanced modular facility by GE Healthcare, based on flexible single-use bio-manufacturing technology.The centre will accommodate the Pfizer China’s biosimilars and biologics quality, technical service, logistics and engineering divisions, in addition to commercial manufacturing. It will also serve as a process development and clinical supply site.Pfizer Essential Health group president John Young said: “We believe that the Pfizer Global Biotechnology Center in Hangzhou will help support China’s aim to increase the complexity and value of its manufacturing sector by 2025, and contribute to building a truly innovative and vibrant biopharmaceutical industry.“We are encouraged by a series of important reforms introduced by Chinese government that will further stimulate the industry to meet emerging health challenges, such as the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases and an aging population; as well as attract both domestic and foreign investment in healthcare and R&D.”The facility is anticipated to be completed in 2018, creating more than 150 jobs in the region.
Vinci Energies in a joint venture with Sogetrel has secured a €124M contract to design and build a high-speed network in France.The scope of the contract will include the provision of new broadband connections to two-thirds of Moselle’s municipalities, through the laying of almost 6,000km of optical fibre, connecting at least 140,000 homes.The broadband network will be constructed for Moselle Fibre — a joint association featuring the Moselle department council and 19 municipality clusters.According to the company, the optical fibre network will complement the private-sector infrastructure and enable subscribers to connect to an FTTH — fibre to the home — electronic communications network by 2021.Work on the project will commence in September 2016, with the creation of 200 construction jobs, and will be completed in four years.
Tutor Perini Building Corp. has been awarded a $100M contract by The Cordish Companies for the Maryland Live! Casino expansion project in Hanover, Maryland.The scope of the work includes the construction of a new 17-storey Live! Hotel tower with 310 luxury guest rooms and an event centre next to Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills.Tutor Perini’s top local executive, Peter Sukalo, said: “Tutor Perini Building Corp. has a long-standing working relationship with The Cordish Companies. “We are pleased to be building again for this owner and proud to be a part of the team expanding one of the country’s largest and most successful casinos.”Construction work is currently underway and substantial completion is expected in late-2017.
Leighton Asia’s subsidiary Leighton India Contractors has signed an AUD223M ($169.5M) contract to deliver phases two and three of a mixed-use development in Mumbai, India.The development, known as Maker Maxity, is located in the Bandra Kurla Complex, and its phases two and three will include the development of retail and hospitality facilities.The scope of the work includes structural and civil works, mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, lifts and escalators, façade, finishes and external works for the facilities.Leighton Asia’s managing director Manuel Alvarez Munoz said: "We are delighted to have secured our first major project with the Maker Group, one of India's most prestigious developers."Leighton Asia will bring its international experience, wealth of local knowledge and commitment to safety and quality to facilitate the timely completion of this major project."Work has commenced in June 2016, and is scheduled to be complete in mid‐2019.
The Cordish Companies has unveiled plans for a $200M expansion project at its Maryland Live! Casino property in Hanover, Maryland.The project, to be located next to Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills, will include a 17-storey Live! Hotel tower with 310 luxury guest rooms. The development will add an additional 33,000sq m of space to the gaming facility and will also involve the construction of an event centre, meeting spaces, new dining options, and a day spa/salon.Tutor Perini Building Corp. will serve as the general contractor in the project.Cordish Global Gaming Group president Robert Norton said: "Maryland Live! Casino is the premier gaming, entertainment and retail destination serving the heart of the Baltimore/Washington population."The addition of our flagship Live! Hotel is just the latest investment we are making to ensure Maryland Live! continues to be the preferred choice for visitors seeking a world-class gaming and entertainment experience."Construction work is set to start in late 2016 with its completion slated for the fourth quarter of 2017. The project is expected to create about 400 new jobs and 550 construction jobs in the region.
A consortium of lenders led by Maybank is set to provide the first syndicated shariah-compliant construction financing worth $219M for the development of a luxury residential tower in Manhattan, New York.Maybank was selected as a joint lead arranger along with Warba Bank of Kuwait for the syndication, which includes lenders Intesa Sanpaolo of Italy and an affiliate of MSD Partners.The funding includes a $174M senior construction loan and a $45M mezzanine loan, which will be used for the construction of the Tribeca condominium tower, a 43-storey building to be developed by Soho Properties and located at 45 Park Place, Manhattan. Maybank group head of global banking Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir said: “This syndication is a milestone being the first shariah-compliant construction financing in New York City, and it reaffirms our ability to offer value-creating Islamic banking solutions for global clients.“As one of Asia's leading banking groups, we have been at the forefront in financing major infrastructure and property development projects across many countries.”Construction on the 665ft-tall glass and steel tower will start in mid-2016 and is set to be complete in 2018.
NHS Orkney has selected Robertson Capital Projects as the successful bidder for the construction of the new £60M plus hospital and healthcare facility at the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands.Robertson Capital Projects will be responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the purpose-built facility. According to NHS Orkney, the new facility will contribute to high-quality care, while improving the experience for patients, staff and visitors. All clinical and educational areas will feature videoconferencing facilities to support more patients benefitting from services being delivered in Orkney and to ensure that the hospital staff can connect with health specialists nationally and training opportunities. Robertson Capital Projects’ managing director Neil McCormick said: "We are delighted that Robertson has been selected to work with NHS Orkney under a 25-year partnership arrangement to deliver this significant investment. This is the start of a long term relationship."Over the coming months we will work together with all stakeholders to finalise the proposals for the design, construction, funding and maintenance of the project with a proposed start on site later this year."
Larsen & Toubro's construction unit has secured contracts worth INR24.16bn ($355.5M) across various business segments in June 2016.The building & factories business segment has won orders worth INR11.65bn ($171.4M) for a high-rise residential project from a Mumbai-based developer.The scope of work will include the civil and structural works for the construction of two residential towers, each having three basements, seven podiums, 66 floors and other ancillary buildings.The business has also secured a contract for the construction of a mixed-use development from a customer in Kolkata. The project will involve the civil and structural works for the construction of two towers of 15 and seven floors respectively, with two levels of common basement.The unit’s power transmission & distribution business has won orders worth INR11.2bn ($164.8M) in the domestic and international markets.The business has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from a customer in the Middle East. The scope of the work will include the construction of a medium voltage overhead line, which will enhance the reliability of the existing network.On the domestic market, the unit has been awarded contracts from Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) in Uttar Pradesh. The first contract includes the construction of 33kV substations and associated lines in Ghaziabad, while the second contract involves rural electrification, including feeder separation works in Meerut.The smart world & communication business has won a contract valued at INR1.31bn ($19.2M) from RajCOMP Info Services for establishing and commissioning command & control centres at Bikaner, Bharatpur and Jodhpur cities under the Surveillance and Incident Response Project.
UAE-based Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has been awarded a contract to build Mashreq Bank new headquarters in Dubai.The 151m-tall tower will be built within a period of 28 months and will feature four basements, a ground level and 35 additional storeys.The L-shaped structure, with a square top crown by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Chicago office, will cover a plot area of 4,868sq m and a total built-up area of 71,292sq m. Ghassan Merehbi, ACC’s chairman, said: “We are delighted to be working with one of the best-known banking industry names in the Middle East, and to be able to add Mashreq Bank headquarters to our portfolio of noteworthy projects across the UAE.”Mashreq will relocate from its current headquarters in Deira, where it has been operating since its establishment in 1967, to the new building as soon as it is completed. HE AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, Mashreq’s CEO, said: “The planned tower is testament to the growth we have witnessed over the last 50 years, which has in many ways mirrored that of both Dubai and the UAE.“In a short space of time, the country has established itself as an international gateway for trade and banking, and we’re confident in its ability to maintain its momentum, allowing us to continue investing in our business and talent across the country and wider region.”Construction work is expected to commence in December 2016, with its completion expected in April 2019.