Virgin Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with the Administrator of Railway Infrastructures of Spain to open an Advanced Technology Development and Testing Center in the Andalusian region, the company’s first European development facility, valued at approximately $500m.
Greater Manchester’s first smart motorway has become operational with the technology going live on the final M60 section between Junction 10 and Junction 18, making the entire motorway between Junction 8 of the M60 at Sale and Junction 20 of the M62 at Rochdale fully operational.
The city of Gothenburg in Sweden is building a $137m (SEK1.1bn) 3km cable car system to provide fast and efficient aerial transport linking the areas north of the Göta Älv river to the old city in the south.
Construction risk manager Hill International has announced that the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation (DOA) renewed its contract with Hill to continue supporting the $2.375bn, multi-year capital development programme of Philadelphia International Airport.
Spanish construction and civil engineering company OHL Group, through its subsidiary OHL USA, has secured two new projects in California and Texas for €77.8m ($94.7m).
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore has awarded a SGD795m ($582m) contract to Penta-Ocean Construction-Bachy Soletanche Singapore joint venture to design and construct a stretch of the North-South Corridor (NSC).
Network Rail, the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the rail network in Great Britain, has submitted plans to build the second phase of the East West Rail project between Bicester and Bedford.
WSP, a professional services and engineering consultancy, has been appointed as the design partner by BAM Nuttall Morgan Sindall joint venture (bmJV) for the M62 motorway upgrade project in the UK.
Dubai-based trade enabler DP World has signed an agreement to build and operate modern logistics hub outside of Bamako, the capital city of Mali.
German construction company Ed Züblin, a subsidiary of Strabag, has won a €183m contract from DEGES (Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßen-planungs- und -bau) for the construction of 6km third section of the BAB 44 highway between Kassel and Herleshausen in Germany.
US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed an agreement with Tongren Transportation and Tourism Investment Group of the People’s Republic of China to build the first hyperloop system in the Asian country.
Cardiff Airport has unveiled a ‘Draft Masterplan’, which includes a new terminal and a four-star hotel, to develop the airport business over the next 20 years as a key gateway to the UK.
UK-based BAM Construction has secured a contract from the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to deliver two multi-storey car park (MSCP) schemes under the capital delivery framework with a combined value of approximately £60m.
HDR, as part of a joint venture with Arup, has been selected to design the upgrade for the AUD514m ($377m), 14km flood-prone Bruce Highway coastal corridor in the Australian state of Queensland.The Bruce Highway passes through the Haughton river floodplain, where frequent floods result in the closure of the highway, affecting community access, tourism and the freight movement along the corridor.The longest recorded closure so far was nearly five days and the most recent closure was in March 2018.The project is part of the 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme, an AUD8.5bn ($6.2bn) programme to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the highway from Brisbane to Cairns.Design for the project is likely to take about a year and the project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.The project will be delivered through a collaborative Early Contractor Involvement contract. The Infrastructure Group, a joint venture of Bielby, BMD, JF Hull and Albem, will lead the construction.HDR’s work will include modelling one of the most complex floodplains in Australia, designing three bridge upgrades to make them taller and wider, designing grade-separated rail crossings and intersections, and developing an integrated roadway design that will combine hydraulics, structural and geotechnical elements while considering wetland impacts and biodiversity requirements.Earlier in July 2018, HDR won a five-year, $40m indefinite delivery contract for construction phase services from the US Army Corps of Engineers’ San Francisco District.Currently, HDR holds similar construction phase contracts supporting the military construction, civil works and inter-agency international services missions of the US Army Corps of Engineers throughout the US and overseas.HDR contract manager Lionel Zapata said: “This contract will allow us to leverage all of HDR’s technical resources and expertise to help the San Francisco District bring value to all of its customers. It also allows us to support other districts within USACE South Pacific Division.“HDR and our business partners provide the expertise to help facilitate execution of the construction program as well as bringing value to the clients USACE serves.“Our extensive services range from supporting USACE’s mission for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ major construction projects to helping USACE execute its military and civil works missions.”______________________________________________________________________________________________Image: The Haughton river bridge. Photo: courtesy of The State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Roads).
Highways England has launched a consultation on the proposed changes to upgrade the A303 past Stonehenge.
Civil engineering company Graham Construction has been appointed by Cheshire East Council to deliver the Congleton Link Road scheme.
A consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors and Aecom has been selected to deliver the AUD1bn ($743m) Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) works package of the Metro Tunnel project in the Australian state of Victoria.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened the first phase of AED400m ($109m) roads scheme at International City in Dubai, UAE.
Gammon Construction, a 50:50 Far East joint venture of British infrastructure group Balfour Beatty and Asian conglomerate Jardine Matheson, has won the £249m ‘Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link – Northern Connection Tunnel Buildings, Electrical and Mechanical Works’ contract from the Hong Kong Highways Department.
US-based architectural, engineering and consulting firm HDR has been appointed by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as the lead designer for the construction of I-395 bridge and reconstruction of 1.4 miles of interstate near Downtown Miami.