The Construction Index International News The Construction Index - Latest International News http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/public/v2/img/logo.gif The Construction Index International News http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/public/v2/img/logo.gif Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:01:06 +0100 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news 2014 The Construction Index BRE to work with China’s largest certification body BRE and China’s largest approved professional certification body, China Quality Certification Centre (CQC), have signed an agreement to support sustainable development in the country through collaborative training.]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:54:13 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bre-to-work-with-chinas-largest-certification-body http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bre-to-work-with-chinas-largest-certification-body

BRE and China’s largest approved professional certification body, China Quality Certification Centre (CQC), have signed an agreement to support sustainable development in the country through collaborative training.

The partnership will initially focus on training related to BRE’s environmental standard for buildings and communities – BREEAM. This reflects China’s growing demand for green buildings with a number of BREEAM projects now being delivered in Beijing, Shanghai and Changsha’s Meixi Lake Eco City.

BRE China director Jaya Skandamoorthy said: “Through our partnership with CQC we hope to promote the key principles of sustainability across China as well as fostering a culture of continuous improvement and quality construction across the supply chain.”

CQC vice president Mr Liu Yanbin said: “CQC have undertaken several research projects related to energy efficiency with government departments, research institutes, real estate companies and energy management companies. Our country is getting to grips with sustainable development and seeing the many benefits it brings. Collaborating with BRE in this way will help us make further progress. We are very glad that our two organisations have signed this agreement.”

 

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Virginia announces $13.1bn transport spend The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in Virginia, USA, has released a draft programme allocating US$13.1bn (£7.8bn) to transport projects over the next six fiscal years.]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:42:28 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/virginia-announces-131bn-transport-spend http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/virginia-announces-131bn-transport-spend

The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in Virginia, USA, has released a draft programme allocating US$13.1bn (£7.8bn) to transport projects over the next six fiscal years.

Projects include highway, road, bridge, rail, transit, bicycle/pedestrian paths and other transportation improvements across the state. It plans to spend US$9.9bn on highway construction and US$3.2bn on rail and public transport.

The focus will be on projects that either provide the greatest congestion relief for heavily travelled urban regions or promote economic development in rural areas.

“A critical aspect of the six-year program is the ongoing rehabilitation of existing roadways and bridges across the state,” said Charlie Kilpatrick, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). “VDOT has accelerated efforts to extend the life of pavements and bridges so we can get the most out of the 57,000 miles of infrastructure we’re responsible for maintaining across the state.”

 

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Bureau Veritas lands wide-ranging Kazakhstan roads role The city of Astana has appointed Bureau Veritas to tighten quality control in its road projects.]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:50:58 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bureau-veritas-lands-wide-ranging-kazakhstan-roads-role http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bureau-veritas-lands-wide-ranging-kazakhstan-roads-role

The city of Astana has appointed Bureau Veritas to tighten quality control in its road projects.

Its role will cover road construction and repair works in Astana city according to an annoucement on the city’s website. In addition to this, Bureau Veritas will review all organisations engaged in technical supervision of construction projects, asphalt concrete factories and construction enterprises.

The contract also covers the development of several alternative variants for the composition of upper asphalt concrete layers, meeting the climate requirements of the city. Other aspects of the work include opening a quality control laboratory.

Improvements are planned to 128 of Astana's streets with a total length of 111km long. In addition, new road construction is planned.

 

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Atkins picked for Asia Aerospace City Atkins has won a contract to serve as lead consultant and master planner to help develop Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:05:50 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/atkins-picked-for-asia-aerospace-city http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/atkins-picked-for-asia-aerospace-city

Atkins has won a contract to serve as lead consultant and master planner to help develop Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia.

Government agency Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), which is responsible for education and entrepreneurship in Malaysia, hopes to attract global aerospace engineering business to the region; potentially worth US$1 trillion by 2020.

The Atkins contract is with MARA’s wholly owned strategic investment and asset-management company, which will serve as master developer for AAC.

The development will be the first project to be built in conformance with MARA’s ‘Edubizpark’ concept, the goal of which is to help educational institutions become catalysts for creating targeted business opportunities. AAC will be designed as a ‘smart’ city, with academic campuses, research and development facilities, integrated office suites, a convention centre and residential areas. It is expected to generate 10,000 engineering-related jobs.

“I am excited about this strategic project,” said Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific, Chris Birdsong. “Asia Aerospace City will directly benefit the local community, and it also lines up with the country’s aggressive economic transformation programme —which calls for Malaysia to become a self-sufficient, industrialized nation by the year 2020.

AAC is expected to draw interest and fiscal commitments from international players in engineering and aerospace, and the aim is to transform Malaysia into the aerospace hub of Asia.  

 

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Turkey launches €1.2bn solar tender Turkey is to put a section of its solar potential to tender next month, beginning with the Elazig and Erzurum provinces in Eastern Anatolia.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:02:10 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/turkey-launches-andeuro12bn-solar-tender http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/turkey-launches-andeuro12bn-solar-tender

Turkey is to put a section of its solar potential to tender next month, beginning with the Elazig and Erzurum provinces in Eastern Anatolia.

The tender from Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)  will reward the highest paying investors with solar power generation licences. It is expected to result in €1.2bn worth of investments.

Site surveys and feasilibility studies have been completed in designated areas and Turkey aims to build a solar power capacity of 600MW. Nearly 500 companies have applied for solar energy generation licenses of up to 7.8GW since last year, reaching a total project value of €15bn.

The selected 258 projects are vying for the 600MW solar generation tender expected to be awarded to winning bidders by the end of the year.

The country aims to have at least 3 gigawatts of installed power made up of solar energy by 2023.

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China’s Ningbo city pours billions into construction The Ningbo government in China has signed construction contracts for 32 major projects worth a combined 120.6bn yuan (£11.7bn).]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:07:22 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/chinas-ningbo-province-pours-billions-into-construction http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/chinas-ningbo-province-pours-billions-into-construction

The Ningbo government in China has signed construction contracts for 32 major projects worth a combined 120.6bn yuan (£11.7bn).

A total of 419 projects valued at over 480bn yuan (£46bn) are expected to be completed in Ningbo by the end of 2016.

The latest package of 32 schemes includes a 4bn yuan (£387m) investment in the first-phase construction of Line 2 of the city’s subway.The contracts also cover other aspects of the city’s construction, including river control projects and industrial schemes.

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Delay to $62bn rail project catches HK government by surprise Completion of the HK$62.4bn (£4.8bn) Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link has been postponed by nearly a year due to construction delays including severe flood damage to a TBM.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:03:37 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/delay-to-64bn-rail-project-catches-hk-government-by-surprise http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/delay-to-64bn-rail-project-catches-hk-government-by-surprise

Completion of the HK$62.4bn (£4.8bn) Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link has been postponed by nearly a year due to construction delays including severe flood damage to a TBM.

Hong Kong’s transport secretary Professor Anthony Cheung said he was surprised and disappointed to learn of the situation. “Over the last weekend, I was informed by the chairman and the chief executive officer of the MTR Corporation that based on the latest assessment of the progress of the construction works, the project will be subject to some delay,” he said.

Construction started in 2010 and was due for completion next year, followed by up to nine months of testing. The project's completion has been pushed to 2016, with the line now expected to be ready for operation in 2017.

“The Express Rail Link project is a very large undertaking and immensely complex. Since construction began, we have been presented with numerous challenges which have put pressure on our schedule,” said TC Chew, projects director of MTR Corporation. “We have been very focused on catching up through fine-tuning designs and adjusting the construction works but this latest situation with the TBM makes it clear that completion of the project by 2015 is not achievable.”

During the 'black' rainstorm on 30 March 2014, a section of tunnel in Yuen Long connecting Tsat Sing Kong and Tai Kong Po was flooded when heavy rain washed soil and debris into the work site, blocking the surface drains. As a result, flood waters found their way into the partially bored tunnel where the TBM was located. After clearing the site, the MTR project team, the contractor and TBM manufacturer conducted detailed inspection of the TBM to assess the extent of the damage.

Their findings have concluded that substantial repair work is required, particularly complete replacement of the electronic components, before the TBM can become functional again. Further studies are being carried out to determine whether the TBM should be repaired or if an alternative method should be used to finish excavating the remaining tunnel section. The current assessment is a prolonged delay of up to nine months in the construction programme.

There are two other critical locations where the challenges are of particular concern. One is the extremely difficult ground condition at the West Kowloon Terminus site. The underground rock strata sitting at a higher than expected level is requiring more time to excavate. But progress has also been hindered by boulders and uncharted utilities that had to be negotiated during the excavation process. The second critical challenge involves the complex geology at the cross-boundary section of the tunnels under the protected wetland area. As marble caverns are known to be located in the zone, tunnel boring work have to proceed with extreme care and any unforeseen circumstances will have to be dealt with as they surface.

“And it will not be possible for the works to be completed in 2015. I have to say I was totally caught by surprise by such information, and obviously I felt very disappointed and deeply concerned about the delay," said Cheung. So I've asked the Corporation to provide me with a full assessment report on the progress of the construction work as soon as possible. Separately, I've asked the director of highways to conduct an independent review and assessment of the project progress.”

 

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BAM lands €346m Kiel Canal deal BAM has won a €346m (£286m) contract to build a fifth lock a Brunsbüttel on the Kiel Canal in Germany.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:06:37 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bam-lands-andeuro346m-kiel-canal-deal http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bam-lands-andeuro346m-kiel-canal-deal

BAM has won a €346m (£286m) contract to build a fifth lock a Brunsbüttel on the Kiel Canal in Germany.

Work will take seven years and be carried out by a joint venture formed by the BAM operating companies Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau, BAM Civiel and Wayss & Freytag Spezialtiefbau.  

The project includes the construction of a 360m-long sea lock between the Elbe and the Kiel Canal and alterations to the harbour entrance on the Elbe side. The construction of the fifth lock is needed for essential restoration work to the century-old lock complex at Brunsbüttel. It is also designed to ensure also smooth navigation on the busy Kiel Canal.

The contract has been awarded by the public authority responsible for management, maintenance and operation of the canal, the Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Brunsbüttel.

 

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Finland decides to build new nuclear plant A binding decision has been taken to finance and construct a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki in Finland.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:13:23 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/finland-decides-to-build-new-nuclear-plant http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/finland-decides-to-build-new-nuclear-plant

A binding decision has been taken to finance and construct a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki in Finland.

It will employ thousands of people during construction period.

The decision was taken by Voimaosakeyhtiö and RAOS Voima, which own the project promoter Fennovoima.

Finland’s Ministry of Employment & the Economy is now preparing a proposal for Fennovoima’s application to supplement the decision-in-principle. If the government approves the application, the application will proceed to parliamentary ratification.

The project is designed to increase Finland’s self-sufficiency in electricity generation and strengthen the security of supply. According to the agreed schedule, the power plant will generate electricity for its owners at cost price starting from 2024.

 

 

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Sydney commits to second airport The Australian government has committed to building a second airport for Sydney accompanied by major investment in roads.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:13:09 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/sydney-commits-to-second-airport http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/sydney-commits-to-second-airport

The Australian government has committed to building a second airport for Sydney accompanied by major investment in roads.

The airport will be built at Badgerys Creek in Western Sydney and the initial construction phase is expected to generate about 4,000 jobs.

Although the Western Sydney airport will not be fully operational for a decade, planning for the new airport will start immediately and construction should start in 2016. It is envisaged that most of the cost of the airport will be met by a private sector operator.

For more than 50 years governments have talked about a second airport for Sydney. The decision is seen as being good for economic growth and good for jobs – both in Western Sydney and nationally.

The existing Kingsford-Smith Airport is at risk of reaching capacity.  Sydney’s airport is the gateway to Australia’s largest city and accounts for 40% of international arrivals and 50% of international air freight each year.

Western Sydney is already Australia’s third largest economy and, in its own right, would be the country’s fourth-largest city.

Building road and rail infrastructure to support Badgerys Creek is seen as not just of benefit to airport users, but also to residents throughout Western Sydney. The government has said that it is critical to act now to finalise the necessary planning, including critical road network upgrades. The approach will be roads first; airport second, with the additional roads ready long before the airport is fully operational.

In coming days, the government will, together with the New South Wales government, announce the details of a major Western Sydney infrastructure package to deliver long investment in the region’s roads.

 

  

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Atkins signs global agreement with Chinese contractor Atkins has signed a memorandum of understanding for global strategic cooperation with a major Chinese contractor.]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:14:37 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/atkins-signs-global-agreement-with-chinese-contractor http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/atkins-signs-global-agreement-with-chinese-contractor

Atkins has signed a memorandum of understanding for global strategic cooperation with a major Chinese contractor.

Discussions between the parties about specific projects have already started.

The agreement with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) is seen as marking the start of a long-term partnership between both parties. In addition, Atkins and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of CCCC, have signed a global cooperation agreement to foster their strategic partnership.

CCCC collectively with its subsidiaries is the first large state-owned transportation infrastructure group entering the overseas capital market. As a subsidiary of CCCC, CHEC has been developing and operating the overseas business on behalf of CCCC.

Sun Ziyu, vice president of CCCC said: “CCCC is committed to further grow our business abroad, according to our mission of ‘consolidating foundations and building roads’ and the vision of ‘unblocking the world’. Having a strategic partner who can bring in world-class consultancy, knowledge and experiences will help us achieve our business growth abroad and bring synergy for both parties to unlock more opportunities.”

Mo Wenhe, chairman of CHEC said: “CHEC has over 10,000 domestic and international employees, undertaking US$10bn-worth of projects, and continues to strive for further growth. The cooperation with Atkins is vital for us to maintain our leading position as an international contractor and gain more competitiveness in the global market.”

Professor Dr Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ chief executive officer, said: “CCCC has a strong commitment to developing the transportation infrastructure business in China and abroad as well as providing its customers with consistently high quality services and products. CHEC has an extremely strong portfolio in undertaking large scale projects abroad. Atkins has extensive experience to plan, design and deliver large scale and challenging infrastructure projects around the globe, particularly in the transportation sector. There are synergies in the service offering and we share the same value of bringing a consistently high standard of service to our client.”

Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ chief executive officer for Asia Pacific, added: “I am confident the strategic cooperation with such strong partners will bring benefit and opportunities for all parties to grow.”

 

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Irish construction sees sharpest growth in eight years The end of the first quarter of 2014 saw an acceleration in the rate of growth in Irish construction activity, while new orders increased at the fastest pace so far this year.]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:11:31 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/irish-construction-sees-sharpest-growth-in-eight-years http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/irish-construction-sees-sharpest-growth-in-eight-years

The end of the first quarter of 2014 saw an acceleration in the rate of growth in Irish construction activity, while new orders increased at the fastest pace so far this year.

Improving workloads led companies to up their rate of job creation and sentiment remained elevated. Meanwhile, the rate of cost inflation quickened to the fastest in three months, according to the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) - a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity.

The PMI rose to 60.2 in March from 56.2 in the previous month, to signal a seventh successive monthly increase in construction activity. Moreover, the rate of expansion accelerated to the sharpest since January 2006. Where activity increased, panellists mainly linked this to growth of new orders, while improvements in the housing and commercial sectors were highlighted.

Ulster Bank chief economist Republic of Ireland Simon Barry said: “The recovery in the Irish construction sector gathered pace at the end of the first quarter, according to the March results of the Ulster Bank Construction PMI survey. The overall PMI index jumped to 60.2 last month as the rate of expansion picked up to its fastest pace in over eight years. Housing activity continued to rise sharply in March with last month representing the ninth month in a row of expansion linked to residential projects. Commercial activity also continues to expand briskly, while the pace of decline in civil engineering eased for the second month running.

“Also offering considerable encouragement was a further strong increase in new orders last month which suggests that near-term prospects for a continued strengthening of the sector’s recovery are healthy. Furthermore, the pick-up in both activity and new business is clearly underpinning a stronger appetite within construction firms to boost their staffing levels. Employment rose for the seventh month in a row last month, and at the fastest pace since May 2006. While employment in construction remains at depressed levels following the severe job-shedding which took place over the downturn, these latest trends are an important indication that improving workloads are translating into stronger, and badly-needed, job creation.”

Both the housing and commercial sectors saw stronger rises in activity than in February during March, with rates of expansion at three-month highs in each case. Meanwhile, the rate of decline in civil engineering activity slowed for the second month running and was the weakest since last November.

New order growth quickened in March as panellists reported greater success in securing tenders. New business has risen continuously since last July, with the latest increase the fastest in three months.

Rising activity levels led construction firms to take on extra staff in March. The rate of job creation accelerated for the third consecutive month and was the sharpest since May 2006.

Companies also increased their input buying in response to greater workloads, following a marginal reduction in the previous month. The rate of expansion in purchasing activity was sharp. This rise in demand for inputs led to capacity pressure at suppliers during March. Consequently, lead times lengthened at a solid pace that was slightly stronger than seen during February.

The rate of input cost inflation picked up in March amid reports that suppliers had raised their prices during the month. The latest increase in input prices was the fastest in three months, but remained slower than the series average.

Strong optimism regarding the future prospects for activity was recorded again in March, with sentiment remaining only just below December’s record high. Panellists cited general market optimism and predicted a continued rise in new orders would lead activity to expand.

 

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Network Rail targets New Zealand with new hire Network Rail Consulting has appointed a director of asset management and maintenance to focus on developing its consultancy business in New Zealand.]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:20:34 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/network-rail-targets-new-zealand-with-new-hire http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/network-rail-targets-new-zealand-with-new-hire

Network Rail Consulting has appointed a director of asset management and maintenance to focus on developing its consultancy business in New Zealand.

Philip Chalk had worked as an asset management advisor to Network Rail in the UK, during a time when it was transforming its approach to asset management. He has now joined Network Rail Consulting in New Zealand. He will help expand the rail consultancy’s business in New Zealand and Australia and advise clients on asset management.

Chalk has over 30 years' experience in senior management roles. He has provided strategic asset management advice aimed at achieving best practice to both the public and private sector organisations. He has worked on projects in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia as well as the UK. He holds a master's degree in engineering and is a fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

Peter Koning, general manager of Australia and New Zealand for Network Rail Consulting, said: "These are exciting times for the consultancy business as we seek to broaden our reach internationally. Philip brings a wealth of experience to the team; his knowledge and expertise will hugely support Network Rail’s international consultancy division."

Network Rail Consulting aims to harness the skills and experience available within Network Rail to demonstrate British expertise overseas and be an international ambassador for Britain’s rail industry. It also seeks to help channel innovation back into the core business, helping deliver a better value railway for Britain.

 

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Ferrovial JV set to land $655m US highway deal A consortium led by Ferrovial subsidiary Cintra Infraestructuras is set to be awarded a US$655m (£391m) highway concession for the I-77 in the USA. ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:06:54 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/ferrovial-jv-set-to-land-655m-us-highway-deal http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/ferrovial-jv-set-to-land-655m-us-highway-deal

A consortium led by Ferrovial subsidiary Cintra Infraestructuras is set to be awarded a US$655m (£391m) highway concession for the I-77 in the USA.

The team has been named as the apparent best value proposer to design, build and finance a 41.8km stretch of the highway in North Carolina and operate and maintain it under a 50-year concession contract.

The work represents an investment of approximately US$655m. The design and construction will be executed by a joint venture comprising Ferrovial Agroman and US construction company WC English. The 50-year concession begins once the road is open to traffic, expected in mid-2018.

Financial closure of the project is expected in the coming months and construction will begin in early 2015. The design includes road widening in both directions in the metropolitan area north of Charlotte, between the junctions with the I-277 in Charlotte and the NC-150 in Iredell County. The existing highway will be rebuilt and capacity will be increased by creating managed lanes, subject to variable electronic tolls, designed to help reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in the corridor.

The project is divided into three segments. On the 3.5km southern segment, the existing section will be upgraded and two managed lanes will be built in each direction. Work on the 23.8km central segment will involve the existing lanes will be upgraded and the construction of two managed lanes in each direction. For the 14.2km northern segment, the consortium will build one new managed lane in each direction.

The managed lanes will be barrier-free, using a dynamic tolling system. The concession holder ensures that the average speed on the managed lane is at least 80% of the established speed in the toll-free segment.

 

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Atkins picked to manage mega arts development Atkins has been appointed to project manage the implementation of key elements of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) in Hong Kong.]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:03:48 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/atkins-picked-to-manage-mega-arts-development http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/atkins-picked-to-manage-mega-arts-development

Atkins has been appointed to project manage the implementation of key elements of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) in Hong Kong.

The WKCD, which stands on on 40ha of reclaimed land, is intended to create a vibrant cultural quarter for Hong Kong. When completed, it will provide 23ha of public open space with 2km of harbour-front promenade. It will also include a variety of arts and cultural facilities that will produce and host exhibitions, performances and arts and cultural events.

Atkins will provide support to the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority’s executive management team in managing and delivering the project. The company will be responsible for project management of the implementation of M+, Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, the conservation and storage facility, Lyric Theatre, district cooling system and the first phase of a basement. The work will start this month and last for five years.

Michael Lynch, chief executive officer of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, said: “Atkins has a very strong track record in managing the most challenging, large-scale projects in Hong Kong and around the world. We are confident that Atkins’ extensive experience worldwide will be instrumental to our project’s success.”

John Blackwood, Atkins’ project director, said: “This project is extremely exciting as it involves a complex blend of world-class buildings and major infrastructure works which have to be delivered successfully in a challenging construction environment.”

Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ chief executive officer for Asia Pacific, added: “Securing this major project demonstrates our commitment to growth and diversification in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. The breadth and depth of our design and engineering expertise has been complemented by the acquisition of project and construction management consultancy, Confluence which further strengthened our regional capability in programme and project management.”

 

 

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Hong Kong launches 10-year plan to tackle landslides Hong Kong’s government has adopted a 10-year plan to prevent and mitigate landslides.]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:01:07 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/hong-kong-launches-10-year-plan-to-tackle-landslides http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/hong-kong-launches-10-year-plan-to-tackle-landslides

Hong Kong’s government has adopted a 10-year plan to prevent and mitigate landslides.

The work is aimed at reducing risk at both man-made slopes and natural hillside catchments, said the Civil Engineering & Development Department.

Geotechnical Engineering Office (Island) deputy head Au Yeung Yan-sang said that the plan aims to upgrade 150 Government man-made slopes, screen 100 private man-made slopes, and conduct mitigation works at 30 natural slopes each year over the next decade.

A new TV adverting campaign has also been launched, to remind people to stay vigilant and prepared for landslide disasters. The government said that there were fewer landslides in the last two years, but extreme weather brought by climate change aggravates landslide risk. The office recorded 241 landslides in 2013 - but no related casualty.

Proper maintenance is key to preventing landslides at man-made slopes, said Au Yeung, adding that slope owners should complete all routine inspections before the rainy season begins. Mitigation measures contain risk at natural slopes, which minimises damage when a landslide occurs, he said.

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Jakarta to build bird-shaped dam and islands as flood protection A new masterplan proposes contruction of a dam and a series of islands just off the coast of Jakarta to protect the Indonesian capital from the sea.]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:03:50 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/jakarta-to-build-bird-shaped-dam-and-islands-as-flood-protection http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/jakarta-to-build-bird-shaped-dam-and-islands-as-flood-protection

A new masterplan proposes contruction of a dam and a series of islands just off the coast of Jakarta to protect the Indonesian capital from the sea.

The scheme will also provide space for the construction of new homes and the improvement of infrastructure.

The plan, which has been produced with the help of the Dutch government, involves building a dam in the bay of Jakarta. The dam will consist of a series of interconnected islands. From the air, the islands and the sea dyke will look like the large mythical bird, Garuda. ‘The Great Garuda’ is intended to protect the city from being inundated by flood waters from the sea.

The Indonesian capital Jakarta is facing a number of problems. The Indonesian economy has been growing rapidly for years. Increasing urbanisation is putting considerable pressure on the drinking water supply. Instead of relying on a central drinking water supply, many inhabitants of Jakarta are illegally pumping up ground water. This has caused the land to subside. There are places in the city where the ground is subsiding by some 140mm a year. As the city lies on the coast, the risk of flooding is increasing.

During the rainy season, parts of the city are currently under water. Once the project is completed, this rainwater can be caught in the lagoons between the islands.

 

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Ferrovial lands $250m Chilean hydro project Ferrovial Agroman has been chosen by electric utility Endesa to undertake the US$250m (£149m) of civil engineering work for the Los Cóndores hydroelectric plant in Chile.]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:05:01 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/ferrovial-lands-250m-chilean-hydro-project http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/ferrovial-lands-250m-chilean-hydro-project

Ferrovial Agroman has been chosen by electric utility Endesa to undertake the US$250m (£149m) of civil engineering work for the Los Cóndores hydroelectric plant in Chile.

The plant, which is located in the Maule region 360km south of Santiago, will have an installed capacity of 150MW.

The project includes the construction of a 12km intake tunnel, a machinery hall 40m high, and a shielded penstock with a 470m head. Ferrovial will also execute the underground excavation work and build the access tunnel to the machinery hall. The work will begin this year and take four years.

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Bilfinger team wins €230m Stavanger tunnel contract The Norwegian city of Stavanger has awarded the €230m (£190m) contract for the Eiganes Tunnel to a Bilfinger-led joint venture.]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:04:42 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bilfinger-team-wins-andeuro230m-stavanger-tunnel-contract http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bilfinger-team-wins-andeuro230m-stavanger-tunnel-contract

The Norwegian city of Stavanger has awarded the €230m (£190m) contract for the Eiganes Tunnel to a Bilfinger-led joint venture.

The tunnel will improve traffic flows in the city centre and will form part of European Route 39, one of the main traffic arteries on Norway's southwest coast. It will be built by a joint venture in which Bilfinger holds a 60% stake and the Norwegian company Stangeland has 40%.

Work on the approximately 5km-long twin tube tunnel includes construction of several access ramps as well as further connector tunnels. A 2.5km-long new motorway section will also be built as will bicycle and pedestrian paths.

Bilfinger will carry out the underground construction and Stangeland will assume responsibility for earthworks and road construction.

The project is due for completion in 2018.  

 

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Bechtel and Engineers Without Borders launch student internship competition Bechtel and Engineers Without Borders-UK are joining together for a competition that will offers students the chance to win a paid, four-week internship at Bechtel with time spent on an active project.]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:28:45 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bechtel-and-engineers-without-borders-launch-student-internship-competition http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/bechtel-and-engineers-without-borders-launch-student-internship-competition

Bechtel and Engineers Without Borders-UK are joining together for a competition that will offers students the chance to win a paid, four-week internship at Bechtel with time spent on an active project.

The ‘Building Africa through infrastructure’ competition is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in careers in infrastructure, engineering and construction.

“African nations face considerable challenges as they tap natural resources to meet the demands of a growing population whilst minimising the impact on the environment,” said Peter Dawson, president of Bechtel's global civil infrastructure business. “Our internship competition gives students the chance to apply their thinking to solve some of the real problems faced in emerging countries. Careers in infrastructure offer the opportunity to make a positive, lasting impact and provide incredible job satisfaction.”

For their competition entry, students have to identify one country, anywhere in the world, with a specific infrastructure strength and explain how its critical infrastructure, such as water, energy, or transport could be implemented in an African nation. This includes considering what best practice a government of a developing African country might consider as it plans sustainable infrastructure.

Both engineers and non-engineers are encouraged to take part. More details about the ‘Building Africa through infrastructure’ internship competition can be found at http://bechtel.com/ewb-home.html (link opens in new tab).

Bechtel’s work with Engineers Without Borders is part of the company’s global effort to engage students in engineering, science, technology, and math and to improve the quality of life for people through the company’s engineering and construction skills.  

 

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