The British engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke has signed a construction contract for the Soho Place, Tottenham Court Road development in London, UK. Soho Place is a mixed-use scheme above the new Tottenham Court Road Crossrail Station. The contract worth £195m will comprise of a 10-storey building with retail and office space, coupled with a nine storey building split into three office floors above a 600 seat theatre, the first to be built in the West End of London for over 50 years. With the main construction that has already begun, the team is concentrating on some challenging pilling above and around the web of services and tube lines that sit below the site. The development is due for completion in November 2021.
Croatian concession company Bina Istra has chosen Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of the French company Bouygues Construction, to widen to four lines a 28.1 km stretch of the Istria Motorway, located in a peninsula in north-western Croatia. Works on the first 11.6 km section between Rogovici and Cerovlje started in November 2018 and are scheduled to be completed in November 2020. The second stage, which includes the 16.5 km section from Cerovlje and Vranja, along with the construction of a rest area, will start in November 2019 for a final delivery in November 2021. The new stretch of the Istria Motorway also includes the construction of 11 viaducts. The amount for the completion of this work totals 167.1 million euros.
The construction site of the Nachtigal Amont hydroelectric project on the Sanaga River (70 km north-east of Yaounde) has officially begun. On this site, civil engineering design and construction work will be carried out by the French civil engineering company NGE. The various works will include the construction of a roller compacted concrete of 400 000 m3 forming a dam about 1.5 km long as well as a 3.3 km canal with a capacity of 980 m3 / s and the civil engineering works of the hydroelectric plant (which will include seven 60 MW turbines). The contract for this work, amounting to almost 400 million euros for a period of 57 months, was concluded on August 1 between NGE and the concession company NHPC (Nachtigal Hydro Power Company) which includes EDF ( 40%), the Republic of Cameroon (30%) and the World Bank Group (30%). Once it is completed and commissioned in 2023, the new plant will have a capacity of 420 megawatts. It will enable Cameroon’s electricity supply to grow by almost a third.
Sarens has mobilised 17 cranes to help building the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the eight stadiums of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This operation was made possible by Sarens’ crane rental division represented by Qatar Al-Attiyah International Group, which has been working closely with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy on the construction of Qatar’s eight major World Cup stadiums. In collaboration with the Salini Impregilo Group and Galfar and Cimolai joint venture (GSIC JV), along with Cimolai S.p.A., Sarens has provided cranes for the construction of the Stadium in the City of Al Khor.
A total of 17 mobile and crawler cranes are deployed on-site over a period of 18 months, including a Demag CC 6800, Liebherr LR 1750, Liebherr LR 1400, Liebherr LR 1300, Liebherr LR 1280, Liebherr LR 1250, Liebherr LR 1200, Liebherr LR 1160, Liebherr LR 1130, Liebherr LR 1100, Liebherr LTM 1500, Liebherr LTM 1350, Liebherr LTM 1250, Liebherr LTM 1160, Liebherr LTM 1070, Kobelco CKE 1350 and a Tadano GR 800 EX.
The stadium’s design is inspired by traditional Bedouin tents. Once completed, the stadium will host 60,000 football fans in an area of 200.000 square meters. The preparations for the 2022 World Cup also include construction on the Doha Metro System, new orbital highways and expressways.
In August, the Vinci group subsidiary Sogea-Satom began working on the construction of a drinking water treatment facility in Katosi, near capital Kampala in Uganda. It includes designing and building a facility which will treat 160 000 cubic meters per day.
Granted by the National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), this jobsite follows sewerage works DN 1400 on 10 km, downstream of this new facility, which has begun in September 2017. These pipes transport the treated water from the facility located in Katosi up to Kampala. Actually mainly powered by the water treatment facility Gbaba, Kampala will count on twice more drinking water at the end of the works.
The Socotec Group won the technical inspection contract for the Anyama-Ebimpé Stadium, located 20 km north of Abidjan. This contract was concluded between Socotec Africa subsidiary (established for 60 years in this country) and the National Office for Technical and Development Studies (BNETD). From October 2018, the Socotec teams will assist BNETD in the design and construction phases of this Olympic stadium, as part of the African Cup of Nations scheduled for January 2021. The bird’s nest-shaped stadium, with a capacity of 60 000 seats, is built on a site with a surface of 27 ha including an Olympic Village. It is the first of three stadiums stated to be built for the event. The others will be in San Pedro and Korhogo.