Laing O’Rourke signs a £195m construction contract for Soho Place development

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.

Inauguration of the northern Ouagadougou interchange manufactured by Sogea Satom

On November 15, 2018, the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, inaugurated the new northern Ouagadougou interchange.

The project was launched in December 2015 to relieve one of the most congested areas of the capital of Burkina Faso. This contract, worth € 102 million, was entrusted to Sogea Satom by the Ministry of Infrastructure. This project consisted of 14 engineering structures, several of which had deep foundations and two were located above a railway line in operation.

The Sogea Satom teams worked on a very urbanized ground with a very dense traffic. It took them 35 months to complete this project.

Kingston University in London chooses Engie for a contract worth £195m

The Kingston University in London (UK) has entrusted the French group Engie with renovations and the future energy management and monitoring across the sites with a contract worth £195 million (around € 222 million). Out of this amount, £55 million will be spent on redesign and refurbishment of 1332 university chambers, followed by a 50-year facilities management and lifecycle contract worth further £140 million. Engie will also take an equity stake in the refurbishment project, alongside infrastructure investment firm, Equitix.

The work will start in June 2019 and should be completed in August 2021.

Eiffage will build the Singrobo-Ahouaty hydropower plant

The Ivory Hydro Energy, which recently signed the first contract amendment to the concession agreement with the Ivorian government relating to the hydropower plant in Singrobbo-Ahouaty, has entrusted Eiffage with the turnkey contract for the project worth 110 million euros.

The deal will concern the design and construction of the civil engineering, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of all the hydromechanical, electromechanical and electrical equipment of the 44 MW plant. The work, beginning in the first quarter 2019, will be carried out over a period of three years.

Total and Sonatrach enhanced their cooperation

The French group Total and the Algerian state-owned company Sonatrach signed two agreements on Sunday 7 October in Paris. The first is a new concession contract for the joint development of the Issasouane Erg gas field, located in the South of the Tin Fouyé Tabankort gas field from which Total is the historical partner. Both companies are committed to make the necessary investments in order to value its reserves, estimated at more than 100 millions of oil-equivalent barrels (mboe). Investment needs for this project, for which the production launch is planned at the end of 2021, are up to 400 million dollars. In turn, a second agreement of joint-venture will allow to start their common project in Arzew (in Western Algeria). It will gather the construction of a dehydrogenation of propane factory as well as a polypropylene production unit with a 550 000t per year capacity. The first engineering studies are planned for November. 

” Agreements signed today marked a new step-in the development of the strategic partnership between Sonatrach and Total in order to pursue the value of the country’s gas reserves bringing the best if our technological expertise,” stated Patrick Pouyanné, Total CEO.

Razel Mali won a major contract in Bamako

Razel Mali, subsidiary “Public Works” of the french group Fayat, just won a significant contract of road upgrading and rehabilitation in Bamako. The works will consist in convert in dual-two lane highway the section connecting the third Bamako bridge to the national road 6 on 3,260 km. They will include the construction of an interchange at the crossroads of the national road as well as the rehabilitation of the section Africa-Yirimadio tower of the RN 6 on 6,5 km. Operations are planned to last 18 months from the 1st October 2018.

Socotec secures the construction of the future Olympic stadium in Ivory Coast

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.

SPIE UK won a new Framework Agreement of M&E engineering with Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL)

The British subsidiary of SPIE, SPIE UK just secured an M&E Framework agreement of four years and for two million pounds per year (or 2,216 million euros). In this sense, the company will be the Principal Contractor for the chiller replacement works at the airport. This choice recognizes the organization’s credentials in M&E engineering-led in the aviation sector of SPIE UK and its previous successful experience of M&E infrastructure schemes at Gatwick. The British subsidiary will be in charge of the replacement and upgrade of an air-cooled chiller, associated pumps and BMS controls located on the roof of Gatwick Airport’s office building.

“Given their solid track record in the aviation sector, we are fully confident that SPIE will deliver the various works to the highest standard, on time and on budget,” stated Jon Arthurs, Project Manager at Gatwick Airport Limited.

The Legendre Group won a contract worth over 100 million euros in Jersey

The French group Legendre, with the Jersey Development Company and the SOM architecture firm have been hired to build the marina of Saint-Hélier, on the Jersey island. Named « Horizon », this contract of more than 100 million euros will gather 280 luxury housing (apartments and penthouses) spread out in three buildings, some office spaces, shops, and 200 parking spots. Some preliminary works have begun in July and the marina should be ended in the end of year 2021. This work will strengthen the Legendre group presence in United Kingdom, after the renovation of the Parker Tower building in London.

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Linden Comansa selects Gabay Group as official dealer in Israel

The construction company Gabay Group has become the exclusive dealer of Linden Comansa in Israel. The two companies signed a three-year contract in March 2018, after Linden Comansa’s 16LC220 tower crane received the approval from the Standards Institute of Israel.

The agreement between the Gabay Group and Linden Comansa includes the immediate purchase of three tower cranes model 16LC220 12t, as well as the purchase of other cranes in the course of 2018 to achieve the objective stated in the contract. These three cranes, that will be part of Gabay Group’s fleet, will have their first job at the construction of the residential complex Hadar ve Yosef in Tel Aviv.

Established in the late 1980s, Gabay Group is one of Israel’s leading construction and real estate companies. Becoming the exclusive dealer of Comansa in Israel is part of the plan to expand its business and enter the tower crane market in both sales and rental.