Two vie for job boosting £415m road contract

Up to 900 jobs are to be supported by a scheme to undertake improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 in Scotland. The £415m development sees the race narrow from four consortia, shortlisted last June, to two. Connect Roads, consisting of Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try and Carillion, will now go up against the Scottish Roads Partnership, comprising Amey and Lagan. Works are expected to start in late 2013 for completion by 2017.

Restoration work at Mira Vista Golf Club in Northern California

Here is a video of the restoration work at Mira Vista CC in Northern California: Richardson Golf Course ArchitectPhilosophyClassic Values. Innovative Solutions The first golf courses were nestled among the dunes. Nature decided their form. The golfers of the day decided their play. There was no grand and ingenious land plan. No engineering. Certainly, there was no such professional as ‘the golf course architect,’ a term we have come to know as the game has made its way to nearly every corner of the world. We have come a long way — or have we? As the custodians of the great game of golf, have we kept our priorities in order? Are the courses we celebrate today as pure and simple as the linksland from which the game evolved? Are the golf courses of today fun to play? Moreover, are they fun to develop, build and promote? The Role of the Golf Architect As golf course architects our priorities are simple. We hold the game of golf, its traditions and values close to heart. To us, a golf course represents far more than the soil and plants that form its appearance. A golf course is a place to recreate, to share friendships and celebrate the joys of a challenge. It is a place for the young to discover the worth of being outdoors, and the young-at-heart to discover that time does stand still — even if only for a few hours at a time. In our pursuit of great designs, we remember that golf’s unique playing boards-these one-of-a-kind creations — are living landscapes. Every golf course project must live up to the forces of nature and time. The cost of our work does not end on the day it opens. One must keep an eye toward the future. Toward creating courses that are efficient — both to build initially, and to maintain for the long term. Our Pursuit Great golf course architecture must begin with a purpose. It is said that our work is part art and part science. This is true. From early vision to opening day, the golf course architect must bridge this gap. Our role is to embrace the charm and traditions of golf, and blend them with new technologies and innovative deign. Success comes when our creativity brings enjoyment. When the golf is fun.  


Dubai Eye approved for tourist complex


 Feb 2013 11:00 AM PSTSet to be the largest Ferris wheel in the world, the Dubai coast is set for the construction of a brand new tourist attraction.Proposed to be 45 metres larger than the 165 metre Singapore Flyer, the Dubai Eye will offer panoramoric views of its coastline and other attractions, such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa.Construction work is soon to commence on the £1.1 billion Bluewaters Island complex next to the Jumeirah Beach Residence, which has also had planning permission approved by the ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.The 210 metre Dubai Eye will be 75 metres taller than the London Eye, and will cost an estimated £174 million.Appointed to handle the design and construction work of the Ferris wheel are Hyundai Contracting and Starneth Engineering. In addition to the record-breaking development, the piazza below will feature an entertainment zone for the purposes of both conferences and special occasions.The large wheel will also be a prime spot for advertising, with an LED screen mounted upon the wheel, creating a platform for the display of advertisements, broadcasts and other interactive information.Head of sales and leasing at Cluttons Mario Colpi told The National: “The view from the top will be amazing now – Dubai’s Manhattan-style skyline rather than just desert. It will be able to attract visitors from the other emirates such as Abu Dhabi more easily too.”Other aspects of the Bluewater complex include retail areas and further settings for entertainment. Furthermore, shops, restaurants and a souq (open air market place) along the promenade will feature. The island is also to set to receive a brand new luxury five-star hotel as well as private residential accommodation.Construction of the entire tourist zone is set to commence in April, with three years suggested to be the time of completion. It has been estimated by developers that the island will attract over three million visitors per year, as Dubai looks to increase tourism.A pedestrian bridge to connect the island to the beach front and the mainland will also be constructed. Not only that, but a monorail system and cable car will be developed in order to provide transport links for all visitors to different areas of the site.
The construction of the Ferris wheel puts up a challenge to plans which have recently emerged from the US for similar developments.
Firstly, the Bluewater wheel will eclipse the 167-metre development of a similar tourist attraction in Las Vegas. Part of The Linq, the High Roller is intended to be a feature of the dining and entertainment complex. Plans for this project were revealed in the summer of last year.

Gatwick Airport will invest a further £1bn on revamp

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 09:00 AM PSTOperating firms are fighting each other off to be involved in a new refurbishment of Gatwick Airport. Airport owners have now announced that they will be spending an extra £1 billion on improvements between 2014 and 2019.New plans, which are yet to be cleared by the Civil Aviation Authority, hope to boost the major projects framework, a transformation of new check-in areas, a £90 million expansion of the international departure lounge and a £26 million modern security area for the North Terminal. Other plans also include demolishing Pier 1, the UK’s oldest pier, to replace it with a two-story block, and to extend Pier 6 in early 2014, costing £175 million, which will increase the number of A380 strands.Many firms want to be responsible for the renewal plans which will mean new construction jobs in the south-east. These include Bouygues, Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Willmott Dixon and Vinci.Gatwick hopes that this will be the first step towards eventually introducing the next new runway for the south-east of England.Gatwick has so far spent £892 million on improvements since 2008. This includes a new £45 million inter-terminal shuttle, two new security lanes in the North Terminal, resurfacing the runways, new baggage systems, and refurbishing the immigration hall in the South Terminal. The modern departures lounge and a new 19-lane security area in the South Terminal, and 1,200 new North Terminal car parking spaces have been developed also.Airlines have been less favourable towards the move. In a statement, Virgin Atlantic said: “Around £1 billion has been invested in the airport experience at Gatwick in recent years. Instead of repeating that level of expenditure, the airport should be looking at making smart investment decisions to further improve passenger services in a cost effective way.”The original £1.2 billion programme spans from 2008 to 2014, meaning that £20 million is being spent on average every month to upgrade the airport facilities.

Balfour Beatty wins £64m Dubai airport contract

BK Gulf, Balfour Beatty’s Dubai joint venture, has secured a £64m mechanical and electrical engineering contract for work on the expansion of Dubai International Airport. The firm will install electrical, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and fire protection systems in a new airport concourse facility. BK Gulf’s design solution will power the new facilities using photovoltaic and solar panels. Go online today and discover the latest projects in the Middle East.

McCloud brings housing scheme to Oxford

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 11:00 AM PSTAs a follow up project from a sustainable housing project in Swindon, television property guru Kevin McCloud is bringing the scheme to Oxford.

McCloud originally undertook the project, which was filmed for Channel 4, to prove that it is possible to provide sustainable housing at a low cost – and to allow under-privileged families to reap the benefits of his developments.

After the success of this project, the scheme is now being brought to the Oxford area with an application for 108 homes submitted.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) submitted the plans on behalf of the scheme, with McCloud’s company Hab intending to complete the development.

The project is set to take place in three different areas across the region, with a number of construction jobs set to be supported throughout the project.

The first of the three city council owned sites is located on Barns Road in Cowley. This part of the project will see 40 apartments set into one large building. A roof garden and community rooms are to be main features of the new build.

One of two Northway based projects is set to begin on Dora Carr Close. This site will have 47 homes, comprising 15 three-bed houses, four four-bedroom houses and a four-storey mansion containing 28 flats of one and two-bedrooms. The scheme will also see a community hall constructed, which will provide sports facilities, a café and business units. Areas for community food plots will also be provided.

Westlands Drive, also in Northway, will feature 21 one and two-bedroom flats in a three storey mansion block.

Once completed, McCloud will make the properties available in a number of different formats – socially rented, shared ownership and market housing. Up to 70 per cent of this will be made as affordable housing.

The project has aims to be just as desirable as any other area in Oxfordshire.“Part of that is about creating beautiful public realm; part of it is about creating an architectural legacy that is distinctive to its place and which bolsters Oxford’s great tradition of building craftsmanship,” McCloud said.The project will be built to level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes, as well as setting sights for a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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It’s obviously, that effective agents network is one of the key to success in Russian market. It not so easy to find right partners who will really work with your properties, not to only promise. When you calling or e-mailing to establish the connection with potential partner you scan spend a lot of time and energy. But you never know is this right company or no.   

Much more effective communication face to face. And you have possibility to have tens business meetings in 2 days if you will take part in Moscow Overseas Property Workshop. This is the unique event which will visit more than 150 agents from Moscow, St-Pet, and other regions of Russia. Their aim is to find new foreign partners and update property portfolio. Would you like to meet them?  

 Workshop will let you to present your company to Russian agents and take part in seminars where you’ll know secrets of success in Russian market. After 2 days of event your will definitely have some new partners and signed agents contracts and in nearest future your revenues will grow.  

Dates of Moscow Overseas Property Workshop is February, 28th – March, 1st. The place of event is Aerostar Hotel in Moscow. More details  you can find in attached presentation and in the web-site of the event <> . 

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