Presentación de un nuevo libro de de Rafael Blanco Almenta, titulado “Jardines esotéricos”.

El jueves 4 de abril a las 19.00 horas en la sede central de Emasesa, sita en C/ Escuelas Pías nº 1 tendrá lugar la presentación del libro de Rafael Blanco Almenta, titulado “Jardines esotéricos”.  

Jardines esotéricos nace después de descubrir que algunos jardines escondían un mensaje oculto. Se han seleccionado dos, de otros muchos existentes, que han sido A Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal, y el Parque Güell, Barcelona, España, estos dos jardines “especiales” conforman el primer capítulo del libro. El segundo capítulo posee un título muy sugerente: “Elementos masónicos en el jardín”. En este caso se describen elementos, en gran parte esculturas y pinturas, que tienen vínculos con la masonería u otras corrientes de pensamiento. El tercer capítulo está íntegramente dedicado a  los laberintos de España. Con una importante introducción dedicada a temas históricos, técnicos, estéticos, vegetales y otros aspectos, pretende describir todas las cuestiones referentes a estas expresiones vegetales. A partir de aquí uno a uno pasan a ser detallados los laberintos mediante un texto descriptivo, unas imágenes generales y un plano.Son pues 224 las páginas que componen esta obra en un tamaño de 18×24 centímetros. Posee un perfecto equilibrio entre un texto que pretende trasladar mentalmente al potencial lector a cada uno de los jardines descritos y unas imágenes de gran calidad y de extrema belleza por el componente vegetal que lo compone.Este es ya el segundo proyecto editorial de este autor que acoge la editorial Séneca y que felizmente ha podido culminar. Ello ha sido posible gracias a una cuidada maquetación, una selección esmerada de las imágenes y una especial implicación cuyo resultado ha sido más que positivo.Por otro lado ha sido necesaria la colaboración económica de varias empresas, las cuales han patrocinado esta obra mediante la adquisición de ejemplares. Ello ha facilitado también poder sacar al mercado este libro con un precio más que asequible de 22 euros. 

Saudi Arabia to construct 10-gate airport in Jazan

Vacancies are on the rise in Saudi Arabia as it has announced it is to build a 10-gate airport in the Red Sea coastal city of Jazan. According to the country’s General Authority of Civil Aviation, the airport, to be named after King Abdullah, will be built on an area of 52,000m2 and have the capacity to handle up to 2.4m passengers a year. Built to replace the area’s existing airport, it will include a three-story passenger terminal with a VIP lounge, control tower, air cargo zones and other facilities.

El diseñador americano de campos de golf Forrest Richardson acaba de presentar su último libro titilado “ 25 cuestiones para mejorar la calidad de los campos de golf”.

El diseñador  americano de campos de golf Forrest Richardson acaba de presentar su último libro titilado “ 25 cuestiones para mejorar la calidad de los campos de golf”.En una crisis internacional que afecta de una manera importante al sector de golf, Forrest hace una serie de recomendaciones que permiten innovar y mejorar sin realizar grandes inversiones.La experiencia y el sentido común como guía de buenas prácticas.Forrest Richardson A.S.G.C.A.

Opportunities for West Midlands construction

Posted: 19 Mar 2013 10:00 AM PDTBuilding services contractor TClarke is now looking to turn its attention to West Midlands based construction work, after experiencing success in the UK capital during recent years.The contractor fears it might be missing out on crucial opportunities in the West Midlands. An increase of 20 per cent in the company’s order book, following winning projects in London, has contributed to the 5.5 per cent increase in group turnover for 2012.For 2012, turnover was reported as £193.8 million – a £10 million increase on the previous year’s figures. However, the contractor managed an underlying operating profit of 
£2.9 million, just under £2 million less than 2011. Furthermore, the pre-tax profit also saw a shrink from £4.9 million in 2011 to £1.2 million for last year.
Despite this, the company remains in a stable position financially and is crucially debt free, with an improvement on net cash position to £5.6 million as recorded at December 31st 2012 – in comparison to the £0.6 million recorded at the end of 2011.Russell Race, chairman for TClarke told the Construction Index: “We have concentrated on maximising the value from our existing operations; we have targeted large and complex projects particularly in the London commercial and UK data centre sectors.“We have no current plans for acquisitions but will target sustainable growth by expanding our existing businesses into areas where we do not have a local presence, in particular we believe there are opportunities in and around the West Midlands.”Projects that the company has already completed in 2012 include the successful development of the Olympic Stadium, the Emirates Airline cable car and Westfield Stratford shopping centre.In addition to these, the contractor also developed the tallest skyscraper in the European Union, The Shard in Southwark, London.

Five-star hotel to be built in Bristol

Posted: 18 Mar 2013 12:00 PM PDTThe historic Guildhall in Broad Street, Bristol is set to see a major extension project to turn it into a luxury hotel.Some £10 million is to be spent by developer Trevor Osborne to complete the work on the city centre building.The project is still yet to be heard for planning, but if approved the project could begin early next year, with construction work and improvements estimated to take up to 18-months.Proposed to be a five-star venue, the property will be the only hotel with this rating in the city.Speaking to the Bristol Post, the developer said that he is looking to take the existing quality building and turn it into something even better. Mr Osborne added that the site is “a fantastic building in a fantastic location”.“I have already been talking to an operator and there is someone who is very interested in the scheme. They said to me ‘what we will have here is the best hotel in Bristol in the best location’.

“There are some very exciting plans for the Old City area and this is going to be a thriving part of the city, I am incredibly excited by the project,” he continued.Plans already include the addition of an extra two floors to the former courthouse, as well as the creation of a luxury spa in the property’s basement. A further ambitious feature is the installation of a rooftop swimming pool.Mr Osborne is intent on restoring some of the building’s original features and was dismayed that the previous owners wanted to cover these up. Even some statues which were once hidden in niches will once again be revealed.Under the developer’s grand plans, the property will also have a vaulted roof in addition to stained glass windows. Mr Osborne is now looking to further projects in the area, with St Nicholas’s market as one area for potential expansion.

Course Architecture Q&A with Tony Cashmore

Australian Golf Digest sat down in Beijing recently with Australian golf architect Tony Cashmore, the creator of such gems as The Dunes and Thirteenth Beach in Victoria, to talk about his start in golf, his design career and now-booming business in Asia. Darius Oliver – Acclaimed in Australia as the designer of well-regarded layouts like The Dunes and Thirteenth Beach, you now live in Beijing and mostly work in Asia. Why is that?Tony Cashmore – My son James joined my practice some 7 years ago and advised me that the best future for us in designing good new courses was in Asia. I no longer had strong ties in Australia at that time, so I established a branch of the business in Asia – first in Korea, and then in China. Beijing seemed the most valuable base because a lot of our work involves Government discussions, and Beijing is the Government centre. Also, it’s a wonderful, exciting city to live in.DO – How has life – business and personal – changed since your son James became involved in the business?TC – Enormously. James drives the business – he is highly qualified and clever in management and marketing – things which I’m not so good at – and his efforts have been rewarded with the scope of work we now enjoy in Asia and elsewhere. From a personal viewpoint, life in China is happy for me – the work is stimulating every day, and I travel to so many fascinating places, not just into the thriving cities, but often deep out in villages with warm-hearted people, trying to plan estates and fashion good golf courses in wildly different terrains – it’s a most satisfying life.DO – Did you break into the Asian market on the back of what you had done in Australia, or was it a matter of starting again and having to establish your credentials once again?TC – It was a bit of both. Our first project was in Daegu, South Korea, and resulted from  a nice Korean businessman ringing me from Thirteenth Beach – he just loved the Beach course, and wanted his new course to have some of that golf character. I met him, signed the contract, and went to Daegu – worked and lived there for several months whilst the course was being constructed. At the same time, a Chinese project manager came to Australia, studied the work of several architects, and selected me to design a new championship course for his clients in Beijing. That project manager is now a firm friend, and we are designing a further course for his clients.And yet, of course you have to establish yourself in this complex market place – it’s taken us over 6 years to now have several major golf estate projects underway, in China, Vietnam and elsewhere, something which certainly partly stemmed from the success of that early Asian work. For example, there is much to digest about how the Chinese actually regard and use their golf courses – it’s no use trying to force your personal ideas into most projects – you can lead, introduce your thinking, but must never try to dominate the design thrusts. Your ongoing credibility and success as a designer here depends on continually doing good work in a teamwork situation. DO – What’s the best thing about working in China?TC – Oh, it’s the excitement of working with good people on big golf-related projects in the most diverse terrain conditions imaginable, from seaside stretches to ancient river beds to forested mountains with deep valleys, around vast lakes – the country is so beautiful, the clients’ ideas and intentions generally so magnificent. Just to be part of the huge push forward which is China and Chinese life is stimulating every day. And life is so good here, so free, with kind clever people and exciting modern cities. Love it! DO – And the worst….?TC – I guess the most frustrating thing is the long delays and struggles to actually get approvals, to get contractors and machines onto the land, and then to control the work of those contractors – often not very experienced – so that your hard-won designs are carried out successfully. We normally put one of our construction managers on site during the entire construction program – or I visit the site many more times than other designers do, simply because it’s necessary. DO – Back to the beginning, what was it about the game of golf that interested you enough to want to devote your life to course design?TC – Long story. My father was a fine golfer, he introduced his 3 boys to golf very early, we loved the game, got to play it pretty well, and even as a teenager I was sketching the strategy and visuals of golf holes at Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath where we often played – golf fascinated me – the whole every-day changing challenge and joy of playing good golf on great Melbourne courses with good mates. So when I was eventually working as an architect, I got the chance to plan a couple of golf estates in France, and it all started from there.DO – Your best courses have been built on great land, but I wonder whether you derive equal satisfaction from courses built on inferior sites?TC – Perhaps I don’t agree with your premise here. Obviously wonderful sites like at The Dunes yield fine golf courses (although you might be surprised how much of the terrain there was actually created by the shaping genius of Barry Hudson under direction) – but I have fond regard for my courses at say, Goonawarra, Bright, Melton Valley, and elsewhere – not very ‘natural’ sites for golf, some of them tight, the construction budgets even tighter – I derive great satisfaction from fashioning golf holes through such terrains as well as I can, hopefully giving golfing pleasure to many people. DO – You are now in your 60s, and probably as busy as you’ve ever been with projects across Asia and several redesign jobs in Australia. Do you see yourself slowing down anytime soon, or will James even allow you to slow down anytime soon? TC – I’ll be 70 next year. Thanks for putting it so quietly! But I feel much much younger – life and working in Asia suits me, makes me happy, I’m in robust good health thank God, exercise a lot, and I have no intention of slowing up. Bring it on! The more exciting satisfying work the better – and James knows, I hope, that I’m always there for him, trying to help grow the business as well as I can. DO – Speaking of the business, you have some talented design associates working for you at Cashmore Design and I wonder whether they have had to become more involved in your Australian work with you living overseas?TC – Yes, the amount of golf design and construction work we now are lucky enough to have requires strong input from other creative minds –  and we have fine designers in Todd Hyland, Michael Henderson , Tim Lovell and my brother Ray, all very good golfers, all with a deep love for the game, and deep analytic knowledge of golf strategy and golf beauty. Technical knowledge too. And Simon Roberts drives our landscaping design work – never forget the value of correct landscape treatment of a golf course, it’s critical. These guys often go into Asia to work on specific projects – Tim Lovell has been living a lot on site at Foshan near Guangzhou for more than a year getting that wonderful course finished – but they all work on projects in Australia, something which I cannot now control from Beijing. The camaraderie we share, and the challenge to my thinking from such talented people is something very valuable to me. DO – Let’s talk about Duncan Andrews (Cashmore’s client at The Dunes and Thirteenth Beach). Seems on the surface he was the perfect client, because he’s so passionate about golf and knowledgeable about design, but I wonder, Duncan aside, whether you prefer to work with owners that are really involved like that, or those who sit back a little and let you create?Duncan Andrews’ passion for golf, and for getting things right was always a joy to me, still is, and yes, he was the ideal knowledgeable client – and friend. But you would be surprised perhaps to know just how much other clients and their people – without Duncan’s wisdom –  had far stronger influence on what I had to do and what I could not do. No names here, but never think that the architect is normally allowed to re-fashion or create just as he thinks best and wants to – well that’s been my experience, often in Australia, and certainly also here in Asia. I’ve learned from hard experience to be pragmatic. Some great designers through the world enjoy total freedom in creating their visions – budgets irrelevant, no controlling demands from their clients except for excellence, but that has rarely been my lot in the fashioning of golf courses. DO – Can I ask which architects and golf courses have most shaped your design views and philosophies?TC – Early, obviously, the great sand belt courses in Melbourne which I played and loved so much, and their designers, some often not lauded sufficiently – look at Woodlands for example with its glorious small greens’ settings. And then the links courses of Scotland and Ireland and England. I made many trips to play those courses when I was younger – still do – learning the wild variety of play options hole after hole, the sheer joy of unencumbered golf on perfect land. Then I was lucky enough to play many of the great courses in America, sometimes several times – Merion, and Cypress Point, Augusta, Oakmont, The National, Pebble Beach, Pine Valley – and study the huge variety of approaches to challenging golfers of all skill and strength levels their designers adopted. And a couple of these designers had little or no formal golf design training! But all these courses I hope influenced me in a life of working in golf. DO – You’ve worked with Nick Faldo on a couple of projects, how do you view signature design in terms of the quality of the finished product and also the business of having someone else take credit for your work?TC – It’s an interesting question. Very often these ‘signature name’ players have little to do with the design of the courses which wear their names – any accolades for quality in those courses normally should go to the real designer, and often, today anyway, the real designer is known – at least by the knowledgeable golf world. But the development of golf courses is a business, and the ‘name’ may better or more quickly sell the real estate which the golf course enhances. Or expensive memberships. That anyway perhaps was the big thrust until comparatively recently – we are noting in China for example that developers are less willing to pay out enormous ‘design’ fees to great players for the questionable value of selling the real estate – the lots and villas will sell very well in this amazing market anyway.But there are exceptions. Nick Faldo is one. He has of course a marvellous analytic mind about golf strategy, and especially how greens can be fashioned and defended in the mostsubtle ways. And he possesses simply the greatest eye for distances imaginable – can fathom the distance to a site peg out some 230 meters to the exact meter! – he is inspiring to work with, and I hope now that he is working with his own specialist designers his recent and ongoing work will be highly regarded. He really does get involved with the design process. There are a few who do, but not many have the imagination to carry through a complex design venture.  DO – In a nutshell, how do you describe the standard of golf design in Asia and how difficult is it to convince clients to build the sort of golf courses you want to build? TC – Bear in mind that most golf courses in Asia are developed to increase the value of real estate. Often the planners have decided where the villas and units and hotels will best go first, the situation has been approved by the developer and by Government authorities, and often the worst, the residual land in the site is left to the golf course architect. Happens a lot here. So the quality of courses in Asia is often intrinsically conditioned by the site restrictions and difficulties laid upon the poor designer.But perhaps more than that, the Chinese – and most other Asian golfers – have a very different attitude to golf, a different regard for the golf course, and the courses generally therefore need to be somewhat tailored to what the developer wants for his wealthy businessmen members. Gambling on the course is endemic, handicaps are notional, often negotiated on the day, and the players rely on their caddies for doing everything we normally attend to ourselves – raking bunkers, replacing divots, fixing plug marks, marking and aiming the ball for each putt! Designing for such golf attitudes means making the tees as large as possible (many players will take 4-5 divots in the tee before actually committing to the drive), and bunkers are normally urged to be showy and shallow, the greens huge and not too undulating, the rough easy to conquer. It’s strongly about gambling possibilities, hole after hole. Water bodies are absolutely required, as much as possible, and nearly all developers will insist on an ‘island’ green somewhere.So there tends to be a certain ‘sameness’ about the golf courses here, with some notable exceptions, sure. It is rare for a client to go against the trends, and I guess we have been fortunate in convincing some great clients to embark on courses which are far more international in their design. Hopefully the future will see much more of this.DO – Are there any present-day course designers that you admire?TC – I admire many, because I know from long experience how difficult it is to design courses when your design instincts are correct and flowing but restrictions of whatever nature preclude doing all the best things the project should achieve. It’s a tough life. I’m reluctant to mention names, but the designers of some of the lovely new courses in Australia, America, Britain, and yes, here in Asia deserve all our admiration. They know who they are, and knowledgeable golfers world-wide know them too.DO – Is there a modern Aussie course that you wish you’d designed?TC – I guess you mean a course I haven’t designed!?  No – I love and admire several, but haven’t any wish to have designed them – regret and wishful thinking are not useful. Better to concentrate on doing the next course as well as possible. DO – And finally, what are your views on the current health of the Australian golf industry?TC – I’m too far away for too long from the Australian golf situation to make meaningful judgments. Discussions I’ve had with my Australian peers and comrades suggest that there are problems – the economy, and time pressures are forcing many golfers to play less, and that has an adverse effect on clubs and community golf venues. But that perhaps is a world-wide thing, not just Australia.  A great new Australian player, a Greg Norman or Peter Thomson coming along would quickly have a profound positive effect on how golf is perceived and enjoyed in my country.

Mall of Egypt to undergo construction

Posted: 27 Feb 2013 01:01 AM PSTThe long awaited development of the Mall of Egypt is expected to commence this month, with Dubai based developer Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) leading the project.Arabian Business reports that once opened, the building will be a whole year behind schedule. However, the new mall is hoped to bring investment back into the Egyptian capital which has seen significant political and social unrest in recent times.Despite these recent issues, chief executive officer (CEO) of MAF Holding Iyad Malas is confident that the project will be completed and has faith in the Cairo market.This confidence stems from the existing malls in Egypt, located in Alexandria and Maadi, recording a an increase in sales of almost 25 per cent over the course of last year when compared to 2011 figures. This is particularly impressive considering the difficult situation the country has faced.“Trading this year is up 25 per cent. At the end of the day Egyptians still want to eat, drink and go out,” Mr Malas says.

Mr Malas told Arabian Business that he believes that Egypt has support internationally and that a focus on key issues, such as unemployment, must be addressed.The new Mall of Egypt is expected to be built upon 399,400 sq m of land and the project is expected to represent an investment of $800 million (£530 million). Up to 9,000 jobs are expected to be created during construction work on the mall, with a further 7,000 jobs to be made once it opens.In order to fund the construction of the project, MAF Properties obtained $450 million (£298 million) in finance from a consortium led by National Bank of Egypt and Banque Misr. The contract for construction has been split equally between Orascom Construction and BESIX group in a joint venture between the two.In addition to an estimated 380 retail outlets, a Carrefour hypermarket, a 17-screen cinema complex and an amusement park, the first manmade ski resort in North Africa will feature as part of the mall.Vox Cinemas has already expressed an interest in moving into the mall, as the UAE chain is a unit of MAF. Egypt would be a prime business to expand into as a lot of the content used in Arab filmmaking is already produced in the country.Egypt is not the only country which MAF is looking to expand their Mall empire, with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh identified as areas of potential, but Mr Malas that it is very much dependant on finding the right place at the right time.The group is expected to begin construction on a second mall in Beirut, at the location of the Waterfront project. The company’s first mall in Lebanon is also set to open in April, with all units having already been taken up by new tenants.Details of these new projects came during the company’s announcement of its yearly profits. It seemed that 2012 was a successful year, as increased revenue of 10 per cent was recorded in comparison to 2011. The total revenue for MAF has been reported as AED21.6 biliion (£3.9 billion) during last year.The construction of the new mall will come as a positive for the Egyptian construction industry as a whole, as it looks to put behind previous illegal construction practices.

Russia set for numerous hotel developments

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 12:00 PM PDTWith the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 approaching, Russia has stepped up the construction of hotels throughout the nominated host cities and venues.For the locations which have been defined as settings for both of the international sporting events, hotel infrastructure in that area is set to experience huge growth.A report from KPMG has found that major hotel brands are expanding to twice their current presence in the country by 2018.The International Hotel Operators in Russia report suggests that in addition to key centres such as Moscow and St Petersburg, outlaying areas such as Sochi will also receive large hotel accommodations.On its own, Sochi is expected to increase its hotel capacity by 13 per cent, with Rezidor, InterContinental, Marriott and Accor looking to open venues throughout the necessary regions.Accor is expected to increase its hotel capacity in Moscow by 12 sites by 2018, giving the brand a total empire of 16 hotels in the Russian capital.Hilton is the next major operator which will open the most hotels in the capital city, as it is expected to deliver an additional six venues to its current single unit.A building complex of six luxury hotels is also set to be built, with Interstate Hotels & Resorts operating the completed development. The entire complex is expected to have 1,564 rooms, with three of the six being hotels being under the Marriott brand.Holiday Inn is expecting to introduce its first properties to the Russian Market. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a franchise multiple development agreement with Regional Hotel Chain in order to deliver some 15 new hotels to Russia by 2019.This particular deal will see IHG’s Russian empire doubled in size. Some 2,250 rooms will be added with the construction of the Holiday Inn Express hotels in locations such as Chelyabinsk and Voronezh. The latter is expected to open towards the end of 2014.Angela Brav, IHG’s chief executive officer, Europe, said: “This is a breakthrough for IHG in Russia. It marks the debut of the Holiday Inn Express brand there and, when the hotels open we will have doubled the size of our system as it stands in Russia today, making a significant step towards our ambition to be market leaders.” Robert Shepherd, chief development officer for IHG, Europe, added that Russia is a priority for IHG within the European market. This is currently due to the underdevelopment in regards to the number of branded hotel rooms, despite the area being one of the most prosperous economies on the continent.“As Russia grows in economic importance, the introduction of the Holiday Inn Express brand will not only be important to meet local mid-scale demand in-country, where we know there is a significant supply gap, but also as part of a future strategy to capture inbound demand as a brand of choice,” he added.In addition to the benefit this will bring for tourism – especially ahead of the two globally anticipated sporting events – the Russian economy will be boosted by an increase in infrastructure projects in addition to providing a number of skilled workers with jobs in construction.The news comes alongside further evidence of European hotel building projects in Switzerland and Spain. It is said that Europe is holding pace in the worldwide hotel boom, but is falling behind Asia.Data from TopHotelProjects suggests that 1,180 new four and five star hotels are set to be built in Europe, whereas Asia is expected to deliver 1,700. However, only 450 new hotels are believed to be under construction in North America, putting Europe at the forefront of the global market.

Developing opportunities in Asia

Singapore-owned developer, Keystone Land Developments, is to build a 41-storey residential and hotel tower in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. The deal, worth RM450 million, has been dubbed “The Establishment” and will be launched by June 2013. Once complete, the development will boast serviced suites, hotel, facilities, a car park and a bridge linking it to the Bangsar LRT station. 


The Prestige Golfshire Positioned to Set New Standards for Golf in the Region Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce its appointment to manage The Prestige Golfshire – the only five-star golf and leisure estate in Bangalore, India. Set to become one of the country’s finest golf projects, the development will draw on Troon Golf’s industry leading expertise in delivering a world-class experience as the game continues to grow throughout the region.

“Along with the country’s booming growth, the emergence of professional Indian golfers on the international stage is a powerful influence creating increased demand for world-class golf in India,” stated Bruce Glasco, managing director, Troon Golf Europe, Middle East & Africa. “The Prestige Group has taken a strategic approach to respond to these demands by developing the region’s leading golf and leisure estate and we are proud to be assisting them with delivering an experience of the highest standard.”

Developed by The Prestige Group, a world renowned real estate conglomerate, The Prestige Golfshire will be among the finest golf properties in India. Boasting an 18-hole championship course designed by Bob Hunt, the facility will provide extensive food & beverage outlets, along with fully-equipped leisure and social facilities. The clubhouse will feature a gym, pool, restaurants, and meeting rooms. A luxury Marriott hotel overlooking the golf course will make the development one of the most complete destinations of its kind.

“The Prestige Group is delighted to welcome Troon Golf’s expertise to The Prestige Golfshire project in India,” stated Irfan Razack, CMD, Prestige Group. “The respected team of committed experts will be a key asset in creating a benchmark leisure estate for not only Bangalore but India as a whole. Troon Golf will be instrumental in setting international quality standards with Prestige Golfshire, which remains our constant endeavor.”

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