FCC ha ganado un megacontrato 5.900 millones de euros en Arabia Saudi.

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El grupo constructor y de servicios controlado por Esther Koplowitz lidera uno de los consorcios que ha resultado adjudicatario de una gran obra de infraestructuras en el país. Llevará a cabo las obras en tres líneas de metro en Riad por un contrato valorado en 7.820 millones de dólares (unos 5.900 millones de euros), según informa Reuters.
La obra es parte de un gigantesco proyecto para el desarrollo del transporte público del país, que ha sido entregado también a otros dos consorcios. En conjunto, serán seis líneas de metro en la capital de Arabia Saudí, Riad, con un total de 176 kilómetros.
Según FCC, el plazo de ejecución de las obras será de 5 años, y su construcción dará empleo a más de 15.000 personas. En palabras del vicepresidente y consejero delegado de FCC, la adjudicación “acredita la reputación internacional de las empresas españolas de infraestructuras y específicamente de FCC, cuyas referencias han sido determinantes para el éxito de la licitación”.
De acuerdo a las autoridades saudíes, es el sistema de transporte público en desarrollo más grande del mundo. Las seis líneas que componen el proyecto global del metro de la capital saudí tendrán una longitud superior a los 176 kilómetros. En conjunto, los tres contratos están valorados en un total de 22.500 millones de dólares (cerca de 17.000 millones de euros).
La infraestructura de transporte reducirá la congestión del tráfico, reforzará e impulsará la economía del reino de Arabia y mejorará la calidad de vida de los sauditas. El metro se convertirá en la solución a los actuales problemas de tráfico que sufren sus ciudadanos, con 7,4 millones de desplazamientos diarios, de los que únicamente el 2% se realiza actualmente en trasporte público.
Bechtel, un gigante estadounidense de la construcción, ha sido otro de los ganadores. Lidera uno de los consorcios que ha sido adjudicatario con un contrato de 9.450 millones de dólares (alrededor de 7.100 millones de euros) con el objetivo de llevar a cabo la construcción de dos líneas de metro.
Por último, el grupo italiano Ansaldo STS encabeza un grupo que ha ganado un contrato por 5.210 millones de dólares (en torno a 3.900 millones de euros).

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces today that it has been appointed preferred bidder for the transmission assets of the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm project, located off the north coast of Wales in the UK, as part of the Offshore Transmission Owners (“OFTO”) regulatory regime.

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces today that it has been appointed preferred bidder for the transmission assets of the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm project, located off the north coast of Wales in the UK, as part of the Offshore Transmission Owners (“OFTO”) regulatory regime.

Gwynt y Môr has an indicative transfer value of £346 million. Balfour Beatty will invest 60% of the equity stake required for the project upon financial close, which is expected during the first half of 2014.

Once financial close has been achieved, Balfour Beatty, in a consortium with Equitix, will jointly own the 576 MW offshore high-voltage transmission asset and will be responsible for the asset’s operation and maintenance as well as connecting the wind farm to the onshore electricity transmission system. The OFTO will carry out its responsibilities through a 20-year licence awarded by Ofgem, the UK Government’s regulator for gas and electricity markets.

Combined with the Thanet and Greater Gabbard offshore transmission assets which are expected to reach close later this year, Gwynt y Môr gives Balfour Beatty a leading investor position in this new and growing market, with responsibility for OFTO transmission assets worth £830 million with a combined transmission capacity of 1380 MW.

Balfour Beatty has also recently been selected by Ofgem to participate in the next round of bidding which will commence later this year for the West of Duddon Sands project which has an estimated transfer value of £310 million.

Balfour Beatty CEO, Andrew McNaughton, said: “Gwynt y Môr is a significant step in the development of our investment business in non-PPP infrastructure markets, as well as our wider strategy of developing our delivery capability in the offshore renewables industry. It firmly places Balfour Beatty in a leading position within the fast growing and potentially very large offshore transmission markets.”

Yorkshire Water names 11 firms to deliver £1bn AMP6 programme

Eight contractors including Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall Grontmij and three consultants, Arup, Montgomery Watson Harza and Turner and Townsend, have been appointed by Yorkshire Water to deliver £1bn-worth of work from 2015 to 2020. The AMP6 investment programme will include replacing mains that have come to the end of their life and using innovative, undisruptive methods to clean or rehabilitate others.

Blog: Good news! Construction is on the up!

26/07/2013 18:04:01
The construction industry has been inundated with positive news in the past week or so.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the National House-Building Council (NHBC) have all released figures recently showing that construction is contributing positively to the economy.
Increasing output, more housing registrations and greater workloads are just some of the positive figures that have emerged. The ONS even reported that construction contributed to the gross domestic product rise of 0.6 per cent.
While construction workers and the industry as a whole will welcome these statistics, it is important that some perspective is maintained.
The industry has gone through some hard times in recent years and positive news will be leapt upon quickly. However, both the industry and the government must put in place measures to keep this level of construction sustained, so as to not fall back into the crisis levels.

Kerala govt okays Emke Group project

REIDIN – Daily Dubai Jul 25, 2013
The international convention centre and hotel project proposed by UAE-based Emke Group at Bolghaty Island in the port city of Cochin has received the final approval of the Kerala government.

The state cabinet cleared the project, which is designed to facilitate events such as Saarc summits and the Oscar Awards function, at its meeting on Wednesday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced the decision at his post-cabinet media briefing. Group managing director Yusufali MA had earlier offered to withdraw from the project after questions came up over the land deal with the Cochin Port Trust. The NRI businessman reconsidered the offer after he received support from major political parties.

The project, which is the biggest of its kind in the country, envisages an international convention centre with a seating capacity of 4,000 to 6,000 and a five star hotel in association with the Hyatt Group at an estimated cost of Rs6 billion.

Construction in Japan rising rapidly

23/07/2013 16:04:16
The construction industry all over the world has shown signs of emerging from a difficult global economic crisis in recent months.
Not only has the UK sector recorded an increase in workloads, confidence in Europe is also high, whereas America has seen the highest employment levels since the economic crash.
The Far East has also seen positive figures when it comes to growth and activity in construction.
In Japan, for example, there has been a significant growth in construction – now at its fastest pace for 23 years.
According to Global Post, spending in Japan is expected to experience a growth of 11.2 per cent to 49.95 trillion yen (£330 billion) during the fiscal year in March.
It has been suggested that this is in part due to a new supplementary budget set by prime minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet.
Japan suffered terribly after the country was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and has had to undergo an extensive rebuilding process for businesses, homes and public facilities.
Construction spending in the fiscal year 2013 is at the highest since 2006, the Global Post says, with government spending of 21.96 trillion yen (£150 billion). This includes 5.4 trillion yen (£40 billion) set aside in the fiscal 2012 supplementary budget. Up to 763,000 construction jobs are set to be created as a result of this funding, whilst providing a 1.1 per cent increase to Japan’s gross domestic product.
This positivity is expected to continue to the end of the 2013 fiscal year, with an increase in spending of 7.5 per cent predicted.
A number of residential developments are expected to see construction work, whether this is through new builds or repair work. The government has set aside 14.89 trillion yen (£100 billion) for residential investment in Japan.
Aluminium is used in the repair of aging and damaged buildings, and the Japan Aluminium Association has suggested that the demand for the material could increase by as much as 57 per cent by 2022 if this continues.
Currently the home repair market is ten per cent, when compared to new homes being constructed, Building Repair Association secretary general Yoichiro Sazuka said. However he expects this to continue to rise until 2022, hitting a 57 per cent increase for levels of repairs required in 2012.
It has also recently been reported that Japan’s Daiwa House Industry Co. has set out plans to raise $1.4 billion (£940 million) in share issuance in order to deliver real-estate development throughout the country and stimulate the property sector.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Daiwa House Industry will invest up to $4 billion (£2.65 billion) into the real estate sector in the next three business years.
It was a move encouraged by land prices increasing in May, with 53 per cent of locations in Japan’s major cities seeing a rise.

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces today the award of an £80 million contract to design and construct a 19-storey building in central London for Urbanest, a leading supplier of student accommodation in the capital.

The scheme which is situated on Westminster Bridge Road, in close proximity to the South Bank Conservation Area and the Westminster World Heritage site, will provide sought-after higher education student accommodation across 1,092 bedrooms.The development will also accommodate a new sixth-form college, a health suite with swimming pool and affordable office space.

The accommodation floors will include photovoltaic panels and combined heat and power technology to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, one of the industry’s highest accolades for sustainable best practice in building design, construction and operation. Innovative modular off site construction techniques will be utilised to create bathroom pods and a cladding system, both of which will result in a quicker and safer construction programme.

Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Andrew McNaughton said:

“The dynamic student accommodation market is a key growth area for Balfour Beatty around the world. We look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise of sustainable construction methods to this project, our fifth prestigious scheme for Urbanest, in the heart of the capital.

“In partnership with Urbanest, we have committed to a range of employment and training initiatives including the creation of 40 apprenticeships to ensure the project generates tangible benefits for the local community.”

Main construction works are due to commence this summer with completion in time for the beginning of the 2015 academic year. At construction peak, the project will employ 500 people on site.

This award follows Balfour Beatty’s successful collaboration on four previous student accommodation projects in the capital for Urbanest totalling £100 million at 100 East Road, Hoxton, The Minories in the City of London, the T6 development at Kings Cross and Camley Street in NW1.

Nakheel awards contract for The Pointe

REIDIN DAILY DUBAI Jul 19, 2013
Nakheel yesterday awarded a contract for ground improvement work at the site of The Pointe, its Dh800 million, 136,000 square metre retail and entertainment complex on Palm Jumeirah.

The contract was awarded to Freyssinet Gulf, with mobilisation expected before the end of this month. The ground preparation work, including vibro-compaction, topographic survey and factual site investigation work, will take four months, with actual construction planned to begin towards the end of this year.

The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah, approved earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will be located at the tip of The Palm, opposite Atlantis.

The project will contain a diverse range of shopping, dining and entertainment facilities, including a spectacular off-shore fountain display. Completion is anticipated in 2016.

GCC hotel revenue poised to hit $25 billion by 2016

REIDIN DAILY DUBAI Jul 19, 2013
Hotel revenue in the GCC is expected to soar to $25 billion by 2016 from $17.83 billion in 2011, driven by a projected surge in international tourist arrivals.

At a compound annual growth rate of 6.93 per cent, the revenue jump reflects the region’s steadily improving business prospects as well as leisure tourist demand, Kuwait Financial Centre, or Markaz, said in its GCC Hospitality report.

The average occupancy rate for GCC, which was 68 per cent for the year 2012, is expected to reach an average occupancy of 73 per cent by 2016, said the report.

“The GCC is home to high percentage of luxury hotels and its pipeline is also dominated by many high profile projects,” it said.

STR Global in its Construction Pipeline Report for June 2013 said that the Middle East/Africa hotel development pipeline comprises of 491 hotels totalling 120,795 rooms.

Dubai, region’s key market reported the largest number of rooms under construction with 10,391 rooms. Five other markets reported more than 1,000 rooms under construction: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (5,598 rooms); Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (3,727 rooms); Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2,213 rooms); Cairo, Egypt (1,744 rooms); and Amman, Jordan (1,547 rooms).

Markaz report said the Average Daily Rent (ADR) for the year 2012 is estimated at $204, which is relatively on the higher side in comparison with other regions. “While issues like political unrest and oversupply affected the OR and ADR in the past, the forecast for both these metrics is positive with increasing business as well as leisure tourist demand.”

The report argued that although there were several growth factors driving the hospitality industry in the GCC, international tourism has to be the most significant one.

“The GCC region is home to some of the finest hotels in the world and people visit the region for niche tourism offerings such as cultural, religious tourism as well as sports and event based tourism. The region is increasingly seen as a Mice destination.

“The improving economic condition, government’s support to the private sector, the strategic location of the GCC as an ideal transit point along with the better reach from the airline industry fosters well for the hospitality industry,” said the report.

Markaz pointed out that skewed supply of hotel rooms towards upscale and luxury segment is a key trend in the hotel industry. “These hotels provide services including spa and gymnasium facilities for which the demand is on the rise. Also, some of the big international hotel chains are increasingly showing willingness to form tie-ups with local players and the latter are being recognized for their remarkable and novel services. Service apartments have grown in the GCC region with the rise of business travellers and expatriates who look for longer stays at reasonable prices.”

The report, however, cautioned that the possibility of a negative shift in the socio-economic and political instability of countries in the Middle East could impact the revenues of the region’s hospitality industry. Other issues like oversupply in countries like UAE, Qatar and some parts of Saudi Arabia affected the OR and ADR values in the region.

“The high employee turnover and the labour laws in the region are a cause of concern for the hoteliers. The rising cost of construction coupled with stringent lending policies is some of the other key challenges in the industry,” it said.

Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi hotels posted significant growth in gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) this year, the latest HotStats survey reveals.

Tourist arrivals in the UAE are forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.3 per cent between 2012 and 2022, with hotel supply also expected to increase from the current 96,992 hotel rooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, to a total of 125,383 hotel rooms in 2016.

The latest Ernst & Young Middle East Hotel Benchmark Survey shows that Dubai’s hospitality market witnessed positive growth on all key performance indicators through the first quarter 2013 compared to the same period last year. During 2012, approximately 3,500 new branded hotel rooms were added to Dubai’s hotel supply.

Adiós al padre de La Manga del Mar Menor

Fallece a los 87 años el empresario Tomás Maestre Aznar, artífice de La Manga
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Si los Banús construyeron Marbella, Tomás Maestre Aznar fue el padre de La Manga del Mar Menor, el gran hito turístico en la costa murciana, junto a base militar de San Javier. Abogado y empresario del sector urbanístico, falleció en la noche del miércoles 17, en Madrid, a los 87 años de edad.
Madrileño, nacido en 1925, se crió en el seno de una familia de empresarios y políticos. Su padre, José Maestre Plaza, fue ministro durante el gobierno de Maura y yerno del empresario Miguel Zapata Sáez propietario de yacimientos mineros de la sierra de Cartagena-La Unión y socio de la multinacional Sociedad Minero Metalúrgica de Peñarroya (SMMP), adquiriendo de ésta sus pertenencias en Portmán.
Tras la guerra civil la familia había perdido su patrimonio fabril, conservando únicamente propiedades en Cartagena, incluidas algunas al norte de San Javier.
Recibió el apoyo de Fraga para impulsar su proyecto
Maestre, que había hecho sus pinitos inmobiliarios en Madrid y la Costa del Sol, estudió Derecho y se licenció en 1948, al tiempo que se hacía cargo del patrimonio familiar agrícola.
Con el despertar de la dictadura, en 1956 compró a su tío, Tomás Maestre Zapata, los derechos de La Manga Norte. No sin litigios y disputas familiares -se le acusó de emplear técnicas poco transparentes- hizo lo propio con otros familiares del numeroso ‘clan Maestre’ y José Celdrán, dueño de La Manga Sur y parte del Cabo de Cabos, para comprar el brazo de tierra completo.
Hito turístico
Con los títulos de propiedad en la mano contactó con el conocido arquitecto Antonio Bonet e inició los trámites para construir su faraónico proyecto, diseñado para 70.000 personas, para lo que contó con el respaldo de los dos ayuntamientos implicados (San Javier y de Cartagena), el de varios a promotores locales e incluso del ministro de Turismo, Manuel Fraga, que visitó La Manga en 1962.
Su mega-proyecto fue respaldado con entusiasmo a nivel local, pero no por la Diputación de Murcia, cuyo presidente tenía familiares que en ese momento litigaban con el empresario.
Pero el gobierno militar sí le respaldó. En 1963, por arte de magia la zona pasa a convertirse en Centro de Interés Turístico, pierde cualquier tipo de protección y Maestre, solucionados los aspectos financieros y de suministro de agua, inicia las obras de la urbanización de Los Cubanitos, Hoteles Entremares -el primero de los hoteles, construido en 1966- y Galúa, así como los bungalows.
Después, entró en contacto con el magnate norteamericano Gregory Peters, con quien explota el negocio del golf en Atamaría. En él se involucraron la familia de Severiano Ballesteros y Jack Nicklaus.
A finales de los 70, tuvo que desprenderse numerosas propiedades, que cayeron en manos de promotores
Maestre hizo y deshizo en La Manga al abrigo de la dictadura, pero la crisis de los 70, las fuertes inversiones y algunos negocios ruinosos, como el casino, le obligaron a desprenderse de numerosas propiedades, que cayeron en manos de promotores. El plan de Maestre y Bonet sucumbió pasto de planes parciales que alimentaron la especulación en la zona y el destrozo del litoral a pasos agigantados.
Otro de los frenos de los planes de Maestre fueron los deslindes y desclasificaciones de terrenos la Ley de Costas de los años 80, que criticó con dureza, pues le obligó, por ejemplo, a desmantelar la carretera que unía la Isla del Ciervo -de su propiedad-, con la restinga. Maestre siempre defendió la propiedad privada del litoral. La ley también había desclasificado como zona urbana la antigua Bahía del Vivero, en la zona de Cartagena, que Maestre había desecado y rellenado.
Plan Bonet. El arquitecto catalán concibió La Manga para 70.000 personas.
Para unos, el paraje natural del arenal de La Manga fue arrasado por Maestre y los promotores a los que vendió los terrenos y que remataron -para mal- su obra. Para otros, sin su ambición no hubiera sido posible el despertar turístico de San Javier y Cartagena. “La Manga era mi sueño de juventud y me gusta el riesgo. Donde no hay aventura comercial, nunca habrá beneficios”, dijo a ABC en 1985, cuando la Manga ofrecía ya 150.000 plazas hoteleras y un puerto con 1.000 amarres. Un puerto que, como Banús en Marbella, tomó su nombre.