4 companies selected in £96 million Lincoln Eastern Bypass bid
Four local businesses have been shortlisted in the 7.5km Lincoln Eastern Bypass bid which will link the A158 Wragby Road with the A15 Sleaford Road in a £96 million project. The project will run for two years, commencing at the end of 2016. The bypass will reduce congestion and improve the flow of traffic by diverting traffic from the city centre.
Hochtief UK and Carillion Construction have been selected through a tender process, alongside joint entries from John Sisk/Laga, and John Graham/Graham Farrans. Councillor Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council's executive member for highways and transport, said: "the eastern bypass will provide a fantastic boost for the local economy as it creates work for local construction and land-work companies.” Any local businesses interested in supporting the subcontracting work to be undertaken re to contact the four contracted businesses directly. The project is estimated to open up 30,000 jobs, with many businesses putting their bids forward.
The bypass has been a subject of conversation for residents in Lincoln for over 90 years. Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said: "After over 90 years of asking, I am delighted that this vital road link, benefitting the people and businesses of both the city and the whole county, will now finally become a reality.”
However, not all residents were happy with the project being undertaken, as residents from Fiskerton, Reepham and Cherry Willingham will have to find an alternate route to the city once the bypass is built. The Hawthorn Road Action group recently released a statement on its website: “Unfortunately Hawthorn Road will close in 2017. Needless to say after so much hard work we are very disappointed”, as Bunkers Hill will no longer be reached through Hawthorn Road as a result of the construction works.
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Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project
Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.
Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.
1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.
Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.
Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.
The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.
The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.
The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.
Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."
“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”