Bouygues Construction subsidiaries win £63.7m construction contract for two Strasbourg Hospitals
Two Bouygues Construction subsidiaries, Pertuy Construction and Norpac, recently joined together and signed a contract worth more than £63.7 million for the construction of two buildings at Hautepierre Hospital, in Strasbourg. The new buildings will house a regional cancer institute and a medico-technical and locomotor facility.
The project has been developed by the Groupe 6 architectural and town-planning agency and the INGEROP design and engineering firm. It consists of the simultaneous construction of two buildings, which will be connected to each other and to an existing structure via underground passages and pedestrian bridges.
Pertuy Construction is the authorised representative of the group, and will be in charge of the main part of the project, including structural work, walls and covering, drywall and finishing work, along with several roadways and infrastructural networks.
Preparation of the worksite is due to begin in early July 2014. The construction project will take 42 months, involve 300,000 million work hours and call for the involvement of 120 workers at peak periods.
The regional cancer institute will have a surface area of around 30,000 m2, spread over eight floors. It will house, specifically, a radiotherapy unit equipped with seven bunkers for particle accelerators, a nuclear medicine unit, a 122-bed conventional hospital block, a 38-bed specialist hospital unit, an area for external consultants, oncology and haematology day hospitals (accommodating up to 72 patients), as well as offices and service facilities supporting the various units.
The medico-technical and locomotor facility will cover an area of some 41,000 m2, over 11 floors. In addition to an arrivals area and logistical platform, it will also house a central sterilisation unit, a 164-seat lecture theatre complete with conference rooms, an area for external consultations in disciplines not covered at the facility, and an extension of the site's imaging unit.
There will be two surgical units with 15 and 17 theatres respectively, a day-surgery hospital for up to 30 patients, a continuous monitoring unit with 16 beds, six conventional hospital units, each with 28 beds, as well as associated offices and support services throughout.
Bouygues Construction has positioned itself as a major player in the construction of healthcare facilities both within France and internationally, with the capacity to act at all project levels (financing, design and construction, technical works, operation/maintenance) and under different forms of contract.
Bouygues Construction is currently involved in the construction of the Belfort-Montbéliard Hospital and a new regional hospital in Orléans, to name but two projects of this kind. The company also built and oversees the operation of several hospitals in the UK (North, Central, West Middlesex, and Broomfield) in addition to Surrey Hospital in Canada.
China starts building underground lab for high level waste
China has begun constructing its first underground research laboratory in the Gobi Desert - following more than 35 years of research - to determine its suitability for storing future high level radioactive waste.
As part of the support from the International Atomic Energy Agency, 35 Chinese and 11 international experts took part in a six-week virtual expert mission earlier this year to provide input, guidance and recommendations to support plans for the in-situ laboratory.
“The safe disposal of high level radioactive waste is one of the critical missions for the sustainable development of China’s nuclear industry,” said Liang Chen, Vice President of the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology (BRIUG), which is constructing the underground research laboratory.
China has been working on identifying a suitable site for a HLW repository since 1985, and since 1999 those efforts have been supported by the IAEA.
The country’s strategy for HLW disposal consists of three stages, with stage one – laboratory studies and preliminary site selection – completed in 2020. The second stage, underground in-situ testing, is set to take place from 2021 to 2050, following the construction of the underground research laboratory. The final stage – the construction of the disposal facility – is planned to take place from 2041 to 2050, assuming the in-situ testing confirms the area’s suitability.
High-level radioactive waste can remain radioactive from thousands to hundreds of thousands of years. The internationally accepted solution for its safe and secure long term management is geological disposal in a facility several hundred metres underground. A geological disposal facility is under construction in Finland. (Watch the video Onkalo – A Solution for Nuclear Waste for more details).
“The construction of an underground research laboratory is an opportunity for advancement in the science and engineering of geological disposal facilities and an essential component in a sustainable energy future for countries,” said Stefan Joerg Mayer, Head of the Disposal Team at the IAEA. “Despite the constraints of the pandemic, we were able to design, organize and lead an innovative virtual mission to provide expert assistance to China in the construction of this new R&D facility.”
BRUIG requested the IAEA to provide support on characterisation of the rock mass, as well as scientific research, prior to construction.
The broad range of areas covered resulted in recommendations related to construction, but also guidance related to the implementation of its laboratory R&D plans during the construction phase.
“This virtual Expert Mission was very timely as construction of the underground laboratory began this summer and it provided critical support to this effort,” said Chen. “It has made a great contribution in promoting the sustainable development of China's nuclear industry.”
Nuclear power, as well as hydro power and other renewable energy sources, could collectively replace coal as China’s primary sources of power.
China could have an installed nuclear capacity of 182 gigawatts by 2030, an increase of 74 gigawatts over the policy scenario’s goal, according to McKinsey.
China manufactures 70 percent of the equipment necessary for nuclear plants, and the cost for this equipment has been falling. If the country develops nuclear power to the fullest extent, by 2030 carbon emissions could fall by 470 million tons, at a cost of €3 per ton.