May 16, 2020

Carillion Igloo Genesis Consortium to Build Floating Village in London

Carillion Igloo Genesis
Buro Happold
uk construction
2 min
Royal Victoria Docks Model, dRMM
The Carillion Igloo Genesis consortium has won the competition to design and build Britains first floating village at Londons Royal Docks.The team, also...

The Carillion Igloo Genesis consortium has won the competition to design and build Britain’s first floating village at London’s Royal Docks.

The team, also including architects dRMM and engineers Buro Happold, will transform 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Dock site into a community with floating homes, restaurants, shops, leisure and office space, cafes and bars.

The 100 percent floating village will include 50 residential homes, and a blue water square, framed by a market square and a floating corniche.

The team will use a custom-build approach for each home, allowing prospective occupiers to be part of the design process.

Carillion Igloo Genesis Director, Chris Brown, said: “Living in a floating home you've helped to design is a dream lots of us have. By combining the floating home experience of our Dutch collaborators with our custom built business we hope to make these dreams come true in Royal Victoria Dock for a few lucky Londoners.

“East London's place on the tourist trail is growing fast. It's about to be joined by Europe’s largest floating village, with floating markets, creative workspace, events and water sports.”

The project follows similar successful schemes at ljburg on the outskirts of Amsterdam and Hafen City in Hamburg, and will use the same concrete foundations as the former.

Walkways, residential and non-residential units will be anchored in place using a series of piles located within the dock and connected to the dock by bridges.

Construction of the homes including their bases will be carried out off-site, before they are transported by water to the site.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This site has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London’s waterways.

“Carillion Igloo Genesis’ scheme will create a unique mixed use development providing a range of commercial activities within a high quality water environment for Londoners and visitors, creating jobs and raising the profile of London’s Royal Docks.”

dRMM sought to create “a floating part of London” as opposed to an isolated village creating an attractive destination as well as a socially sustainable community that can accommodate future change and growth.

A planning application will be submitted to Newham Council in Spring 2015.

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Jun 15, 2021

Skanska secures $84m Portland Airport upgrade contract

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska Hoffman joint venture wins Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure

A Skanska Hoffman Construction Company joint venture has signed a contract amendment with the Port of Portland for improvements to the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Skanska's share of the contract amendment is worth US$84M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter.

The amendment includes work on the Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure. Construction is underway and scheduled for completion by 2025.

With annual travelers expected to climb to 33 million by 2045, the Terminal Core Redevelopment project is a vital expansion that ensures PDX will be able to serve the community well into the future.

Hoffman will install a new 9-acre large-span roofing system over the entire terminal core complex, build a 150-foot multi-floor addition between Concourses C and D, and add new pre- and post-security concessions.

The renovated passenger entry terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens in 2025. It is also replacing 16 old passenger boarding bridges plus equipment throughout the PDX concourses. Gate count is critical for PDX operation, so the team must coordinate with each airline to replace one bridge at a time. In addition, Hoffman is rebuilding and enlarging Concourse B. The project is targeting LEED Gold. 

Skanska USA recorded sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 and has about 7,600 employees in its operations.

In other recent developments:

  • Skanska has sold an elderly care home in Sollentuna outside Stockholm, for about SEK280M, to Altura and lease agreements have previously been signed with Nytida and Vardaga. 
  • The group has also divested a residential project consisting of rental apartments, senior apartments and a home for people with special needs in Malmö, to Bantorget Hyresbostäder for SEK300M.
  • Skanska has joined the climate initiative Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) that gathers countries and leading companies committed to action to achieve the Paris Agreement.
  • Skanska has, through Cementation Skanska, signed a contract with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture for major piling works for the London Tunnels section on the HS2 high speed railway.

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