May 16, 2020

Carillion Joint Venture wins £490 million contract

Expo 2020 Dubai
Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC)
Theme districts and Public realm works
World Expo development
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Carillion Joint Venture wins £490 million contract
Expo 2020 Dubai has awarded Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC) the contract to deliver the Theme districts and Public realm works at the prestigious World Expo...

Expo 2020 Dubai has awarded Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC) the contract to deliver the Theme districts and Public realm works at the prestigious World Expo site situated in Dubai South.

Expo 2020 Dubai will host around 180 nations and an international audience of millions. Describing the event, Expo 2020 Dubai says: “Expo will provide visitors with the chance to see spectacular architecture, merge with global cultures, examine thoughtful and thought provoking exhibitions, and taste food from every corner of the globe. Above all, visitors to the event will witness the very latest in thinking and technology all in one place and at one time. Expo will be an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience. We are preparing for an event that will enthral and amaze the many millions who visit, providing a sense of wonder at the ability of people, working together, to envisage and achieve a better tomorrow.”

The Carillion Joint Venture have been appointed to construct the bespoke and unique phase of the World Expo development, which consists of 147,000 square metres of single story basements and 98 pavilion buildings of up to storeys high, totalling a gross area of 220,000 square meters, together with 99,000 square meters of external works. The contract, which is worth approximately £490 million, will begin in March 2017 and is scheduled for full completion in mid-2019. 

The Theme districts of Expo 2020 Dubai are being designed to best-in-class quality standards and this development will achieve LEED Gold certification, as well as ensuring that Worker Welfare standards for all involved are exemplary and will set new industry benchmark standards.

In welcoming the award, Carillion Chief Executive Richard Howson commented: “We are delighted to have been selected for this flagship project and to be supporting Expo 2020 Dubai in its ambition to demonstrate to the World, Dubai’s desire to lead economic growth and excellence internationally, in line with the vision of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“This award further enhances our position as a recognised market leader and we continue to see good opportunities coming to market for which our capabilities and reputation for delivering to high standards of quality, safety and reliability are important to customers.  We look forward to continuing the development our close relationship with Expo 2020 Dubai to deliver this important development.”     

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Jun 11, 2021

Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Construction Skills Network says UK industry must fill 216,800 posts by 2025

The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.

Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.

But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.

Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.

"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.

"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."

Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.

According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).

Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.

The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.

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