China’s CSSC begins shipyard project on Changxing Island
China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC), the state-backed manufacturer of frigates and amphibious assault and landing ships, has begun construction of an advanced new shipyard which will boost China’s technical efficiency.
According to a statement released on WeChat, the commencement ceremony for the construction of the second phase of the Changxing Shipbuilding Base Project under CSSC was held on Changxing Island, marking the start of construction of the new shipyard for CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd.
The statement adds that the first phase of the shipyard construction will be completed by the end of 2023, covering an area of 2.15sq kms out of a total of 4.32sq kms.
The first phase will include a research and development building, joint hull workshop, curved section assembly workshop, module centre for outfitting, painting workshop, an indoor and outdoor dockyard, dock basin, and a dock for outfitting, providing enough production capacity for six specialist ships a year.
The new shipyard will be equipped with a modern assembly shipbuilding mode with advanced production concepts to ensure a high quality of products and raise production safety. Intelligent design, automated production, big-data management, and other technologies will be applied.
CSSC will eventually move into the new shipyard entirely and plans to invest $2.8 billion into the development of the new shipbuilding facility.
Speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony, officials highlighted the strategic cooperation between CSSC and Shanghai Municipal Government, which aims to promote the optimisation of shipbuilding enterprises, with the goal being to transform Changxing Island into a centre of green shipbuilding technology, with intelligent production lines and a world-class integrated assembly, system modules and production facility.
Another one of CSSC’s shipyards – the Jiangnan Shipyard – was relocated to the island in 2008.
China finalised the merger of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and the China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) in 2019 to create a massive state-owned shipbuilding group.
In an announcement at the time, the Chinese government said that the new entity would become the world’s largest shipbuilder by sales and backlog, with a 20 percent share of the global market, $110 billon in assets, and more than 300,000 employees.
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.”