May 16, 2020

Lendlease wins contract for £350mn Commonwealth Games’ village in Birmingham

Lendlease
Commonwealth games
UK
Birmingham
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Lendlease to develop Birmingham City University into Commonwealth Games athletes' village by 2022
The Sydney-headquartered construction company, Lendlease, has been selected as the contractor to develop the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes’ village...

The Sydney-headquartered construction company, Lendlease, has been selected as the contractor to develop the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes’ village.

The £350mn (US$446mn) project, dubbed the Perry Barr regeneration development, will be located in Birmingham, UK.

The company were selected as the main contractor to transform the former Birmingham City University site by Birmingham City Council.

The village is set to accommodate approximately 6,500 athletes and officials during the game, and will be used to create 1,400 new homes in the city following the event.

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“I’m pleased to welcome them to the team and I have every confidence that they will work well with us to deliver a development that will be used for the Commonwealth Games Village that we can all be proud of in 2022 and beyond.”

Lendlease chief executive for Europe Dan Labbad said: “The city of Birmingham has an exciting future that will further its global recognition and increase its influence on culture and industry across the UK.

“It’s great to be part of this growth and we look forward to working with Birmingham City Council to create a place that will positively benefit local people and visitors while creating more jobs, more homes and a legacy that surpasses this historic event.”

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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Skanska
offices
Sustainability
Drones
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

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.”

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