Mumbai-based Larsen & Toubro Details Recent Contract Awards worth 1832 Crores
Larsen & Toubro Construction has won new orders worth 1832 crores from across various business segments in July and August 2014.
Buildings & Factories Business:
The Buildings & Factories business has won orders worth 1008 crores. A turnkey order was received from a private developer for residential towers at Kolkata, for which L&T will construct five towers of up to 29 floors, a club house and other amenities involving all civil, finishing, electrical, plumbing, firefighting, landscaping and allied work.
Another order is for the construction of a 246m, 60-storey residential tower for a major residential developer in Mumbai. Additional orders have also been received from various ongoing jobs of the business.
Power Transmission & Distribution Business:
The Power Transmission and Distribution business has bagged orders worth 624 crores from the international market, with a key example won by subsidiary L&T Oman LLC from Oman Electricity Transmission Corporation for engineering, procurement and construction of a new 400/220 kV grid substation at Misfah.
The contract includes supply and erection of 400 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear, 500 MVA transformer, control relay panels, substation control systems and all associated civil work.
In Saudi Arabia, the Company has received an order from an EPC major for the design, fabrication, galvanisation, type-testing and supply of 380 kV level lattice type transmission line towers along with associated tower parts and accessories. The towers will be manufactured and exported from L&T’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Puducherry.
Additional orders worth 200 crores have also been received from various ongoing jobs in the Heavy Civil Infrastructure Business.
China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.