Skanska signs £253m contract for Norway road project
Skanska, the Swedish multinational construction and development company, has signed a £253 million contract with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to build a motorway between Bærum and Hole municipality in Eastern Norway.
In a statement, Skanska says that the contract for the E16 Bjørum motorway will be included in the Nordic order bookings for Q4 2020. It adds that the aim of the project is to replace the current winding and narrow road with a modern four-lane motorway, which will significantly improve safety and accessibility for travellers on what is an important exit and transport route in Eastern Norway.
Following the signing, the project will enter a collaboration phase between Skanska, with partners, and the client, the statement said. Construction work is scheduled to begin in February 2021, with scope of work including four tunnels and eight bridges.
The 8.4kms road will involve the movement of three million cubic metres of different masses. In order to ensure enough protection of external environment aspects throughout the project, Skanska will certify E16 Bjørum – Skaret according to CEEQUAL, which is an internationally recognised certification standard for infrastructure.
The company’s winning bid was achieved in cooperation with consulting firm Aas-Jakobsen. It was lower than bids from competitors Implenia/Multiconsult and AF Gruppen/Norconsult.
The four-lane motorway is part of Norway’s National Transport Plan 2018-2029, and completion is expected by summer 2025. The existing E16 road will remain as a local road, with additional cycling and walking paths constructed.
The new roadworks are part of a larger plan – the E16 Sandvika-to-Skaret-to-Høgkastet – that aims to develop a faster and more predictable travel time connection between Oslo and Øvre Buskerud, Vest-Oppland and Vestlandet.
The overall E16 project is divided into four sections:
- The Sandvika-Wøyen section was started in 2015 and opened to traffic in 2019.
- The local road system around Sandvika (the Sandvika ring) will be completed in the summer of 2021.
- The Wøyen-Bjørum section has been completed as a four-lane motorway and was opened in 2009.
- The section from Skaret to Høgkastet has been approved and is in the planning stage.
Skanska is one of the leading development- and construction companies in the Nordics, with operations in building construction and civil engineering in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and developing residential- and commercial property projects in select home markets. The commercial development stream is also active in Denmark.
Skanska had sales of about £6.12 billion and more than 15,200 employees in its Nordic operations during 2019.
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.”