May 16, 2020

Successful projects by AECOM

2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games
One World Trade Center
Catherine Sturman
4 min
Lower Manhattan skyscrapers and One World Trade Center, New York City
With recent news that AECOM has become Owners Engineer of a Wind Farm within North Queensland, Australia alongside Vestas and Downer Group, we look at s...

With recent news that AECOM has become Owner’s Engineer of a Wind Farm within North Queensland, Australia alongside Vestas and Downer Group, we look at some of the successful, iconic projects AECOM have been involved with, providing construction, design and engineering expertise to deliver on key projects.

1. 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, Brazil

AECOM was against stiff competition to design the Olympic and Paralympic Games within Brazil for 2016. With a key focus on transportation, infrastructure, public spaces to incorporate the thousands of attendees, it is hoped that facilities will be utilised in future.

Set against 120 hectares, the completed designs will allow for the park to become a new haven upon the games completion, with a long standing vision to increase the number of jobs, homes and appeal to the area, with an emphasis on sport and sustainability.

2. One World Trade Center, America

Winning a multitude of awards, AECOM’s Tishman Construction Company was successfully behind the pre-construction and construction management of the One World Trade Centre in New York.

The 1,776ft structure is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and encountered no incidents within the build’s construction in a successful collaboration with subcontractors, engineers and architects involved in the project.

3. Crossrail, London

Crossrail is the largest construction project currently undertaken with Europe, at which AECOM are working in a consortium alongside The Nichols Group and CH2M Hill.

The company will deliver key strategic planning and directives involving procurement, management services and project management in the £14.8 billion project, which is set to be completed in 2018.

The project will strengthen London’s infrastructure and transportation services amidst a growing population. The links will successfully connect over a million new citizens to the city, at which the trains will have the capacity for over 1,000 passengers. The move will also therefore develop London’s economy and create more employment opportunities.

4. Colombo South Container Terminal, Sri Lanka 

AECOM were appointed at Consulting Engineer in a successful collaboration with Aitken Spencer of Sri Lanka and China Merchants of Hong Kong in order to deliver on engineering, design and construction of the Colombo South Container Terminal.

The project contains a 1,200-metre-long container quay, with a focus on constructing deeper berths to allow large ships to enter the area and unload and/or transfer cargo efficiently.  

5. Singapore Sports Hub

AECOM are part of the successful design team which are behind the construction and build of

Asia’s first integrated entertainment, leisure and sport destination as part of Singapore’s vision 2030.

Incorporating sustainable sources into the design, such as rainwater harvesting, alongside renewable energy sources, the project is in line with Singapore’s aim to become a ‘city within a garden.’

Designs include a new national stadium, aquatic centre, museum, places to partake in sport and recreational activities, in addition to providing retail and restaurant areas. The designs will also link with the various efficient transport links within the area.

6.Taizhou Bridge, China

The Taizhou Bridge is an iconic build within China, with the tallest central pylon situated within its construction at 200 metres.

The bridge was built to accommodate six lanes and links several cities in order to cater for China’s growing population and developing economy.

AECOM was appointed as Design Consultant and runs across the longest river within Asia.

7.Etihad Towers, UAE

Designed by DBI Design, the Etihad Towers is situated within Abu Dhabi, incorporating over 70 floors, with an array of amenities within its construction.

AECOM’s design and construction team supported the build’s development, at which the Etihad Towers have since been the subject of several awards.

8. Asia Square Tower 1 & 2, Singapore

Situated in the Marina Bay Business and Finance Centre, Asia Square Tower 1& 2 is one of the most energy-efficient commercial builds in the region.

AECOM provided engineering and consultancy services for the two towers, which contain the largest solar panel installation on the roof, sky and roof gardens and open spaces.

The builds have won several awards, such as the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum CS (core & shell) Award in Singapore for Tower 1 and precertification for Tower 2 and the Building Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum 2009.

9. Chau Chak Wing Building, Australia

Renowned as one of the most iconic builds within Australia, the Chau Chak Wing Building, situated at the University of Technology, Sydney is unusual with its curved shape which has been claimed to resemble a ‘brown paper bag.’

Designed by Architect Frank Gehry, AECOM are responsible for constructing a unique system to ensure the bricks remain in place through a distinct engineering system not previously used anywhere else in the world.

AECOM have also ensured the building is sustainable through the utilisation of a sensory system to ensure the smooth running of the individual air conditioning units for each area.

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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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