Acciona-led Consortium wins Santiago de Chile Metro work
Metro de Santiago has awarded a contract worth €77 million for the construction of the first sections of the new Line 3 of the Santiago de Chile Metro to a consortium headed by Acciona, also including Chilean companies Brotec and Icafal.
The contract includes construction of 6.7 km of tunnels and accesses to installations for the stations of Cola de Maniobras, Estación Terminal Norte, Estación Cardenal Caro, Vivaceta, Conchalí and Plaza Chacabuco.
The project's completion is planned for the end of next year and it will create over 1,600 jobs at times of peak activity, with an average of more than 900 people employed during the works.
Line 3 has a total length of 22 kilometers and crosses the historic center of the Chilean capital. It has 18 stations and will serve over 660,000 people.
Acciona said its experience and track record in building Metro networks and tunnels in complex environments, both from the engineering and the environmental and social points of view, has landed it the work.
The Spanish company has played a major role in the development of the Metro networks in Madrid, San Juan de Puerto Rico and Medellin. It is currently working on the construction of the first phase of the line 1 of the Quito Metro (Ecuador) and the East Line in Fortaleza (Brazil).
Major tunneling work it has carried out includes the underground routing of the M-30 ring motorway in Madrid and the Legacy Way tunnel in Australia, both located inside cities, the tunnel for the particle accelerator of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) between France and Switzerland and the high-speed train accesses in Bologna (Italy).
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19
According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.