Singapore issues a new $795mn contract to transform its port
The project wil...
Singapore has issued a $795mn contract to Japanese firm Penta-Ocean Construction and Bachy Soletanche Singapore in a new joint venture.
The project will see the duo develop the second largest port in the world and undertake the development of the 21km North-South corridor, encompassing the construction of a new 1.04km tunnel and transport networks, such as walkways, bus stops and cycle paths, situated between Suffolk Walk and Novena Rise.
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The corridor will aim to fully connect those in the northern Singapore to the city centre, opening doors to further opportunities for local communities and reducing commuting times. It will also become the first corridor to combine pedestrians, cyclists, buses and vehicles.
Expected to complete in 2026, Singapore is the world’s second-biggest port, after Shanghai, according to data from the World Shipping Council. As China has ramped up the capabilities of its ports, Singapore is set to up its game.
Bachy Solentache are renowned in developing some of the most efficient transport links within Singapore, whilst Penta-Ocean Japanese companies are presently responsible for the development of the Mass Rapid Transit line, Thomson-East Coast line in the country.
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.