Jun 7, 2021

Mace appoints Country Director for its UAE operations

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UK-based global construction firm Mace appoints Stephen Venney as Country Director for its projects in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mace, a global construction firm based in the UK, has appointed a Country Director for its projects in the United Arab Emirates. Stephen Venney, who joined the company in 2016 after leading other projects for contractors in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, takes on the role amid signs of improvement and recovery in the country’s construction sector.

Talking about his new role, Stephen Venney said: “I will lead the team in contributing to the UAE’s grand vision for a sustainable future and focus on innovation, through the successful delivery of complex projects and programmes.”

What UAE-based projects has Venney led before joining Mace?

Stephen Venney, a UAE construction veteran for 17 years, has previously led Mace’s project management of Dubai’s Za’abeel high-rise mixed-use scheme, which included a 225-metre-long cantilevered bridge called The Link. 

In addition, Mace is currently working on projects such as the Dubai Opera District, Expo 2020 Dubai, the construction of the Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi, and Stella Maris, a 53-story residential building located in the Dubai Marina. 

Dubai’s construction sector has recently shown signs of recovery, with analyst GlobalData reporting that government-controlled developers in the city are planning new projects in response to prices “buoyed up by the UAE’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”. The company hinted that this could mean larger infrastructure projects are to come in the near future if the recovery continues. 

Mark A Taylor, Managing Director for Mace in the Middle Esat and North Africa believes Venney is a good fit for the role, saying: “Stephen has been with Mace for just over five years and his experience tackling some of the region’s most complex and challenging projects and programmes, together with his technical background, will support Mace in redefining, adapting and innovating how projects are delivered in the future”.


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Jun 15, 2021

Skanska secures $84m Portland Airport upgrade contract

Dominic Ellis
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Skanska Hoffman joint venture wins Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure

A Skanska Hoffman Construction Company joint venture has signed a contract amendment with the Port of Portland for improvements to the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Skanska's share of the contract amendment is worth US$84M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter.

The amendment includes work on the Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure. Construction is underway and scheduled for completion by 2025.

With annual travelers expected to climb to 33 million by 2045, the Terminal Core Redevelopment project is a vital expansion that ensures PDX will be able to serve the community well into the future.

Hoffman will install a new 9-acre large-span roofing system over the entire terminal core complex, build a 150-foot multi-floor addition between Concourses C and D, and add new pre- and post-security concessions.

The renovated passenger entry terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens in 2025. It is also replacing 16 old passenger boarding bridges plus equipment throughout the PDX concourses. Gate count is critical for PDX operation, so the team must coordinate with each airline to replace one bridge at a time. In addition, Hoffman is rebuilding and enlarging Concourse B. The project is targeting LEED Gold. 

Skanska USA recorded sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 and has about 7,600 employees in its operations.

In other recent developments:

  • Skanska has sold an elderly care home in Sollentuna outside Stockholm, for about SEK280M, to Altura and lease agreements have previously been signed with Nytida and Vardaga. 
  • The group has also divested a residential project consisting of rental apartments, senior apartments and a home for people with special needs in Malmö, to Bantorget Hyresbostäder for SEK300M.
  • Skanska has joined the climate initiative Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) that gathers countries and leading companies committed to action to achieve the Paris Agreement.
  • Skanska has, through Cementation Skanska, signed a contract with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture for major piling works for the London Tunnels section on the HS2 high speed railway.

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