News update

New contracts and current projects 2010


IHP to expand The Royal Oldham Hospital

For the fourth time, Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the joint venture formed by VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has been awarded a contract by the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. This latest contract is for the third phase of the programme to extend The Royal Oldham Hospital, Manchester.

Worth £32.8m (€38m), the project calls for the creation of a maternity and neonatal unit. It will involve the construction of a new, 11,500 sq. metre building, and refurbishing a further 2,700 sq. metres.
The works began in mid-November and are due for completion in December 2012.


Launch of the Lee Tunnel works

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Lee Tunnel project took place on 30 September 2010. This project is being undertaken on behalf of Thames Water by VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Soletanche Freyssinet subsidiary Bachy Soletanche Ltd (VINCI Construction), in a 50/50 joint venture with Morgan Sindall. It concerns the design-build construction, to the east of London, of a 7 km-long main drain (diameter: 7.2 m) to collect rainwater and wastewater.

Located at a depth of between 55 and 75 metres, this structure will enable the quantity of polluted water discharged yearly into the Thames to be halved. The project also calls for the creation of 4 very large shafts, as well as supplying and installing the equipment and automatic controls required to manage the effluent and raise it a distance of more than 80 metres.
Total value of the works: £417m (€481m).


Waste treatment plant

At Padworth Sidings, west of London, VINCI Construction UK is to build a waste recycling plant for Veolia Environmental Services. Scheduled for handover in the autumn of 2011, the new facility will be able to process nearly 80,000 t of household waste each year.
Contract value: €36m.


VINCI Construction UK in Cardiff: action!

Having completed the preparatory works, on 24 June, in Cardiff, VINCI Construction UK began building the new studios for the filming of BBC Wales television series. The construction of this building (surface area: almost 16,000 sq. metres) forms part of the channel’s plan to double its production capacity in Wales by 2016.
Worth €22m, the project is due for completion in the summer of 2011.


Inauguration of the Clackmannanshire Bridge

Now officially named the Clackmannanshire Bridge, after the nearby district of Clackmannanshire, the new crossing over the River Forth at Kincardine, in Scotland, was inaugurated by the Scottish First Minister and opened to traffic on 19 November. This incrementally launched bridge, 1,200 metres long, took 29 months to complete; it provides a link between two major roads, to the north and south of the River Forth, and facilitates access to the town of Kincardine, located 40 km to the north-west of Edinburgh. It was built within the framework of a €145m design-build contract awarded to VINCI Construction Grands Projets, in a 50/50 joint venture with Morgan Est, by the Scottish Executive, the executive arm of government in Scotland. Apart from VINCI Construction Grands Projets, a number of other Group companies worked on this project, which also included 2-km access roads on either side of the bridge: Freyssinet (VINCI Construction) and its subsidiary Ménard, Bachy Soletanche, a subsidiary of Solétanche Bachy (VINCI Construction), and Bear Scotland, a subsidiary of Ringway (Eurovia).


Hospital design, construction and maintenance

In Merseyside, VINCI Construction UK is continuing its implementation of the design-build contract for the extension and rehabilitation of Whiston Hospital. Having completed the construction of a 75,000 sq. metre building, in collaboration with Freyssinet Ltd, a Soletanche Freyssinet subsidiary (VINCI Construction), for the prestressed concrete, the company is now preparing to launch phases 2 and 3 of the project, i.e. the rehabilitation of 12,000 sq. metres of the old hospital complex and the external works. Meanwhile, VINCI Facilities, a subsidiary of VINCI Construction UK, has already embarked on its task of maintaining the hospital premises, undertaken within the framework of a 40-year PFI contract (private finance initiative), a British form of public-private partnership. Value: almost £200m (€234m) for the first contract and more than £220m (€257m) for the second contract.


Accommodation on Treforest campus

As part of the University of Glamorgan’s renovation programme, VINCI Construction UK has been awarded the construction of five buildings on the Treforest campus (Wales). Providing 476 residential units for students, these new facilities will replace two existing halls of residence (Neuadd Philip Evans and Neuadd Philip Squire), which will be demolished. Contract value: £14.3m (€15.7m).

Green light for London Gateway Port

DEME, a subsidiary of CFE (VINCI Construction), in a joint venture with Laing O’Rourke, began work in March, on the Thames 50 km to the east of London, on the London Gateway Port, set to be one of the biggest container terminals in Europe. The company will be responsible for 29 million cu. metres of dredging works, deepening the Thames along the 100 km between this infrastructure and the river mouth, and for the backfilling works required to create the 1,300 m-long dock. Laing O’Rourke has entrusted the creation of the diaphragm wall to Bachy Soletanche, a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet (VINCI Construction). Undertaken on behalf of operator DP World, this project is due for completion in late 2014. The contract, valued at €442m, was signed in 2008.


Health centre for St Catherine’s

In Birkenhead, in the north-west of England, Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has secured a £32m (€36m) contract for a new health centre at St Catherine’s Hospital.
With a surface area of 11,100 sq. metres, this new, four-storey facility will replace a complex of workshop and sanatorium buildings dating from the 19th century. It will offer a range of new services (physiotherapy, mental health, chiropody, audiology, etc.), supplementing the services provided by the two GP surgeries already available to the local community.


Back to school!

In Liverpool (UK), VINCI Construction UK has been charged with extending the King David campus. This operation forms part of the BSSS project (Building Schools, Skills, Success) – itself an emanation of the nationwide BSF programme (Building Schools for the Future) – which aims to rebuild or totally refurbish the city’s schools. It involves designing and building 9,000 sq. metres of additional facilities (classrooms, entrance hall, sports hall), notably for the benefit of the establishment’s nursery, primary and secondary schools.Contract value: £25m (€28m).