News update

New contracts and current projects 2011


Immediate boarding at Gatwick

The new security zone at the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport, in the UK, created by the Air division of VINCI Construction UK, was inaugurated on 11 October last.

The new installations enable passenger waiting time to be reduced by some 25%, thanks, notably, to new technical tools (automated access following scanning of a boarding card, etc.). Providing for 19 queues (of which two devoted to families accompanied by young children and to people with reduced mobility; and a further two to business travellers), this new security zone is able to process 5,000 passengers an hour.
Total value of the works: £45m (€53m).

Construction of HV lines

The MSVE Transmission joint venture, formed by VINCI Energies United Kingdom, Omexom Nîmes (respectively of the International and VINCI Energies France divisions, Energy business line) and Morgan Sindall, has been selected to implement the national programme for the construction of high-voltage power lines.

This project involves the design, construction and maintenance of energy transmission structures. It represents a volume of business potentially worth £50m (€58m) a year for the next five years. It includes considerable refurbishment work and the construction of new, 400 kV overhead lines and pylons in England and Wales.


Homes and businesses

VINCI Construction UK has won the contract for a new, mixeduse development project headed by SpenHill Regeneration, in partnership with the Borough of Lambeth, in the Streatham area of London. The project will notably involve building a new leisure centre (comprising an ice rink, a swimming pool, a sports hall and a fitness centre), a 6,000 sq. metre Tesco hypermarket and a residential complex (250 housing units, a mix of private or shared ownership and affordable-rent homes, with underground parking). Contract value: approximately £80m (€90m).

Refurbishing schools

In June, having successfully organised the financing – £50m (€56m) – of the project, the consortium comprising Galliford Try, VINCI Construction UK and Hochtief PPP Solutions began redeveloping two schools, located in Runcorn and in Widnes, in Cheshire.

The works side of this PPP is being undertaken by Galliford Try and VINCI Construction UK. It involves, at the first school, creating a crèche, a primary school, a junior school and a high school. At the second school, the companies are charged with the construction of a 500-seat auditorium, six sports halls, and classrooms. Only the historic main façade of one of the buildings will be retained in the course of the works. These two operations form part of the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme.


Handover of Lee Tunnel TBM

On 4 May, at the Herrenknecht plant in Germany, the MVB consortium composed of Morgan Sindall (50%), VINCI Construction Grands Projets (30%) and Bachy Soletanche (20%), a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet (VINCI Construction) took delivery of the pressurised-mud tunnel boring machine that will bore the Lee Tunnel. 120 metres long and with a cutting head 8.85 metres in diameter, this machine will now be dismantled and transported to east London (UK), where it will embark on its task in January 2012.

Undertaken on behalf of Thames Water, the Lee Tunnel project concerns the construction of a 7 km-long tunnel for rainwater and wastewater that, by capturing it at source, will reduce by half the 32 million cu. metres of polluted water discharged yearly into the Thames. The project also includes the creation of four very large shafts, and supplying and installing the equipment and control systems required to manage the effluent and to lift it more than 80 metres.


New school in Sheffield

VINCI Construction UK has won the contract to build a new school in Worrall, in the sub­urbs of Sheffield (Yorkshire). The project calls for the construction, on the Bradfield School site, of a building provid­ing a surface area of 8,600 sq. metres, spread across several levels, and the demolition of the present building (dating from 1959), which will remain open during the works.
Worth £22m (€25m), the works began early in April. Handover is scheduled for the start of the 2013-14 school year.


First shaft for the Lee Tunnel

On 10 February, 4 months after the start of the works, the MVB consortium, composed of Morgan Sindall, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche, a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet (VINCI Construction), completed the last panel of diaphragm wall of the first of the Lee Tunnel project’s 4 shafts. 90 metres deep and approximately 20 metres in diameter, this shaft will serve as the point of departure for the TBM (diameter: 8.88 m) which, starting early in 2012, will drive the 7 km-long tunnel that will collect the rainwater and wastewater of East London.
Total value of the project: €476m.