New contracts and current projects 2012
New visitor centre for Stonehenge
VINCI Construction UK has won the contract for the construction of a new centre for those visiting the archaeological site of Stonehenge (Wiltshire), and for the creation of a low-key transit system that will link this centre to the site, located 2.5 km away. The centre will house an exhibition and education facilities.
Contract value: about €15m.
Homes and commercial premises in Cambridge
VINCI Construction UK has been awarded the design-build contract for a residential/commercial complex in Cambridge. Designed by architects Frank Shaw Associates, this complex will comprise 134 flats and numerous commercial units.
Contract value: £22m (€27.5m).
Hospital in Kent
VINCI Construction UK has been appointed to build a new hospital complex near Newnham Court, in the county of Kent. Undertaken on behalf of the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery, the works comprise the construction of the buildings as well as landscaping and the access roads to the site. They started in April 2012, with handover scheduled for early 2014.
Contract value: €54m.
Crossrail: new contract for construction of Whitechapel station
As part of the creation of the Crossrail rail link, which will cross London from east to west in 2018, the BBMV consortium, notably comprising VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK and Bachy Soletanche Ltd, a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet (all VINCI Construction subsidiaries), has won the contract for the construction, on a general contracting basis, of the Whitechapel station. BBMV has been charged with partially demolishing the existing station, and the construction of the new station and a ticket-sales area. The contract also includes the construction of the shafts, internal structures, a footbridge and the platforms for the tunnels, as well as the associated electromechanical and architectural works packages.
Worth €135m, the works started in February 2012 and will take six years to complete.
Renovating the William Morris Gallery
The London Borough of Waltham Forest has entrusted VINCI Construction UK with the restoration and redevelopment of the William Morris Gallery, a listed building. Apart from completely refurbishing the existing, 18th century building, the project calls for the construction of an extension, providing visitor reception and additional exhibition space.
Contract value: €3m.
“Busy Lizzie” in start position
On 16 December 2011, in London, the TBM Busy Lizzie was lowered into position at the bottom of the launch shaft, from where, in February 2012, she will start driving the Lee Tunnel. Using one of the most powerful cranes in Europe, it took just four hours to lower the machine, weighing 800 t, to a depth of 80 m. Undertaken on behalf of Thames Water, the project involves creating a 7 km-long tunnel, which will make it possible to reduce by 16 million cubic metres the volume of wastewater and rainwater discharged annually, untreated, into the Thames. The project is being implemented by the MVB consortium, composed of Morgan Sindall, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche, a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet (VINCI Construction), and also calls for the creation of four huge shafts, the diaphragm walls of which have just been completed. Worth €476m, the works began in 2010. They will take 5 years to complete.