New contracts and current projects 2014
South West Highways Alliance framework agreement
Eurovia Specialist Treatments (EST) will be one of four firms charged with delivering specialist treatments and applying surface dressing and micro-surfacing under the terms of a framework agreement involving 13 highway authorities in South-West England, including those in Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon. This four-year contract began in the fourth quarter of 2014. The works will be allocated to the companies offering the best quality/price ratio within the framework of a restricted competitive tendering process.
Construction of the Shieldhall tunnel in Glasgow
VINCI Construction Grands Projets, in a 50/50 joint venture with Costain, is to build the Shieldhall tunnel in Glasgow for Scottish Water, the publicly owned water company in Scotland. The structure, the largest wastewater storage tunnel in Scotland, is designed to improve water quality and help combat the risk of flooding in the city and pollution of the River Clyde. Valued at €105 million, the contract covers the construction of two shafts (diameter: 15 m; depth: 20 m), a 300 m-long cut-and-cover tunnel and a 5 km tunnel with an internal diameter of 4.70 m. The technique used will be that of a mud pressure type tunnel boring machine, one of the company's areas of expertise.
The works start in October 2014, with handover scheduled for early 2018.
Diagnosing vibration impact
The Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is a new incinerator developed by Veolia Environnement and located in the south of the country. Hochtief, in charge of its design and construction, tasked Soldata Acoustic UK (Soletanche Freyssinet/VINCI Construction) with assessing and quantifying the impact of vibration caused by certain equipment (vibrating tables) on the stability of the structure. The measurements carried out made it possible to study the transmission of vibration between the different elements of the structure, to evaluate the effectiveness of the damping systems already in place and predict possible harmful consequences.
Construction and maintenance of a health campus
Amber Solutions for Care (ASC) has appointed VINCI Construction UK to build, and maintain for twenty-five years, a health campus in Henley-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire. The project, extending over a 2.36 hectare site, comprises a community hospital, a care home (64 beds) and residential accommodation for 44 older people. The existing healthcare facility will continue functioning during the works, which started in April 2014.
Contract value: £16m.
Maintenance and lighting of road infrastructure
Ringway (Eurovia) has won the contract for highways maintenance and works and street lighting for Bracknell Forest Council. Under this contract, Ringway will manage all aspects of the maintenance and lighting of the road infrastructure. This includes planned, reactive, emergency and winter services.
This contract starts in October 2014 for an initial period of 7 years (renewable, based on performance, for a further 7 years). Estimated annual contract value: £12m (about €14.5m).
Auscultation and monitoring of the Crossrail worksite
Soldata (Soletanche Freyssinet /VINCI Construction) has just been entrusted with the management and maintenance of all measurement systems directly used for Crossrail, the new rail network that will cross London from east to west. In September 2013, Crossrail had already appointed Soldata to introduce a quality control system for measurements made with the 200 automatic theodolites (measurement instruments) already installed. In December 2013, Crossrail decided to end its existing contract with Itmsoil and ask Soldata to take over its measurement systems and their maintenance. Meaning that on the Crossrail worksite, 200 additional theodolites have joined the 200 already managed by Soldata. To make best use of the data, the company will also have to install its Geoscope monitoring data software.
Protection for a historic building
VINCI Technology Centre UKhas won a contract for the design, installation and monitoring of a cathodic protection system for the former Battersea Power Station in London. The technique involved is an electrochemical process used, in particular, in the course of works in historic buildings.
Contract value: £1.3m (€1.6m).
Renewal and award of contracts for road services
Ringway Infrastructure Services, a Eurovia subsidiary, has just had its contract for the maintenance of the road infrastructure in the county of Worcestershire renewed, and has won the contract to maintain the roads and urban lighting in the town of Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire). These service contracts cover all aspects of road maintenance: renovation, routine maintenance, network inspection and repairs, asset management, emergency response, winter maintenance – and, for the town of Milton Keynes, urban lighting. The combined value of these two contracts, during their initial phase lasting about seven years, is approximately €300m.
Take a break for safety, second session
Following the success of the first such event, in September 2013, a second version of Take a break for safety was organised for VINCI Construction UK’s 15,000 employees and partners at the end of the festive period, on 8 January 2014. On that day, work stopped for 20 minutes at more than 100 worksites, to allow workers to review and discuss issues relating to health and safety at the workplace. A third session is planned for September 2014.