Bunnik, the Netherlands, 20 November 2002 – FCI Constructors (a subsidiary of HBG Constructors, Inc., part of Royal BAM Group) was awarded two contracts in the state of California, USA, with a combined value of approximately $45 million.
Royal BAM NBM has completed the acquisition of HBG's share capital from Grupo Dragados, bringing Royal BAM Group into existence. Royal BAM Group occupies a strong position in the West-European construction industry, with an order book worth €10.8 billion as at 30 June 2002.
The project in Boston involving the jacking of three tunnel boxes beneath a railway embankment without interrupting the trains – an achievement which HBG group companies Interbeton and Nuttall had a major hand in – has won the British Construction Industry Award [BCIA] for International Projects.
20 years of planning and preparation and a referendum among the Swiss population preceded the project: the construction of a new rail link between Bern and Zurich. Today, however, the implementation of all the associated sub-projects is in full swing. The most spectacular part is the Onzberg passage, where Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau is involved in the excavation work.
The inflatable barrage near Ramspol [Central Netherlands] has been completed. After a series of tests, HBG Civiel recently handed over the barrage, which comprises three inflatable sections. The barrage is intended to protect the hinterland from the waters of the IJsselmeer, which tend to pile up in the Ketelmeer, especially with northwesterly gales.
The Castor, by far the heaviest cutter suction dredger in the BHD fleet, shudders as it gets to work off the coast of Mesaieed Port. Despite those hard layers, Ballast Ham Dredging is making good progress with dredging seven million cubic metres of material and discharging it in land reclamation areas.
Rijswijk / Chaudfontaine, Belgium – Galère sa [part of HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, and active in Wallonia] has taken over the Liège-based construction company FFK, which specialises in pipe jacking.
Sinatra sang here and Muhammad Ali fought here. This podium has seen performances by the Beatles and the Bolshoi Ballet. The Last Night of the Proms would be unthinkable without it ... the Royal Albert Hall, first opened in London in 1871. In August 2003, the Hall will have a new, regal entrance, built by HBG.
Even the tiling contractors have nearly finished work on Ireland's National Aquatic Centre. Rohcon, part of HBG Ascon, is building the swimming pool complex on the outskirts of Dublin under a DBFO contract –design, build, finance and operate.
The builders of the New Carquinez Bridge in California have completed another phase of the project: the spinning of the cables. The New Carquinez Bridge is being built by a consortium of HBG Constructors, Interbeton and Cleveland Bridge, but the construction of this fixed link over 1,000 metres long is in fact a global operation.