Edinburgh Business Park is growing by the day. The business park on the western edge of the Scottish capital is a veritable showcase of modern architecture. IT companies, financial services providers, insurance companies ... they are all located here in imaginatively designed buildings featuring lots of glass and stone.
TyCom, the world’s largest cable company, is building a data hotel in Groningen [North of the Netherlands] as part of a global optical fibre network. Tebodin - in partnership with Lockwood Greene - is responsible for the construction of both the data centre and a booster station that will amplify incoming signals.
Restoring Osborne House to its former glory. HBG Construction began work on renovating the 54 elevations of Osborne House, including towers, chapel and servants’ quarters, on behalf of English Heritage in February.
King Harold of Norway has officially opened the Storda Bridge and the Bømla Bridge. The two suspension bridges, 700 and 600 metres long, respectively, were built by the joint venture Triangle Contractors.
Rijswijk, the Netherlands – The Supervisory Board of HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, has appointed A.J.D. Franklin, BEng, CEng, FICE, FCIOB, FIHT  as member of the Board of Management as of 4 September 2001. Mr Franklin was chief executive of HBG Construction Ltd.
In the interior of Ghana, Interbeton is working on the completion of a road 90 kilometres long between Gyato Zongo and Yeji, on Lake Volta. The group company has largely followed the route of an old road that had fallen into disrepair and had become scarcely usable, particularly by heavy vehicles. The new road is 7.3 metres wide with hard shoulders on both sides. The contract value is £24 million.
Operating result for first half of 2001: €59 million [+ 40%];
Forecast organic growth in operating result for 2001 at least 40%;
Net result on ordinary activities for first half: €36 million; net extraordinary income of €14 million;
Net result forecast for 2001 maintained: €90 million;
Revenues for first half: €2.6 billion;
Significant improvement in financial position as at 30 June 2001: capital ratio of 22.7%; year-end 2001 forecast of at least 25%;
Order book of €6.4 billion [year-end 2000: €5.9 billion] at excellent level.
Rijswijk – HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, has had a successful first half in 2001. The operating result increased by around 40% to €59 million. The result on ordinary activities after tax was €36 million. An extraordinary result after tax of €14 million was also realised in the first half of the year. Based on the positive trend, HBG believes that the net result for the whole of 2001 will turn out at €90 million, in accordance with previous profit projections.
Recently Ascon completed, after a twelve-month duration, Farmleigh House in the Northwest of Dublin. The house in Georgian style was constructed in the early 1800's and has been in possession of the Guinness-family since 1873. The Irish Government purchased the 32-hectare country cottage from the famous brewing family in 1999. Farmleigh House will serve as the State guesthouse and as a venue for international meetings.
Rijswijk, the Netherlands – HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, is convening an extraordinary shareholders' meeting, to be held at HBG head office, Generaal Spoorlaan 489, Rijswijk, the Netherlands, at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 4 September 2001.
The commission of inquiry set up by order of the Enterprise Section of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal to investigate the policy pursued by HBG since 1 January 2000 presented its findings in a report on Friday, 3 August.
Ritchies has recently completed a £0.10 million contract for O’Rourke [Scotland] on the new Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh. O’Rourke [Scotland] is undertaking the concrete superstructure works package on behalf of construction manager Bovis Lend Lease.
Teijin Twaron, Tebodin and Stork ICM have concluded an agreement on the expansion of Teijin Twaron’s production facilities in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The agreement specifies the responsibilities of the parties with respect to detailed engineering, purchasing, and construction work.
At Benicia-Martinez, HBG Constructors crews are down to 50 people from a peak of about 220. This reflects 89 percent completion of the base contract to strengthen the 10 main spans of the bridge over the Carquinez Strait, which is one of the most heavily traveled in California. The massive seismic retrofit started in June 1998.