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7 June 2001

On Tuesday, 26 June, after the close of trading in Amsterdam, the construction and the dredging groups Ballast Nedam and HBG signed the contract merging their two dredging companies. The merger creates a business with revenues of 635 million euros and a workforce of around 2,000. The company’s name will be Ballast HAM Dredging, and it will rank among the leading players in the international dredging market.

6 June 2001

Rijswijk, the Netherlands – HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, is convening an informative shareholders' meeting, to be held at the HBG head office, Generaal Spoorlaan 489, Rijswijk, the Netherlands, at 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 26 June 2001.

6 June 2001

Nuttall has beaten off some stiff competition within the civil engineering and construction industry to win the prestigious Quality in Construction Award in the training category.

5 June 2001

At the end of May, the HAM 318 was launched. The vessel belongs to the largest trailing suction hopper dredgers of the world and has a hopper capacity of 23,700 m3.

4 June 2001

Things have come to an end for project manager John Montgomerie and the Nuttall team. They were based on the south bank of the Thames for ten months with a view of the famous Tower of London and in the shadow of the equally famous Tower Bridge. A spectacular site for the spectacular office of the Greater London Authority [GLA], which can be reached via a Nuttall tunnel.

3 June 2001

HBG Ascon and Rohcon have committed their support to the Science, Technology and Engineering Programme for Schools [STEPS], an initiative to encourage teenagers into engineering as a career.

2 June 2001

As work starts on the demolition of the steel bridge, Misener Marine, part of HBG Constructors, is entering the final stages of the Broadway Bridge Project in Daytona Beach.

1 June 2001

HBG Construction has been awarded a two-phase contract by Asda Stores for the demolition of an existing structure and construction of a new Asda Wal-Mart in the Almondvale Shopping Centre, Livingston [near Edinburgh].

31 May 2001

HBG Bouw en Vastgoed and HBG Civiel are launching the PARKgarage. This is a multi-storey car park design offering added value in that the roof can be planted up to form a park. The idea is based on a parking garage built in Australia 30 years ago.

30 May 2001

Rotterdam, The Netherlands – HAM, dredging and marine contractors has launched and christened its new trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 318 on 25 May 2001 at the shipyard of van der Giessen – de Noord in the Dutch town of Krimpen aan den IJssel.

30 May 2001

Rijswijk, the Netherlands – HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, this morning advised Royal Boskalis Westminster nv that the sale of HBG's dredging activities [or surrender in any other way of HBG's controlling interest in the dredging company HAM] is not consonant with a policy aimed at securing the interests of the company and its stakeholders in the long term.

30 May 2001
  • Leading player in international dredging market
  • Good starting position for further growth
  • New company Ballast HAM Baggeren bv (Ballast HAM Dredging) expects a turnover in 2001 of 635 million euros and has a workforce of approximately 2,000
  • HBG to hold 2/3 of the shares, Ballast Nedam 1/3
  • Fleets complementary, substantial synergy benefits
  • Better positioning for major infrastructure works (dredging + construction)
  • Attractive employer
  • Creation shareholder value for HBG and Ballast Nedam
22 May 2001

Rijswijk, the Netherlands – The Supervisory Board and the Board of Management of HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, have been considering the bid made by Boskalis for group company HAM on 7 May.

15 May 2001

Nuttall and Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau have been awarded a Channel Tunnel Rail Link [CTRL] contract worth £115 million.

14 May 2001

Müller-Altvatter, part of HBG Bau, has started work in Hamburg on the construction of a prison. The complex comprises three L-shaped wings containing a total of 384 cells.

13 May 2001

HBG Utiliteitsbouw is to 'fill in' the two southern corners of the PSV Stadium in Eindhoven with stands as well.

12 May 2001

HAM has started capital dredging of a basin for the marina of Porte de Plaisance de L'Etang Z'Abridots in the bay of Fort de France on the Caribbean island Martinique.

11 May 2001

In Liège Galère, part of HBG Civiel, has started work on the construction of a new station on the high-speed rail link between Paris and Cologne. The project is being carried out by a joint venture on behalf of Belgian Railways. The construction period will last five years.

10 May 2001

Cork is finally getting a proper system for disposing of its sewage. Wastewater is currently discharged at various points, almost untreated, into the River Lee, which runs through the heart of this city on the southern Irish coast. Thanks to the efforts of Ascon and Nuttall, among others, this situation will soon be a thing of the past.

9 May 2001

The work goes on day and night, year in, year out. An international armada of dredgers will be busy expanding the land area of Singapore until 2006. Millions of cubic metres of sand and clay fill are being transported and placed to meet the huge requirement for industrial development land. Companies are lining up for sites on which to build their factories. The new land has already been parcelled out even before it breaks the surface ...