Articles by Becca Wilkins

Green light for new European Central Bank HQ
Published on: 05 January, 2010
Construction of the new Germany-based European Central Bank (ECB) will start in the spring this year according to its Governing Council.
IDB supports Argentinean cement company
Published on: 21 December, 2009
Argentina's leading cement producer, Loma Negra, will receive up to US$ 125 million in medium-term financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to support the company's capital expenditure programme.
Construction aggregates market set to expand through 2013
Published on: 21 December, 2009
Demand for construction aggregates around the world is forecast to expand +2.9 % annually through 2013 to 28.7 billion tonnes according to the latest study from US-based research company, The Freedonia Group.
ADB loan for Chinese towns and cities
Published on: 21 December, 2009
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will loan US$ 100 million to a project that aims to help develop small towns and cities in Shanxi Province, China.
Bilfinger Berger gets green light to acquire MCE
Published on: 21 December, 2009
The European Commission has approved Bilfinger Berger's acquisition of industrial and power services provider MCE, a design, construction and maintenance company focussed on the process and energy sectors.
Design revealed for Faroe Islands' Education Centre
Published on: 15 December, 2009
<p>BIG, Fuglark and a team of consultants win the design contract for the largest educational building project in the Faroe Islands' history.</p>
AccuGrade boosts Burundi road building projects
Published on: 15 December, 2009
Caterpillar 14M motor graders equipped with AccuGrade dual GPS systems with cross-slope capability are being used for road construction and refurbishment in the Republic of Burundi.
Boosting Brazil: Infrastructure challenges ahead of major sporting events.
Published on: 14 December, 2009
Construction activity in Brazil will be boosted by a major overhaul of the country's infrastructure in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Becca Wilkins reports.
First contract awarded for "Mass Transit Tunnel" scheme
Published on: 14 December, 2009
<p>NJ Transit approves first major tunnelling contract for US$ 8.7 billion Mass Transit Tunnel, the US's largest public transport project that aimes to double commuter rail capacity between New Jersey and New York.</p>
Efficient earthmovers: The latest earthmoving machines and trends.
Published on: 11 December, 2009
Fuel-related issues have come under the spotlight in the earthmoving equipment sector but complying with the Tier 4 Interim engine emissions regulations still remains the top priority for manufacturers. Becca Wilkins reports.
Masterplan for Mexican "health city" unveiled
Published on: 10 December, 2009
Foster + Partners has designed a masterplan for a centre of medical excellence which will be based in the south of Mexico City.
Fluor JV wins US$ 1.1 billion road expansion contract
Published on: 10 December, 2009
Provo River Constructors, a Fluor-led joint venture will head up the expansion of the I-15 Corridor Reconstruction (CORE) project, the major north-south commuter route between Salt Lake City and the Provo/Orem region, US.
European construction through the worst
Published on: 09 December, 2009
<p>European construction output is expected to fall -2,2% in 2010, following a -8,4% drop in 2009, according to the latest figures from Euroconstruct. A recovery is unlikely before 2011 and growth will not return to pre-recession levels until 2012.</p>
Ditch Witch showcases new machines
Published on: 04 December, 2009
Ditch Witch introduced its latest trenching and trenchless machines at its ninth customer day held at in Barcelona, Spain. Becca Wilkins reports.
Egyptian JV awarded US$ 393 million pipeline project
Published on: 04 December, 2009
Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) has won a 50/50 joint venture water treatment pipeline contract with Hassan Allam Sons worth US$ 393 million.
Bouygues to construct new eco-friendly hospital
Published on: 03 December, 2009
A consortium of three Bouygues Construction subsidiaries , DV Construction, GFC Construction and GTB Construction, has won the € 202 million contract to build a new hospital in Orléans, France.
Carillion scoops Canadian train station contract
Published on: 02 December, 2009
Carillion Canada will oversee a CA$ 627 million (US$ 598 million) five-year regeneration project at Toronto&#39;s Union Station.
Allen introduces new bridge deck former
Published on: 01 December, 2009
Allen Concrete Pavers has introduced the 4836B bridge deck finisher (BDF) featuring hydraulic controls for powering the mainframe and a dual-roller finishing carriage.
Skanska wins Norwegian tunnelling contract
Published on: 01 December, 2009
Skanska has won a contract worth SEK 905 million (€ 87 million) to construct the Strindheim road tunnel on the E6 motorway in Norway.
Citytunneln will come in € 96 million under budget
Published on: 01 December, 2009
Constructing Sweden's Citytunneln project will now cost SEK 8,57 billion (€ 822 million) instead of the previously budgeted SEK 9,45 billion (€ 906 million), according to project organisers.
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