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2016 Mega Projects - Ones to Watch

Looking at the year ahead, Cavendish Professionals has identified a number of projects that will be gaining momentum as deadlines move closer. With various projects at different stages, from lift-off through to installation and operations, it is the perfect time for engineers of various disciplines to consider an international posting.

High Speed 2 (UK) - HS2 is a new high-speed railway line under development, which will run between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The prequalification process for seven major civil works contracts for the initial 190 km phase linking London to Birmingham has begun, and contract awards are expected towards the end of 2016.

Copenhagen Cityringen Project (Denmark) - The Cityringen project is due to be completed in 2018 and will form a new circular line in the city centre of Copenhagen. It will consist of two 17.4 km tunnels and 17 new stations. With the civil works scheduled to be completed by April 2016, the project is moving into the final phase. This will include MEP installation and architectural finishings.

Paramount Park (UK) – A £3.2 billion theme park to be built on the outskirts of London. The park will have an indoor water park, roller coasters and cinemas, as well as restaurants and hotels and is currently being dubbed as a ‘Disneyland’ in the UK. The client, London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) expects the project to enter the detailed design stage in the coming months, with contractors appointed by the end of 2016.

Manchester Airport (UK) – A £1 billion makeover of the airport is scheduled to start in April 2016. The project will include the demolition of Terminal 1 to make way for a state-of-the-art terminal with faster, more high-tech security lanes. Terminal 2 will also be revamped and extended, with better links to an improved Terminal 3. The project will be completed over a 10 year program and aims to take the passenger capacity to over 50 million by 2050.

Kuwait Airport Expansion – Kuwait has increased passenger traffic at its airport from 5 to 9 million per year and is forecasted to have at least 12 million passengers per year by 2020. The construction of a new terminal, which will house up to 13 million passengers, is likely to begin construction in 2016. We expect a number of roles to arise for aviation experts with design and supervision experience.

Qatar Integrated Rail Network – Construction is well underway and staffing levels for the civil works contracts remain strong. In 2016 we will see an increase in demand for engineers with rail systems experience including signalling, telecoms and rolling stock - due to the award of the systems contract earlier this year. 

Dubai Metro Extension (UAE) – Now known as ‘Route 2020’, the 14.5 kilometre extension project (11km viaducts and 4km underground) will be home to 5 elevated and 2 underground stations. The successful consortium who will build the metro will be appointed in January with construction starting at the beginning of the second quarter of 2016. We expect to see recruitment for the project starting to take shape as soon as the contract is awarded. 

Reem Mall (UAE)
– Abu Dhabi will get its first mall with an indoor snow park. The Reem Mall is estimated to cost $1 billion to build and when completed will be home to 450 stores and 85 food outlets. The star attraction, the snow park, will be 11,600 square metres in size. The contractor will be appointed at the end of April with construction starting almost immediately after. 

Oman Rail – The rail network, which will include 2,135 km of track work, is due to kick off with construction in the early part of 2016. Once complete, Oman will have contributed to the GCC rail network by linking Muscat to the UAE. The construction contract is due to be awarded by January 2016. Watch this space!

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR (Malaysia) – Due to become the first high-speed rail project in south east Asia. The line will connect Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur with Jurong East in Singapore with 350km of track. Once completed, the journey between the two cities will take no more than 90 minutes. The project is expected to take 7 years to build, with design and tender phases taking place next year and construction to start at the end of 2016.

Cavendish Professionals has sourced talent to work on iconic projects for nearly a decade now, and with a healthy pipeline of projects for 2016, it will certainly be another busy year for us. If you are an experienced construction professional looking to explore the market in 2016, please contact one of our consultants today!
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