June's top stories: Kier to restore Mackintosh Building and Skanska to invest in office complex

Kier Construction secures a £25m contract to restore Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Mackintosh Building, and Skanska plans to invest €30m in the first phase of an office complex in Warsaw. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key headlines from June 2016.


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Kier to restore Glasgow School of Art's fire-ravaged Mackintosh Building in Scotland

Kier Construction has secured a £25m contract to restore Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Mackintosh Building, which was damaged by fire in May 2014.

Kier will provide full construction management services to deliver the restoration project, which is planned to be structured over two main phases.

The first phase is set to begin in July this year and an external envelope will be created to make the building wind and water-tight. The roofs over the east and west wings will also be replaced and restoration of the west wing and modernisation of the east wing interiors will commence next year.

Mackintosh's restoration senior project manager Liz Davidson said: "All the companies that bid for this contract provided extremely comprehensive, competitive bids.

Skanska to invest in first phase of office complex in Poland

Skanska has announced its intention to invest €30m in the first phase of an office complex, which is located in Warsaw, Poland.

The nine-storey building is known as Spark and it has a total leasable area of around 12,300m².

The project is set to offer various areas where employees in the complex and local residents can gather, such as co-work space outside the building. Spark will also feature a roof terrace accessible for all tenants, will feature beehives.

Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec extension work completed

Architecture firm OMA has finished extension work on the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, a fine arts museum in Qubec City of Canada.

The project features a host of stepped galleries and an angular staircase. The extended wing has also been opened with an investment of around $100m.

OMA partnered with Provencher Roy on the 14,900m2 building. Its new structure is considered to be the largest cultural project in the city.

ISG to build supermarket in Clacton-on-Sea using Level 2 BIM

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UK-based retailer Asda has selected ISG to build a new £10m supermarket in Clacton-on-Sea using level 2 building information modelling (BIM).

The site of a former multi-occupancy retail development will be used to construct the 35,000ft² steel frame store. It will house a customer café, deli counter, an in-store bakery, staff areas, an automated petrol station, and a large car park with four electric vehicle charge points.

ISG's western regional managing director Rob Martin said: "The Clacton-on-Sea project represents the culmination of a journey by Asda into advanced collaborative working practices. ISG has played a key role as a trusted project partner and influencer.

Adjaye Associates selected to design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

London-based Adjaye Associates has teamed-up with Latvia's AB3D to design the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art.

The €30m museum is set to open in November 2021.

It will be located in the New Hanza City.

Their design was selected as the winner of the design competition.

Six design studios participated in the competition, which comprised Caruso St John, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, Henning Larsen Architects, Sauerbruch Hutton, wHY and Neutelings Riedijk.

Construction on The Tower commences in Dubai

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Work on skyscraper The Tower has begun at Dubai Creek Harbour.

The Tower is being being designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava and is expected to transform the area into a leading residential and leisure destination.

Calatrava has selected Aurecon as the engineer and architect-of-record to collaborate on a range of design and technical features. Dubai-based Emaar Properties has commissioned the project.

Aurecon's project director for The Tower Adrian Jones said: "The Calatrava team were looking to work directly with our experts who have had hands-on project experience on other supertall and similar mega projects. Not only were they assured of such a working arrangement, they were further impressed by our open, flexible, and collaborative approach."

MLA, OMA, and IDEO to design new public park in Los Angeles

Architect Mia Lehrer and Associates (MLA) alongside partners Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and global design and innovation firm IDEO has been selected by the US City of Los Angeles to design a new public park at First and Broadway.

The new FAB Park will connect with the existing Grand Park and feature a split-level restaurant, as well as an array of sculpted shade canopies designed by OMA. Designs incorporate themes of food, art, and land to celebrate the diversity of the city.

MLA's president Mia Lehrer said: "We are excited to have the opportunity to design this destination park, providing Los Angeles with a new place to experience nature and culture.

"We also want to thank Councilman José Huizar for his leadership and vision in bringing a new park to Downtown LA and the city's Bureau of Engineering for leading a thoughtful process for design."

Brookfield wins contract to build fifth stage of $2bn Central Park precinct in Australia

Brookfield Multiplex has secured a A$290m ($209m) contract to build Duo, the fifth stage of the $2bn Central Park precinct.

Frasers Property and Sekisui House are developing the mixed residential, commercial, and hotel development, which will be on the corner of Broadway and Abercrombie Streets in Chippendale.

Designed by Foster and partners, Duo is made up of two 18-storey towers, which sit on a combined five-level basement car park.

The residential area will be made of 313 apartments, with the majority located in the eastern tower. Residents will be offered club facilities including an indoor pool, jacuzzi, cardio room, yoga, and recreation room.