Issue No.116 // 09 November 2007
Gateway to Europe...

Queen opens £800m transport hub for UK

This week saw the opening of the long awaited Eurostar terminus at St Pancras station in London. The new station will replace the original at Waterloo and sit at the end of the new high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL). The entire project was built by London & Continental Railways (LCR) and came in on time – proving that huge contracts can be delivered on time and in budget. The station was officially opened by the Queen at a celebration marking the completion of one of Britain's largest construction projects costing a total of £5.2bn and taking 10 years. The celebrations included an orchestra, singers and giant screens. The original William Barlow shed was transformed into a theatre to entertain the 1,000 guests. A major .............more

Great Wheel of China
Work has started on the world's biggest wheel. Located in a Beijing Park, the Great Wheel of China will dwarf the London Eye in London, which stands at 135 metres (443 ft) high and since its opening has had more than 30 million passengers ..............more

2012 vision
HOK/Buro Happold reveal images of their £496 million “permatemp” 2012 stadium proposal. Dramatic images have been released for the centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympics. The cost of the 80,000 capacity stadium has risen some 77% since the last ...............more

Nice's nice new trams
The French Mediterranean city of Nice is set to benefit from a major new tramway. One of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe, it has cost €370m and engaged more than 1,200 workers over the past six years. The result, city officials say, will be ...............more

Creative space
Matchbox is a 30+ unit commercial building with 4500m2 leaseable space for small to mid-sized companies within the creative industries. The site is located in a developing area in Amsterdam North, and will be realized as the third phase of ...............more

Mixing it in Astana
Foster + Partners unveil designs for a new mixed use development in Astana, the new capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aldar Property launches its latest major mixed use development - Abu Dhabi Plaza, Astana - designed by Foster ...............more

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