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Iohnic, winner at the QIA Awards

This sustainable lighting system has won in the Innovation in Large Company category for ensuring a balance between environmental conservation, social well-being, and economic growth.

Fernando Rico, director of Infratec (Sacyr Concesiones), received the QIA Award for Iohnic today at the final gala of the 2023 Quality Innovation Awards (QIA), organized by Madrid Excelente and the Association of Excellence Promoting Centers (CEX) at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

Out of the eight award categories, this tunnel and parking lighting project won in the "Innovation in Large Company" category because it represents sustainable lighting that "ensures a balance between environmental conservation, social well-being, and economic growth."

he winning projects have been developed in different regions of Spain and were evaluated by experts convened by the Association of Excellence Promoting Centers.

All of them will participate in the next international phase of the awards, which was quite positive for Spanish organizations in the last edition.

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Ferrocarril Central: All aboard the train to the future

This rail corridor will increase the capacity for cargo load in Uruguay.

Ferrocarril Central

 

 

The Ferrocarril Central de Uruguay connects Paso de los Toros, in the country's interior with the port of Montevideo, spanning 273 km. The new infrastructure will cut down travel times by 50% and will increase the capacity for cargo load.  It will have a positive impact on the growth of agricultural, forestry, and industrial production in Uruguay. The railway is primarily aimed for cargo load, but is also appropriate for passenger trains and includes a new signalling and rail monitoring system.

The Grupo Via Central (GVC) consortium, led by Sacyr, with the participation of Uruguayan firms Saceem and Berkes, and the French firm NGE, is responsible for financing, designing, build, operation and maintenance of the railroad for 15 years.

3,500 people were directly involved at the height of the project, with 90% of the workers being locally sourced. This development required the installation of 343 km of new track, as it features multiple sections with more than one track to facilitate the passage of trains. Additionally, 25 stations and passenger stops, 128 concrete bridges and 6 trenches, two of which make a nearly 4 km long rail path. 

Construction used the latest available technologies such as track welding, anti-noise and anti-vibration protection. Over 37,500 tons of tracks were installed, 567,000 concrete sleepers, 12.5 million m3 in earthworks were excavated, and 1 million tons of ballast used. 

 

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We adapted the unique bridge over the Santa Lucia River 

The execution of this project included the adaptation of the railway bridge over the Santa Lucia River. This is a unique infrastructure due to its 600 meters in length of extension and for the steel of which it is built since it requires a series of characteristics to acquire a special color.

The adaptation of this bridge involved the installation of five 53-meter spans; three 26-meter spans and 17 15-meter spans, totaling nearly 600 meters.

In total, the assembly and installation work required the transfer of 1,585 tons of metal structure, which entailed more than 65,000 working hours and the involvement of 72 professionals.

 

 

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President of Uruguay inaugurates Ferrocarril Central project

  • This Sacyr Concesiones project connects Montevideo and Paso de los Toros through a 265 km rail corridor.
  • The P3 consortium will oversee the infrastructure maintenance for an 15-year term.
  • The railway project will cut travel times down by 50% and will increase the loading capacity in this key transportation axis in Uruguay.

Today, Luis Lacalle, President of Uruguay, along with other authorities, has inaugurated the Ferrocarril Central de Uruguay.

The Grupo Vía Central consortium, led by Sacyr Concesiones, developed this rail corridor connecting Paso de los Toros, in central Uruguay, to the port of Montevideo.

The new line spans 265 km and required the installation of 343 km of new track, as it features multiple sections with more than one track to facilitate the passage of trains. Additionally, 25 stations and passenger stops, 128 concrete bridges and 6 trenches, two of which make a nearly 4 km long rail path. The railway is primarily aimed for cargo load, but is also appropriate for passenger trains and includes a new signalling and rail monitoring system.

This development required an investment of around €915 million. Grupo Vía Central compries Sacyr (40%), two Uruguayan companies, Saceem (27%) y Berkes (6%), and the French NGE (27%). 

The project, endorsed by the Ministry for Transportation and Public Works, will boost cargo transportation, with faster, safer and more cost-efficient infrastructure.

The project, awarded in 2019, involved the design, construction, financing, rehabilitation and maintenance of the Ferrorcarril Central for 15 years. 

3,500 people were directly involved at the height of the project, with 90% of the workers being locally sourced. Construction used the latest available technologies such as track welding, anti-noise and anti-vibration protection. Over 37,500 tons of tracks were installed, 567,000 concrete sleepers, 12.5 million m3 in earthworks were excavated, and 1 million tons of ballast used. 


A critical asset for Uruguay

The Ferrocarril Central will cut down travel times by 50% and will expand the load capacity of trains, from 18 to 22 tons per axis. This new infrastructure will create a positive impact on the growth of local agricultural forestry, and industrial activities.

P3 asset value 

Sacyr Concesiones is a global benchmark in infrastructure development and, according to PWF magazine, ranks third in transportation infrastructure P3 development. 

The company currently manages a diversified asset portfolio valued at €3.3 Bn.

In Uruguay, Sacyr manages the Routes 21 and 24 road P3 spanning 179 km to the west of the country. 

The Marina Bay Sands is located on the waterfront of Singapore's financial district. Credit: Pxhere

The secrets behind the world's most expensive buildings

The most expensive building on the planet is the Great Mosque of Mecca. It is followed by two megastructures that house luxury hotels, plus shops, restaurants and other exclusive venues. We investigate the secrets of the world's most expensive buildings.

ISABEL RUBIO ARROYO | Tungsteno

 

The Great Mosque of Mecca, the Abraj Al-Bait complex in Mecca and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore are three of the most expensive buildings in the world. Their high cost is a result of many factors, including the quality of the materials, the complexity of the design, the skilled labour required, the permits and regulations, and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

The Great Mosque of Mecca

 

The most expensive building on the planet is the Great Mosque of Mecca, also known as Masjid al-Haram. Its construction began in the 7th century AD and has undergone numerous extensions over the centuries. It is estimated that it cost around $100 billion to build this 400,000 square metre megastructure in Saudi Arabia. The most striking fact about this mosque, which is visited by millions of pilgrims every year, is that it can hold up to four million people at a time, the equivalent of almost half the population of London in one building.

According to the pillars of Islam, every Muslim who has the financial and physical means must make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. The mosque consists of rectangular central courtyard, surrounded by covered prayer areas. Those who make the pilgrimage must walk seven times counter-clockwise around the Ka'ba, a cubic stone structure in the courtyard that represents Allah's dwelling place on earth.

 

The Great Mosque of Mecca is the largest mosque in the world. Credit: Megaprojects

 

The Abraj Al-Bait

 

Second on this list is a megastructure also located in Mecca. The Abraj Al-Bait is the tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia and one of the tallest in the world. The 1.5 million square metre complex was built between 2002 and 2012 at a cost of $16 billion. At the top of the tower, which stands 601 metres tall and has more than 100 floors, is the world’s largest clock. It has four faces each with a diameter of more than 46 metres. Inside it houses a shopping centre with a capacity for 65,000 people, a prayer area and a five-star hotel.

 

Abraj Al-Bait is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Looking 4 (En)

 

The Marina Bay Sands

 

On the waterfront of Singapore's financial district stands the imposing Marina Bay Sands. These three gigantic skyscrapers, connected by a single roof, were designed by architect Moshe Safdie. They were built between 2006 and 2010 at a cost of around $6.2 billion. Covering an area of 845,000 square metres, the complex houses a 2,560-room hotel, a convention centre, shops, restaurants, theatres, museums and a casino. The hotel has two exclusive suites, each measuring 629 square metres. According to its creators, this is the equivalent of more than two tennis courts.

The owners claim that "the three iconic towers are among the most complex buildings ever built." Each has sloping and straight sections. The three meet at a height of 195 metres, creating a 9,941 square metre elevated park known as Sands SkyPark. The construction of this part of the Marina Bay Sands was one of the "most complex and challenging" phases of project. More than 7,000 tonnes of steel were pre-assembled at ground level in 14 individual pieces. Each piece was hoisted 200 metres using strand jacks, "more commonly used in bridge construction." Sands SkyPark features a public observatory, jogging tracks, gardens, restaurants, lounges and an infinity pool.

 

The Marina Bay Sands is notable for its three towers, connected at the top by an aerial park. Credit: Details in Luxury

 

Some of the world’s most expensive buildings include hotels, stadiums, offices and government buildings. Examples include the Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore; the SoFi Stadium, Apple Park and The Cosmopolitan in the United States; and Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest. In addition to their privileged location, exceptional design and high-quality materials, many of these buildings have something else in common: they are symbols of luxury and exclusivity.

 


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