Week of 17 January
An outstanding milestone in the Dubai sky (UAE)
It is officially the third highest skyscraper built by BESIX Group after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the ADNOC HQ in Abu Dhabi. The Uptown Tower has reached its structural height of 340 metres. Congratulations to all the operational teams! The building will be delivered in autumn 2022 to our client, DMCC. Congratulations also to the members of BESIX Engineering who contributed to the geotechnical and structural studies, BIM models, planning and methods, among others. The tower is also a good example of the expertise of the BESIX Engineering Façade Department, which designed it and is involved in its construction. The façade is now 90% complete, as illustrated by the stunning picture below taken by our colleague Yannic Leveque.
We are looking forward to seeing the rest of the work in the short year until delivery. Keep up the outstanding work, dear SixCo colleagues!
2. An architectural masterpiece (UAE)
“A new global masterpiece of engineering, art and architecture”. These words to highlight the beauty of the Infinity Bridge are not from us but from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He inaugurated the bridge built by Six Construct in Dubai last week, adding that the bridge is also an illustration of the infinite ambitions of Dubai and the country. Congratulations on the work of our colleagues, which has earned the bridge such high praise. You have excelled and we are all very proud!
3. BWI inspection of our Ivorian sites (Ivory Coast)
In December, the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI) inspected the construction sites of the F Tower and the Exhibition Centre in Abidjan. BWI is a global union federation of 351 unions from 127 countries, representing around 12 million workers. In 2017, BESIX and BWI signed an international framework agreement to promote the well-being and safety of workers. This includes an independent mechanism to monitor the group's practices in this area with free access by BWI to BESIX sites. The mission to Ivory Coast follows those organised on several occasions in the UAE, Qatar and Morocco.
In its report, the BWI notes the good practices of BESIX Ivory Coast, for which we congratulate all our colleagues who contribute to it. The BWI was able to talk freely with the workers and highlighted several positive points, such as the respect of strict health and safety standards, the good facilities for workers' breaks or the transport system to access the sites.
4. A ‘12 January’ story (Qatar)
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These are three pictures taken on a 12 January: 12/01/2020, 12/01/2021 and 12/01/2022. Two years ago, our colleagues in Qatar launched the construction of the Lusail Plaza towers, two identical 50-storey towers next to each other in Doha. Designed by the renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners, the two identical towers will reach a height of 220 metres. Our teams are in charge of the design and construction of the project in partnership with Midmac. Congrats on the work that has already been done. We look forward to seeing the site when it is delivered!
And then this... Stairs for Socogetra (Belgium)
In Marche-en-Famenne, in the Belgian province of Luxembourg, Wust is building the new headquarters of Socogetra. In December, the construction site underwent a spectacular operation with the installation of the prefabricated main staircase in its exact location, at the heart of the building. This operation was masterfully carried out by the site teams. Well done, folks!