Week of 26 September
1. 5,000 tonnes of asphalt in 24 hours (Luxembourg)
Our entity Socogetra has done an impressive job in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) last week, as they’ve asphalted a road over a distance of 1.3 km in both directions in only 24 hours! In those hours, the team planed and asphalted the road, thanks to the use of, amonst others, 10 planers, 8 screeds and 3 feeders. In total, no less than 5,000 tonnes of asphalt was used for this intervention. Well done!
2. Icône, an icon in the making (Luxembourg)
Here is the latest news on the Icône project site in Belval, Luxemborug. As you can see on the pictures below, the installation of the fibreglass-reinforced concrete elements, the installation of the glass elements and the installation of the floor coverings in the coworking spaces are well underway.
Icône is a smart building of 18,750 m² that aims for BREEAM "Excellent" certification. It was designed by Foster + Partners, developed by BESIX RED, and executed by BESIX and LUX TP. Once completed, it will be occupied by Société Générale employees.
3. EU VIP visting the Rail Baltica project in Riga (Latvia)
The project team on Rail Baltica (Riga, Latvia) welcomed Ms Trautmann, European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic core network corridor, last week. She was not disappointed by the progress made! Several bridges, buildings and other massive concrete structure have already been demolished allowing piling and concreting works to proceed. The 200 workers on site have now bored half of the piles in the station area. They have also completed the concrete retaining wall on the Eastern side of the project. Have you noticed the nice touch on this retaining wall? The Riga skyline has been imprinted on the concrete surface.
By the end of the year, all temporary retaining walls and most piling works will be completed and the deck construction of 3 different viaducts and bridge will be started. Different techniques will be used, such as precast beams of different shapes and sizes, as well as ‘in situ’ full span casting. We’ll come back on this!
4. Enormous delivery for Barangaroo Station (Australia)
In Sydney, BESIX Watpac is currently constructing the new Barangaroo Metro Station, located in the city’s central business district. Recently, they received an enormous delivery. Over one night, three 16.5 metre long escalators, weighing 13 tonnes each, were delivered to site and lifted into the station box by a 500 tonne mobile crane. They are the main entry escalators and will take future passengers down into the station when it opens in 2024. Seven out of 10 escalators have been installed, with the remainder to be delivered later this year. Impressive!
And then this... Clean, clean, baby
We don't have final figures on the number of participants yet, nor on the tons of waste collected, but we already wanted to thank all participants across our 25 countries for their involvement during Cleanup Day last week. Here’s a first glimpse with the first pictures spotted on our sites.