Happy new year!
2022 is the year of the Tiger. People born in the year of the Tiger are strong, brave, and confident. The new year is celebrated by more than 2 million people worldwide, with some making the journey to China to take part in the festivities. The Chinese New Year follows the Lunar calendar, not the Georgian calendar. This year it falls on 1ST February.
For countries that celebrate the Chinese Lunar new year, this is considered a public holiday. Although in countries, like the UK, it isn’t given as an automatic holiday. However, businesses that are Chinese-owned, will close or change their working hours, to be able to partake in the festival.
BCEGI influences on UK construction
BCEGI is a Chinese state-owned company. Founded in 1953, they were originally known as Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCGE). In 1990 they started to expand their business internationally, in 2013 they officially became known as BCEGI. They are now established in countries around the world, including the UK, America, and Canada.
BCEGI and the Northwest
BCEGI has great ties with the Northwest, their European headquarters is based next to Manchester Airport.
They have completed large projects in the Northwest, in two of the region’s largest cities. These projects are Airport City, Manchester, and The Lexington on Liverpool Waters.
Airport City, Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport is the North’s largest, international airport. It has been the site of continuous redevelopment. These redevelopments are shaping Manchester Airport to be more accessible, to bring in more prospects for business opportunities, nationally and internationally.
BCEGI has been working to expand the development area around the airport. Some of the structures built consist of:
- Two new hotels, Ibis Budget, and Holiday Inn
- Landmark Bridge, which allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross over the M56
- Enterprise Way which links the developments across the airport and to major roads
- A538 Junction improvement works
- ALPHA, the second-largest industrial unit at the airport.
As a result, the overall cost of the project is £79m. All projects have aided Manchester Airport to become an area for businesses to establish themselves and grow.
The Lexington, Liverpool Waters
Inspired by The Lexington Hotel, Manhattan, it’s the tallest landmark on Liverpool Waters. The apartment complex, which is located on Princes Dock, opened its doors in August 2021. It compromises of 325 apartments, which includes a communal gym, cinema/games room, and shared meeting rooms.
The Lexington sets a new standard for high-quality, modern living in Liverpool City Centre.
Powers’ involvement in Liverpool Waters
Back in 2019, Powers were asked by Peel L&P to carry out a topographical survey and underground utility detection (UUD) on Liverpool Waters.
Both surveys were used in the design and master planning of Liverpool Waters, they also provided useful information for developers early on. As the land is former dockland, the underground utilities were vital, to show any hidden or buried assets.
The topographical survey we carried out on Princes Dock, was used by BCEGI when they bought the land to build The Lexington. As construction work had started, we were asked to check the pile locations, to ensure they were correctly set out. This was to ensure the Lexington and the buildings around it were impeccably placed next to each other.
The topographical survey and UUD done by Powers will be used on any future redevelopments.
Find out more about our involvement with Liverpool Waters in our case study.
One of the lucky colours of the year of the Tiger, is blue. So why not bring yourself some luck by working with us, after all, blue is our colour.
We would like to wish everyone, including BCEGI a happy Chinese Lunar new year! We hope it’s prosperous.