The AVE works that Adif is carrying out on the Almería-Murcia line are already at around 50% completion and the Almería high-speed platform is expected to be finished by the end of 2024. The Nijar-Río Andarax section is 25.5km long and features 13 viaducts totalling 4,786m. The viaduct over the Andarax River stands out with a length of 1,414m and 43 spans, making it the longest viaduct in the province. A Prethor mobile bench has been installed to produce the beams and precast concrete slabs to build the almost 5km of single track deck with a hyperstatic deck width of 8.5m with box girder and top slab concreted in-situ on precast precast slabs. The Prethor plant located near the Mediterranean motorway produces an average of 5 beams per week, 40m long and 230 tonnes for the largest ones. The company Estructuras (belonging to Grupo Puentes), was contracted by Convensa (FCC group) for the production and execution of the prefabricated beam decks for the 13 viaducts that comprise the Níjar-Río Andarax section of the Almeria high-speed railway belonging to the Administrator of Railway Infrastructures (Adif). 9 of the 13 viaducts are currently in the construction phase and the rest are in the project phase. The longest span is 54.00 m, with the largest beam being 40 m long and supported on hammer beams. Construction is being carried out with an under-deck crane and the works will last 27 months.
The work to improve the platform and environmental treatment of this tourist route is being carried out on a 17.2 km stretch of the N-621 between Castro Cillorigo and Panes. The first section, which has just been opened to traffic, is 0.5 km long and another 0.6 km is planned to be opened during the summer. The winding route to be improved runs through the steep Desfiladero de La Hermida (between the regions of Cantabria and Asturias), and is the only access route from the Cantabrian coast to the valleys of Camaleño, Liébana and Picos de Europa. It has an average daily traffic volume of 2,500 vehicles, which occasionally triples during the summer months due to the natural and scenic interest of the area. The road runs between the slopes of the Picos de Europa and the course of the river Deva, which it crosses four times with single-span bridges which have already been widened in a previous project by Grupo Puentes. The project takes place in a natural environment with several protected areas, which has been the main conditioning factor in the design. The solution adopted in the open section involves widening the platform towards the river, to achieve a platform width of 8 m, thus rectifying the layout of several curves, which will have two three-metre lanes and two one-metre verges. The different solutions to be implemented consist of breakwater walls, concrete walls, cantilevers of varying widths and concrete structures to be used in the construction of the bridge
This is the second hospital center awarded to Grupo Puentes by Quirónsalud.
The 15,000 m2 Badalona hospital has 35 medical and surgical specialties and the best outpatient, operating room and hospitalization infrastructures to meet the demand for private healthcare in the Barcelonès Nord and Maresme regions.
This project is developed in five floors above ground level that house 72 single rooms (8 of them suites), 6 operating rooms, 6 ICU boxes, 12 REA boxes, 10 surgical day hospital rooms, 36 consultation rooms, 2 endoscopy rooms and a complete diagnostic imaging area with a full range of equipment: MRI, CT, conventional radiology, ultrasound, mammography, densitometry and orthopantomography.
As for medical emergencies, the new Quirónsalud Badalona hospital will have an area of more than 600 square meters, separating the adult and pediatric emergency areas.
It will be fully operational in September and is expected to receive 15,000 visits per year. It is a state-of-the-art center with 100% digitalization, which allows access to services through a mobile application.
In this way, the new Quirónsalud Badalona hospital will offer a broad portfolio of services thanks to the provision of cutting-edge equipment that will meet the most demanded specialties with multidisciplinary units to provide comprehensive and highly responsive care to patients, which defines it as a leading center in terms of digitization and sustainability.
After successfully completing the structure last May, progress is being made on the different types of facilities that will provide basic services for the entire Gran Montecelo hospital complex.
A total of 90,000 m2 of built surface area will house 720 beds, serving more than 300,000 inhabitants.
The efficiency parameters of the Novo Montecelo project will be certified according to the BREEAM methodology (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology), which makes it a national and international benchmark in sustainable construction, achieving a 73.4% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 30% reduction in water consumption, among others, compared to a benchmark hospital building.
This is a milestone in Panamanian construction since it is the first time that a construction company has applied this construction method.
Thanks to its use by Grupo Puentes, the La Pesa viaduct in La Chorrera is progressing according to plan.
The second phase of the construction of the La Chorrera viaduct continues with the concreting of a new wing section, the second to be executed with a specialized trolley. The milestones foreseen in the execution of the future Corredor de las Playas, which will link the towns of La Espiga and El Espino, have thus been reached. Through 32.65 km of first class infrastructure.
The project consists of the rehabilitation and widening of 5 km of the Pan-American Highway, of which this 1,750 m long viaduct is part. This structure will bridge the most heavily trafficked section, with 6 lanes for long-distance travel and 4 lanes running under the viaduct for local vehicle flow. Two road interchanges will also be built at different levels.
The execution of the deck consists of 2 clearly differentiated phases: in the first phase, the core of the section (type “U” with central upper slab) is executed, using portal formwork, while, in the second phase, both the cantilevers of the cross section, consisting of prefabricated props, and the cantilever slab over them are executed.
Since September, 11 spans have already been concreted with portal formwork. The execution of the wings marks the start of the second phase. Work is progressing according to plan, with the first pouring of the wing carriage having been completed on May 26, 2005, and the second on May 9, 2005.
The winged trolley is an auxiliary means of construction that had not been used in Panama until now, which is a significant development in the region. Among other advantages, it acts as a collective protection measure to prevent workers from falling to different levels and minimizes the impact on traffic during the construction phase by not having to interrupt the passage of vehicles underneath it. This method allows progress to be made with a yield of 3 sections of 12m in length each week once the trolley reaches optimum performance.
The La Chorrera Viaduct is divided into 41 spans with an average length of 43 m each, a total deck width of 26.50 m and a constant 3.50 m edge. At the head of the piers there are pendular bearings, which absorb seismic loads with better results than conventional neoprene bearings.
The Minister of Public Works, Jessica López, accompanied by the Undersecretary of Health Care Networks, Fernando Araos, and the Mayor of Cauquenes, Nery Rodríguez, presided over a ceremony which officially began the construction of the Maule Hospital Network. The event took place on the grounds of the future Cauquenes Hospital. This hospital complex, together with those to be built in the municipalities of Constitución and Parral (the latter is also in the construction phase), make up the concession contract for the execution, repair, conservation and operation of the “Maule Network”, with an expected investment of 600MM€.
This hospital network will add to the region a total of 368 beds in 11,7,700m2 to be completed by 2025 thanks to the work of nearly 600 people. Grupo Puentes has the capacity and experience to build hospital complexes in record time, as it did when it completed the Los Ceibos Hospital in Ecuador, the largest in the country with 83,000m2, in just 12 months.
The Cauquenes Hospital will serve the demand of the municipalities of Cauquenes, Chanco and Pelluhue, with an estimated potential beneficiary population of 66,000 people, most of whom live in rural areas and travel long distances to other medical facilities.
The new Cauquenes Hospital, which will represent an investment of close to US$90 million, will have a total of 40,800 m2 distributed over three floors above ground and two below ground, and will have a capacity for 136 beds, 3 operating rooms, 25 consulting rooms, an emergency department, diagnostic and therapeutic support services, and administrative and industrial support to successfully meet the demand for health care in the area.
With a surface area of 30,000 square metres, the centre promoted by Ascires Grupo Biomédico in Valencia will be equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology for the detection and treatment of complex pathologies. The new hospital will focus on the specialities of Cardiology and Neurology, and will include medical areas in which Ascires is a pioneer, such as Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Genetics.
Two patient associations took part in the social and health meeting held to mark the start of the hospital’s construction, as a symbolic representation of the more than 90 patient groups with which Ascires collaborates through its QUAES Foundation. Both entities have played a leading role in this start of construction of the Biomedical Hospital, where the patient is at the centre of the activity.
Grupo Puentes awarded the contract for the construction of the Biomedical Hospital in Ascires, Valencia.
Ascires Grupo Biomédico has awarded Grupo Puentes the construction of a 30,307m2 hospital, of which 19,181m2 are distributed over 7 floors above ground and 11,126m2 over three floors below ground. The construction period is 24 months, starting on 1 December 2022. In terms of technology and number of patients treated annually, Ascires is the pioneering biomedical group in Spain in Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, as well as a leader in Radiation Oncology. This new hospital in Valencia is a constructive challenge given the extraordinary complexity of its facilities which include: The hospital is highly complex and is equipped with 70 individual rooms with the following clinical services: 7 conventional operating theatres +1 hybrid operating theatre with MRI, 3 linear accelerators, 2 MRI magnetic resonance imaging, 2 CT scanners, 1 conventional X-ray, 2 PET, 2 haemodynamic rooms, 12 post-anaesthesia recovery stations, 10 ICU BOX +1 isolated BOX A new challenge in the construction of hospitals, both in terms of complexity and execution time, for Grupo Puentes
Grupo Puentes has been awarded the contract for the construction of the new Outpatients’ Department building at the Torrecárdenas University Hospital in Almería.
The Andalusian Regional Government, through the Andalusian Health Service (SAS), has awarded the contract for the construction of the new outpatient outpatients’ building at the Torrecárdenas de Almería university complex to the joint venture Puentes y Calzadas Infraestructuras SL, Lirola Ingeniería y Obras Sociedad Limitada;
The new volume will have a total usable area of 9,385.54 square metres distributed over seven floors plus a further 2,213.59 square metres of circulations
Concreting of the first span of the Chorrera viaduct on the Corredor de las Playas (Panama).