What's going on at Implenia? An overview of progress on some of our key projects across Europe.
TUNNEL NAMING CEREMONY IN BERLIN
A tunnel naming ceremony in October 2022 marked the start of drilling for the expansion of power cables in Berlin, which will provide a reliable, environmentally friendly and economical electricity supply. Implenia is responsible for the construction of the new western section of the 380-kV power line. The tunnel is called “Franziska” – after Berlin’s Mayor, Franziska Giffey, who attended the ceremony des Tunnels.
Linking Stockholm and the suburb of Lidingö, Implenia is building Sweden’s longest tram bridge, including lanes for pedestrians and cyclists. The “Lilla Lidingöbron” bridge stretches 750 metres across an inlet, connecting the island to the city centre. The first phase – opening for pedestrians and cyclists – was completed in October 2022. The full construction will be opened in 2023.
Implenia and WindWorks Jelsa (WWJ) have signed a declaration of intent for the construction of a facility that will produce concrete foundations for floating offshore wind farms in Europe. The large-scale plant is to be built in Jelsa, on Norway’s west coast. Implenia’s contribution to the partnership will include its technical expertise in the series production of concrete substructures, foundations and solutions.
After a construction period lasting just a year, the temporary laboratory at Campus Irchel was handed over to the client in September 2022. The construction of the Functional Genomics Center Zurich (FGCZ), a research and training platform run jointly by the University of Zürich (UZH) and ETH Zürich, offers space for 80 lab staff and all their scientific equipment across a total area of around 3,000 square metres.
As part of its “Léman 2030” programme, Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) is expanding its inter-city services between Lausanne and Geneva, and its commuter service in Vaud. A key element is the new overpass between Prilly-Malley and Renens, which Implenia built for the SBB. Thanks to this viaduct, trains can now cross the neighbouring tracks without coming into conflict with other trains. The viaduct was opened in September 2022.
Construction work on the “Varberg Expansion”, a rail project on the west coast of Sweden, has been ongoing since June 2018. The contract includes around nine kilometres of track, level crossings, new bridges and a new station and goods station. A tunnel is being constructed under the centre of Varberg for the project. Blasting work was completed in early November 2022, allowing concrete work to begin. Completion is planned for January 2025.