Saudi’s Qiddiya awards $750m contract to build Middle East’s biggest water park

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) announced that it had awarded a SAR2.8bn ($750mn) contract to build Saudi Arabia’s first water theme park. The park will also be the region’s largest. The contract was awarded to ALEC Saudi Arabia Engineering and Contracting and El Seif Engineering Contracting, a joint venture between the two companies. The park is set to cover some 252,000 square metres of land, and will feature 22 rides and attractions. It will be subdivided into nine different zones inspired by native animals that inhabit the area around Qiddiya: the…

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Portland Museum of Art plans $85m expansion to double its space

PMA’s new building would be designed with sustainable materials, and increase the museum’s size to 100,000 square feet. The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) in Maine is planning an $85m expansion that would more than double the institution’s space with a new building on the site of the former Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Additionally, the existing buildings will be renovated, the Portland Press Herald reports. “Right now, because of our growth, the real risk is not to build,” Portland Museum of Art director Mark Bessire told the publication. “We’re at capacity,” Bessire said. “If museums…

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New life as artistic hub for Birmingham’s Junction Works building

Work has begun to transform a run-down listed building in Birmingham into a new home for artists. Charity Grand Union, which runs a gallery and artist studios in the city, is working with landlord Homes England on the scheme to bring new life back to the grade II Junction Works complex in Digbeth. It has secured £500,000 from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), a further £25,000 from developer Stoford and £150,000 of private funding for phase one of the works. This will see the front part of the building renovated to…

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