Worldwide presence
The strong international presence of our brands is based on our network of 160 subsidiaries across 80 countries. In Asia and Latin America, for example, where the group has operated for more than half a century, Soletanche Freyssinet subsidiaires are an integral part of the local economic fabric. Our locations close to our markets and our clients are backed by our engineering and major projects teams, which provide global expertise to serve local projects.

News

  • At the heart of Hinkley Point
    Somerset, Royaume-Uni

    Following EDF's decision to invest in Hinkley Point, Nuvia has been taking part in the construction of two EPR type nuclear reactors at the site. Nuvia is working with Rolls Royce to supply turnkey subassemblies for the cooling system treatment process: the primary circuit boron recycling (TEP) and the secondary effluent treatment (TEU) systems. The Nuvia teams have also been awarded a third EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract covering design, manufacture, implementation, certification, installation and commissioning of the Nuclear Sampling System (NSS). The key system is located within the nuclear island and determines the physical-chemical properties of liquid samples to ensure compliance with specifications relating to the quality of water in the primary nuclear circuits and steam generators. The project commenced in June 2017 and will be delivered over a six year period. Nuvia’s expertise in complex multi-discipline design and build projects will be vital to this challenging project.

  • LGV SEA: we did it!
    Tours-Bordeaux, France

    On 2 July 2017, the first passenger train on the new South Europe-Atlantic high-speed rail line (LGV-SEA) in France was put it into operation. This is the occasion to look back on Soletanche Freyssinet's extensive contribution to this mega-project within VINCI Group. Foundations, microtunnel boring machine (MTBM), treatment of karstified land, in-fill and consolidation works, soil improvement solutions, manufacturing stay cables, bridge jacking, heavy lifting, prestressing, supply of equipment, geophysical studies, 3D mapping using Lidar and photogrammetry, geometric review of the line, monitoring the general condition and inspection: among all the group’s business lines, Soletanche Freyssinet contributed extensively to the biggest rail construction project in Europe. As for Terre Armée, the company achieved a world first in the rail sector. Terre Armée innovated by proposing its retaining walls for the first time on rail lines for high-speed trains and succeeding after a rigorous design and approval process with the contracting authority.

  • Piling works to upgrade the Pacific Highway!
    New South Wales, Australia

    This is the biggest regional infrastructure project. The australian team at AFS Bachy Soletanche is delighted Roads and Maritime Services has appointed it to deliver piling works. The local subsidiary won a major piling contract involving installing about 1,100 bored and driven piles for 38 single and 37 twin bridges between the towns of Glenugie and Pimlico. The company has mobilised quickly to the project to ensure piling is completed in areas where the threatened Oxleyan Pygmy Perch breeds before the start of the breeding season between October and April. Fifteen bridges have already been built as part of the Woolgoolga to Glenugie section of the upgrade.

  • Station F Inauguration
    Paris, France

    Station F, the new name of the Halle Freyssinet in Paris, was inaugurated 29 June 2017 at a ceremony attended by President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron and mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo. Designed by Eugène Freyssinet at the dawn of the patented prestressing era, the eponymous building houses the world's biggest startup campus. Included in the supplementary list of historic monuments, it will notably accommodate teams from California's Facebook company. On the rehabilitation project completed in the summer of 2016, Freyssinet was responsible for repairing the concrete on arches, anchors, posts and exterior projecting roofs over a total area of 30,000 sq. metres. The experts also used the cryoblasting technique, an innovative technique using small solid carbon dioxide pellets at a temperature approaching -80°C (dry ice), to clean the concrete.

  • Thomson-East Coast metro line: Soletanche Bachy works on two stations
    Singapour

    As part of the Thomson East Coast Line construction project in Singapore, the joint venture made up of Penta Ocean Construction in association with local Soletanche Bachy subsidiary Soletanche Singapore, Soletanche Bachy International and specialist Soletanche Bachy subsidiary Bessac continued work on the Orchard station in 2017. The station will be a major transit hub. The operations, carried out on the surface and underground in a densely populated urban area and under a busy road artery, required advanced geotechnical expertise. The project's many feats included underpinning of the existing station, boring of an 840 metre long, 6.6 metre diameter dual-tube tunnel between the Orchard and Orchard Boulevard stations and, in a world first, construction of a connecting corridor between the Thomson-East Coast Line and the North-South Line at a depth of 27 metres under the six-lane Orchard Boulevard by installing an 18 tube, 41 metre umbrella arch using a retractable micro-tunnel boring machine.

  • European Spallation Source: Nuvia expertise to support the nuclear technologies of the future
    Czech Republic

    The European Spallation Source (ESS) holds out new prospects for researchers in all scientific disciplines. Every year, two to three thousand guest scientists will conduct experiments there.

    The ESS is a future European centre in Sweden dedicated to scientific research using neutron dispersal techniques. The Czech Republic is an ESS partner. The Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences decided to call on Nuvia, which is already conducting many large projects in the Czech Republic, to bring its expertise and experience to the design, fabrication and installation of primary and intermediate cooling water systems and a ventilation system for the target station. The Nuvia teams are in charge of coordinating the many engineering and fabrication firms involved and ensuring compliance with very stringent technical legislation and requirements applying to experimental nuclear facilities.

  • Dubai Creek Tower: 473 barrettes for the foundations of an outsized tower
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    The future Dubai Creek Harbour destination developed by the Emaar Properties company will epitomise the future habitat and will comprise dozens of high-end residential towers and an extensive shopping area. Designed by Spanish architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava, the Dubai Creek Tower will stand at the heart of the future development. Structurally, the observation tower is a vertical hollow reinforced concrete cylinder and is too tall to be self- supporting at all times. For this reason, the first two-thirds of its height will be supported by cable stays anchored to the ground. The tower foundations are commensurate with its size. They consist of a set of 473 barrettes set under the tower itself and the two cable stay anchor blocks. Soletanche Bachy, which has operated in the United Arab Emirates for 35 years, won the contract to build the tower foundations and retaining structures in June 2016. Thanks to its painstaking preparations, flawless logistics and highly experienced personnel, it delivered the project on time in July 2017, just 12 months after the start of works. This is a flagship project for the Group and for Soletanche Bachy Middle East, Soletanche Bachy International and Zetas, which marshalled 600 people and four Hydrofraise® cutters on the worksite and set a world record by performing tests with a combined load of 36,300 tonnes.

  • The new Mexico City airport: 44 million drains installed in eight months
    Mexico City, Mexico

    The new international airport in Mexico City is the country's largest infrastructure construction project. The airport is being built on the site of a dried-up saltwater lakebed where the ground is made up of clay with water content between 250% and 400%. As part of this project, Menard won the contract to supply and install prefabricated vertical drains under what will become Runway No. 2. The company installed 44 million metres of drains within an eight-month period. This is an all- time record for Menard Mexico. Thanks to the support of various Group entities, the company was able to rapidly assemble 15 operating rigs, some of which can reach depths of 27 metres. To carry out this large-scale project, 150 local employees were trained.
    The project was handed over in the summer of 2017.

An international group

Interview

"GLOCAL" VISION :

CONSOLIDATING OUR LOCAL-GLOBAL MODEL

JAKUB SALONI - Menard

Director, Menard Polska Warsaw, Poland

"Strengthen our roots close to our clients."

Manuel Peltier, Chairman and Chief Executive, Soletanche Freyssinet : Our organisational model is based on our local teams with strong local roots who are highly familiar with their markets and clients. Soletanche Freyssinet's activity is therefore handled by Polish teams in Poland and Mexican teams in Mexico, for example. Client proximity enables the teams to be very responsive. They also handle their own business development, for which they can call on pooled Group support services – including technical, engineering, equipment, product and major projects management expertise – as required.

Jakub Saloni : Where Menard's activity was once driven by major projects, especially in the Middle East, the current momentum in the United States and Europe is driven by regional projects of all sizes. We are careful to firmly strengthen our local roots, to penetrate even deeper into the heart of the markets we operate in, and move closer to our clients. Though it may work for Menard, is Soletanche Freyssinet’s local-global model still relevant in the face of current market evolution, and how can we expand into areas where none of our brands are present?

Manuel Peltier : This model works well, and that’s why we are continuing to strengthen it. Even so, not all of our brands have the same kind of international presence. For each of them, there are still countries or entire geographical regions yet to be conquered. Here too, our Group's strength lies in the fact that it can leverage in-house synergies to step up geographical expansion for some business lines. For example, the Soletanche Bachy and Menard teams worked together to place Menard's operations in Poland on a firm footing. And to this day, Soletanche Bachy, which has long operated in Latin America, is in a good position to help expand all our other business activities there.

Jakub Saloni : In Poland, Menard is now well established as a fully mature company. I think it is important to help the subsidiaries fine-tune their strategic positioning, to keep creating links between our various business activities and entities and to facilitate knowledge-sharing for the benefit of our clients.