CHINA Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design the M+ Museumin Hong Kong. The planned single-building, 880,900-sq-ft art museum will be located in the city's West Kowloon Cultural District. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017. The project's cost is estimated at $642 million. West Kowloon Cultural District, Floor 29, Tower Six, The Gateway, Nine Canton Rd., Tsim Shia Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. DR#13-00490207.
INDIA Flavor and fragrance maker Takasago is building a flavors and fragrances manufacturing and research facility in Tamil Nadu. The 1,394-sq-ft facility will feature laboratories to create flavors and store raw materials. Construction of the estimated $10-million project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2013 and be completed in 2015. Takasago International, 215 Pandan Loop, Singapore. DR#13-00548673.
NIGERIA Shell has announced plans for the Trans Niger Pipeline Loop Line in Nigeria's eastern Niger delta. A loop of the existing Trans Niger Pipeline, the new $1.5-billion pipeline will pass through a swampy area in which more of the pipeline will be submerged. The new pipeline will be protected by a stronger intruder-detection technology than the existing pipeline has. The pipeline project is expected to begin by October 2013 and be completed in 2015. Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd., Plot 641, Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria. DR#13-00565907.
PHILIPPINES Construction is expected to begin in 2014 on the 12-story Richmonde Hotel in Iloilo. The estimated $200-million project will include three floors of office space and 151 guest rooms on the remaining eight floors. Plans also call for a restaurant, a business center, a gym and a lap pool, which will have its own bar. The Gettys Group Inc., One E. Erie St., Chicago, DR#13-00555647
QATAR Planning is under way on a 14.4-mile road link between Sharjah City and the port of Khorfakkan. This road will bypass the Straits of Hormuz and serve as a major economic link in Qatar. Completion is expected for 2020. The $630-million project calls for five tunnels through the Hajjar Mountains; one 1.6-mile tunnel will take five years to build and, when completed, will be the second-longest tunnel in the United Arab Emirates. Halcrow Group is the civil engineer for the project, and CH2M Hill is serving as the consulting engineer. Halcrow Group Ltd., Sheikha Wafa Al Qasimi Building al Soor St. 2, Al Soor Area, Sharjah, U.A.E. DR#13-00560219.
QATAR The American School of Qatar is planning a K-12 college prepatory school in Doha. The project will include construction of a three-story building, gymnasiums, science labs and art rooms. An existing elementary-school library will be expanded, and existing sports facilities will be replaced. A start date for construction has yet to be determined. Parsons-Qatar, Al Mahar St., Doha, Qatar. DR#13-00568622.
SOUTH AFRICA A joint venture of the Tata Power Co. and Exxaro is in the planning stages for a 56-turbine wind farm in Bedford, Eastern Cape Province. The Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm Project will generate 134 megawatts of electricity. Construction is set to start in the third quarter of 2014, with installation of the 56 turbines to begin in the second quarter of 2015. Completion is expected for 2016. Nordex, The Colosseum, Foyer Three, Floor 105, Century Way, Cape Town, South Africa. DR#13-00551693.
UNITED KINGDOM Design work has been completed and construction is slated to begin in August of this year on the New Ludgate mixed-use development. The 379,000-sq-ft project will include two buildings with office, retail and restaurant space. The project also calls for an open-air plaza and green spaces. Fletcher Priest Architects is the design lead, with Skanska AB acting as owner's agent and consultant on the project. Skanska AB, SE-169 83 Rasundavagen 2, Solna, Sweden. DR#13-00557635
UNITED KINGDOM Design firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has applied to the City of London for planning permission for the U.K. headquarters of Google Inc. in Kings Cross, London. The one-million-sq-ft building is set to be 11 stories tall and will feature restaurant and retail space at the ground level; a rooftop garden also is planned. BAM Construction has been selected to act as the general contractor. Construction is expected to begin in early 2014, and completion is slated for late 2016. BAM Constructon, Breakspear Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hemel, U.K. DR#13-00413571.
UNITED KINGDOM Balfour Beatty is acting as the architect and general contractor for the Providence Tower on New Providence Wharf in London. The estimated $168-million residential project will include a 43-story tower with 343 units and an adjacent 12-story building with 141 units. A health club will be located on the ground level. Work is expected to begin in 2013, and completion is planned for 2015. Balfour Beatty Plc, 130 Wilton Rd., London, U.K. DR#13-00569690.