Tunnel boring beneath a vibrant metropolitan area is always a challenge. Tunneling the new and first subway system in Tel Aviv, Israel’s busiest and most crowded area, without noise or interference from the upward movement is even more challenging and complex. The 23 km light metro Red line (to the first line to be built) will link Petah Tikva city northeast of Tel Aviv with Bat Yam to the south. Shikun Binui – Solel Boneh Infrastructures Ltd. is in charge of construction The Box works of the western section of the Tel Aviv light rail. The western section includes two parallel tunnels of 5 km each (10 km total) and the construction of six underground stations.
Shikun & Binui Group, a part of the Arison Group, is Israel’s leading infrastructure and real estate group, its origins go back 90 years. Shikun & Binui is a global group active in over 20 countries in four continents. The Group is involved in mega projects all over the world worth billions of dollars, characterized by high complexity levels while maintaining the highest performance standard.
Alongside the engineering challenges, there is a major and crucial factor in this big dig mega project. Ehud Danoch, CEO, Shikun & Binui Solel Boneh Infrastructures: “It is a complex project that includes stringent environmental requirements designed to significantly facilitate business owners and residents during the execution of the work”.
Orry Ben-Porath, Shikun & Binui’s VP Sustainability: “We invest a lot of work and resources into stakeholder engagement under the direction of our client NTA. We make sure that we minimize the effects of the massive construction works on the environment and on our surrounding stakeholders”.
There are many interfaces with which it is necessary to be in touch all the time and coordinate steps with them, such as Israel Police, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, NTA, Ayalon Freeway (30 meters above our works), residential buildings around and above the places where the work is being carried out, 5 different local authorities such as Tel Aviv-Jaffa or Ramat-Gan municipalities. This complexity requires technological sensitivities and tools that must be run online with a control room.
Danoch: “Shikun & Binui adopted a vision of Sustainability: ‘to be a leading business group that creates a sustainable advanced living environment in Israel and worldwide, for our own sakes and for future generations’. Shikun & Binui adopted advanced sustainable construction standards, and put emphasis in conducting itself with transparency while cooperating with stakeholders and others”.
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