Implenia renovates first section of Jakobshorn cable car in Davos
Following general planning, contracts worth over CHF 23 million secured for total services and cable car technology | Build time of just eight months despite structural complexity | Reference project for Implenia in growth market for infrastructure renovations
Dietlikon, 17 April 2014 – After more than 30 years in service, the big white gondolas on the Jakobshorn cable car in Davos completed their final trip before the system was shut down on Tuesday last week. For good reason: the first section of the 1046-metre-long connection between Davos Platz and Ischalp is to be completely renovated. Implenia, already charged with general planning, has now also been appointed total services contractor by the client, Davos Klosters Bergbahnen AG, with responsibility for renovating the existing structure and for replacing the cable car technology (with Garaventa AG). The assignment, worth over CHF 23 million, also includes modernization of both the valley and mountain stations. Waiting times and standards of comfort in the new buildings, which are the work of maurusfrei Architekten AG, have been upgraded to meet the expectations of modern cable car clients. As part of a sustainable solution, heat generated by cable car operations will be used to fuel the building technology in the mountain station. Now that the existing system has been dismantled, Implenia is quickly tackling the next stages in the project. If everything goes to plan, and despite the complexity of the structural work, the new system will be ready to go into service after a build time of just eight months, on cue for the coming winter season. Combining the Group’s accumulated technological expertise from its Buildings as well as its Construction German-speaking Switzerland Business Unit, the project will be an interesting reference for Implenia in the growing infrastructure renovations market.
The new valley and mountain stations have a distinctively self-assured and modern design. Together with the new cabins, which will have double the capacity of the old gondolas and hold 100 passengers, they offer passengers more comfort and convenience, thanks to more space in the waiting rooms and shorter waiting times.
Implenia is Switzerland's leading construction and construction services company. Formed in 2006 from the merger between Zschokke and Batigroup, Implenia can look back on around 150 years of history in the construction industry. The company brings the expertise of its highly skilled Modernisation & Development, Buildings, and Tunnelling & Civil Engineering Sectors, and its Switzerland and Norway Regions under the single roof of a nationally and internationally active company. With its integrated business model and specialists operating in all its divisions, Implenia can manage a building project through its entire lifecycle and deliver work that is economical, integrated and customer-centric. The focus is on striking a sustainable balance between financial success and social and environmental responsibility.
Implenia, with its headquarters in Dietlikon near Zurich, employs more than 6600 people and posted turnover of around CHF 3.1 billion in 2013. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (IMPN, CH0023868554). More information can be found at www.implenia.com.