Lucios is building an aeronautics factory in the amount of 7,2 million euros in Évora | in

Lucios has already began the construction of a factory for the production of aeronautics components in Évora, for the French company Mecachrome. This project is worth 7,2 million euros.

The investment of Mecachrome Aeronáutica in Évora is 30 million euros and was announced in August of last year, along with the expected creation of 350 jobs. The contract was awarded to the Portuguese company, at the end of last year, and the construction is currently in progress.

The factory will be located at Parque Aeronáutico de Évora, will have a gross area of 13.500 m2 and must be completed at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016.

“This undertaking is based on the construction of a two-floor administrative block, located west from the industrial warehouse and a social block, east from the factory, where there will be the employees’ kitchen, cafeteria, locker and shower rooms, and also a training centre”, explained Lucios’ administrator, Luís Machado.

In addition to construction, the Portuguese company is also designing the project and selecting the most adequate architectonic solutions. For instance, ecological systems will be installed “with the ultimate goal of focusing on a sustainable development, using renewable energy and other natural resources”, the administrator stated.

The factory will have photovoltaic solar panels for electric energy production, low-current consumption and recharging electric car batteries, and also thermal solar panels for water heating. The low-energy consumption LED lighting will be favoured.

Lucios, whose offices locate in Portugal, France, Brazil and Mozambique, has reinforced its investment in industrial projects of this kind. Lucios has recently assumed to be working for companies like Unicef, Indasa and Generis.
Mecachrome is investing for the second time in a project of this kind, as the company is already operating an aeronautics production unit in Setúbal.


Porto is having another hotel this year | in Publituris

The historical centre of Porto will have another hotel. The project, a four-star unit, arises from the rehabilitation and expansion of a building in the riverfront and will be managed by Lucios.

The inauguration is scheduled for 2015 and this hotel unit will have 56 rooms, distributed along five floors for the accommodation of more than 100 guests.

Luís Machado, administrator of Lucios, said in a press release that “the hotel’s main entrance and restaurant entrance will be at Rua Infante Dom Henrique. In this floor there will also be an access passage to four rear bedrooms, facing an English patio with a garden.”

According with that same source, the remaining bedrooms will be distributed between the first and fifth floor: “There will be 14 bedrooms in the first three floors, making a total of 42. The fourth floor will have eight bedrooms. There will be two rooms in the fifth floor with a view over the marginal road of Vila Nova de Gaia”, he said.

As to parking, several partnership possibilities are being studied in order for more convenience for hotel users.

Note that over the last years Lucios was responsible for the construction of five hotel units in the historical area of Porto.

“We have taken the first steps from building rehabilitation to hotel construction with Interncontinental Palácio das Cardosas, inaugurated in 2011, followed by Moov Hotel Porto Centro, Porto Lounge hostel & Guest House and, recently, Hotel Descobertas and NH Collection Porto Batalha”, stated Luís Machado.


Lucios is building Hotel Almalusa | in Publituris

Hotel Almalusa is the name of the now boutique hotel to be built at Praça do Município, Lisbon.

Lucios, in charge for this project, stated that this unit emerges from the conversion of a building and the works be executed until April 2015.

Filipe Azevedo, administrator of Lucios, stated in a press release that the unit in Lisbon and Hotel do Heroísmo, in Porto “make ten hotels in our portfolio in four years only. This is the proof that our know-how and the quality of our works are recognized within the hotel business market.”

As found by Publituris, the company Rebelo de Andrade will be in charge of the architecture project, as this is a hotel with four floors, plus three for apartments. Overall, there will be 28 rooms and three two-bedroom apartments, each with about 100 m2.

Lucios’ works will cost one million euros and will be completed in April 2015.

“The higher floors are for apartments, thereby taking advantage of the building rationality and creating well-defined, well-structured, clear and functional areas, in residential and hotel business terms”, stated Lucios, adding that the apartments “will be designed based on the integration with the unit and may be traded like real estate property and/or for hotel exploitation”.

As to the hotel, “there will be natural light in each room for increased serenity, allowing the combination between history and contemporary times, in a way that comfort, decorative language and functional effectiveness are exemplary but uncompromised, benefiting from the best of each universe.”

On the other hand, public areas “will be the unit entrance, reception area, lounge and breakfast and meal areas, access to higher floors and service areas, under a cosmopolitan concept and atmosphere.”


Lucios gains 1,2 million euros project in Minho | in Sol

The Portuguese company Lucios was selected by Refer to ensure the project for the elimination of four level crossings in Linha do Minho, Barcelos.

The project is quoted in 1,2 million euros and the constructor expects the works to be completed in November of this year. This is the first work of the Lucios for this segment.

This project intends to “increase the security and accessibility of this area, as well as to increase the effectiveness of the exploitation of the section Nine-Viana of Linha do Minho”, stated the company in a press release.

“This works encompasses the construction of a lower roadway and pedestrian passage, as well as a higher agriculture passage for the increase of security and visibility that are affected by the excessive speeds, therefore harming the visibility and viewing of trains”, explained Filipe Azevedo, the administrator of Lucios.

As to the technical execution, Filipe Azevedo highlights some work specificities: “At the execution level, the two lower passages will be made via the sliding induced by hydraulic pressure with the implementation of a temporary track suspension system. The higher passage will be built with a prefabricated tray”, he explained.

Currently, Lucios has 40 ongoing or about to start projects in the amount of 70 million euros.



Low cost rehabilitation: Constructors are back to life | in Dinheiro Vivo

The low-cost rehabilitation has made an achievement in only one month: to revive some of the constructors there were in a coma due to the crisis. The impact of the new exceptional rehabilitation regime has simplified the technical requirements for the restoration of buildings with more than 30 years old is already felt in the operation of some constructors, stated Filipe Azevedo, the administrator of Lucios – Engenharia e Construção (responsible for projects like Hotel Intercontinental Palácio das Cardosas and the ongoing rehabilitation of Edifício Castilho in Lisbon). And this regime is attracting investors that had already quit on planned interventions due to their excessive costs.

“Some interventions in historical buildings were almost impractical due to the requirements of new buildings. In business terms, they were not worth it”, explained Filipe Azevedo, who classifies the new law as “the largest contribute to rehabilitation in Portugal.” There were issues like the dimensions of the stairway enclosure, that are not equal for old buildings, which was leading to building a new stairway enclosure or to cutting buildings open for placing elevators.

The truth is that the approval of the new low-cost requalification law itself was enough to attract investors. “We have examples of two potential investors that had already made their surveys for their interventions and that backed out because the costs were really high. And now they are back, asking for a new project assessment”, he stated, explaining that the reduction of costs arising from the new law reaches 40%. Any operation in the historical centre of cities “is easier nowadays, less time consuming and less expensive, which are three key factors to the analysis made by any investor to any operation”.

With more than 30 million of euros gained in 2013, this market segment is worth 60% of Lucios turnover in Portugal (almost 51 million euros last year). Filipe Azevedo admits the tendency is to reinforce these numbers. “With less opportunities among other areas, the rehabilitation will rise”, he noted.

The constructor is expecting a turnover of 54 to 55 million euros this year. The goal is to “maintain the average dimension” of the company at approximately 50 million euros. But, on the other hand, the external markets will rise and will be worth 20 to 25 million dollars at the end of the year against the 7 to 8 million of 2013. Also, despite Lucios’ internationalization process has begun only two years ago, in Mozambique, Filipe Azevedo stated that four to five years from now this market will surpass the Portuguese market.

Internationalization and diversification.

France, Lucios already has a Branch, is another bet. The goal is that in three years this market where the constructor is making their first contract – a rehabilitation in the amount of 12 million euros – is worth 20 to 25 million euros annually. With 290 workers in Portugal and 90 in Mozambique, Lucios is diversifying its destinations. Filipe Azevedo said that he is “especially focused” on Algeria, where they have presented “many proposals”, and Ghana, where it is taking its first steps.

In Portugal? The constructor’s administrator has said that he is “unaware” if Portugal is continuing to offer the opportunities in matter of public works and private investors to keep the operation dimension. And he assumes his difficulty in predicting the events for more than two years. “We have more than 70 million euros of works in our portfolio, which grants us with work for the next 18 months. I would never have predicted this only half year ago. For the last year and a half, we have never gone beyond ten to 12 months of work granted”, he noted. The future of Lucios is not just about construction. Filipe Azevedo has recognized that “The growth in areas other than civil construction is essential, hence our investment in business diversification”. The “opportunities linked to tourism in Portugal” are being analysed, but our most recent focus is the construction of a bottled water factory in Mozambique that will be inaugurated in June.

The investment of 3 million dollars results from a partnership with more four partners. That is why Filipe Azevedo is not going into details, namely concerning the water brand. Instead, he highlights that the new factory will locate 50 kms from Maputo and will allow the creation of about forty new jobs.

In Dinheiro Vivo