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Emblematic references

Amongst the many projects carried out by the OHL Group over more than one hundred years of history are certain emblematic works in terms of size, complexity, technical innovation or social scope. This section gathers a non-exhaustive catalogue of some of these activities.

Toluca International Airport. Mexico

OHL Concesiones began its activity at Toluca International Airport (AIT) in 2006 with a huge exploitation plan, including a concession to operate all airport, complementary and commercial services for a 50 year term.


A-6 Northwestern Highway, Ambasmestas-Castro/Lamas Section. Spain

Works on 8.5 kilometers along the new route of the Ambasmestas-Castro/Lamas section, A-6 highway, between Madrid and La Coruña, were completed in 2001. This has become a reference project due to the large economic sum involved, its modern design, highly difficult technique- derived from huge geological and hydrogeological issues-, the application of large-scale and cutting-edge technological solutions and the high quality of the end product.

Mexiquense Beltway. Mexico

The Mexiquense Beltway is being executed for the government of the State of Mexico. OHL Concesiones is leading this four-stage project, covering a total of 155 km, under the management of Concesionaria Mexiquense, S.A de C.V.


Reina Sofía Breakwater. Port of Las Palmas. Spain

Reina Sofía Breakwater is the main shelter of Gran Puerto de La Luz in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In 1927, SATO, now a member of the OHL Group as a subsidiary specializing in maritime works, began its port activities with works on the then new shelter dyke; sixty years later, in 1991, it again participated to carry out extension works.

Edificio Baluarte

Baluarte Building. Spain

The city of Pamplona hosts cutting-edge installations in scientific research and medicine. Over the last ten years, it has revamped the historical center with various unique buildings, to include the Baluarte Building, a conference hall and public auditorium located next to a XVII Century Renaissance tower.

Edificio Satelite. Terminal T4. Barajas

Satellite Building. T4 Terminal. Barajas. Spain

The start-up of Terminal 4 in Madrid-Barajas in February 2006 ha enabled the airport of Spain’s capital city to double its capacity to 70 million passengers/year. Two independent buildings, designed by the architects Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers, have allowed more flow in disproportionate air traffic generated by low-cost airlines.

Gran Hotel Meliá Palacio de Isora

Gran Hotel Meliá Palacio de Isora. Spain

During the first ten years of the XXI Century, the island of Tenerife has experimented an unprecedented improvement in hotel accommodation. By inaugurating different luxury hotels, adapted to each traveller’s needs and introducing the latest technology and comfort, this paradise island in the Atlantic has become a reference quality destination.

Muelle de Minerales Marcelino León "El Musel"

Marcelino León "El Musel" Minerals Wharf. Spain

Gijón is one of Spain’s main northern ports. Located in Asturias, its main port, in the historical center, and El Musel- a few kilometers away- were already mapped as important navigation points in XVI Century documents. Since 1907, El Musel is a key point in the mining and coal business of the iberian peninsula.

Hospital "Doctor Negrín". Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España

Doctor Negrín Hospital. Spain

Construction of the Doctor Negrín Hospital in Gran Canaria, completed in 1999, may be considered a reference project due to its size, high quality, range of hospital services, uniquely functional architecture and incorporation of the latest technology in surgical and hospital care; it is also at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in hospital construction.

Complejo de Irian Jaya (Indonesia)

Irian Jaya Complex. Indonesia

Between 1992 and 1995 OHL built a large infrastructure complex in Irian Jaya, on the western side of former New Guinea, Indonesia. The activities executed are notable for their volume, complexity, difficult climatic and geographical conditions- the worksite was located in the jungle- and the large amount of human and material resources used.

Laboratorio de luz sincrotón ALBA

ALBA synchrotron light laboratory. Spain

There are few infrastructures as challenging as a synchrotron (a radiofrequency generated electron accelerator), in architectural and engineering terms. Inside, these negative load particles circulate at almost light speed, aided by magnetic fields.

Mayakoba. Mexico

The Mayakoba Project, which began its development stage in 1994, involves the construction of a luxury tourist complex different from traditional hotels; preservation of the environment has prevailed, in order to take advantage of environmental goods and services in the ecosystems involved in a rational, intelligent, sustainable and scientific-based manner.

Hotel Meliá Cancún. México

Hotel Meliá Cancún. Mexico

Construction of this hotel, located in Boulevard Kukulcán (Cancún) between the Nichupte lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean was completed by OHL in 1993 after 21 months’ work, for the Sol-Meliá chain. This hotel, one of the many luxury hotels in this privileged peninsula, is particularly important due to its architecture and majestic presence, harmonious composition and solutions offered by its original and varied types of space. 

West Light Rail Lines. Spain

In 2006, OHL Concesiones embarked on its railway infrastructure line of business with the award in July of two urban lines in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. These lines, covering a total of 22 kilometers, constitute the West Light Rail Line network and provide service to the municipalities of Boadilla del Monte and Pozuelo de Alarcón, in one of Madrid’s most rapidly growing areas.

Pabellón de España en la Expo 2000. Hannover. Alemania

Spain Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover. Germany

The pavilion, inaugurated on 1 June 2000 at EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany, was conceived to represent Spain under the Knowledge and Solidarity motto; the message sent followed the general principles of the competition: environmentally-friendly architecture, both in construction processes and in the choice of materials, enabling the stand to be unassembled at the end of the exhibition or even transferred elsewhere, without generating non-recycled waste.

Palacio de los Deportes. Santander. España

Palacio de los Deportes. Spain

This highly original project, completed in 2003, was designed by the Julián Franco Arquitectos studio. High technology was applied to its complex and unique construction and modern installations, incorporating solutions that were risky in appearance and making a valuable contribution to architectural culture.

Planta de Fenol-Acetona de Cepsa Química. Huelva. España

Phenol-Acetone Plant of Cepsa Química. Spain

This plant, with capacity of 250,000 tons/year  (t/year) of phenol and 155,000 t/year of acetone, is located in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva). Universal Oil Products took over the basic engineering of all plant units (oxidation, concentration, decomposition, ionic change, etc.), except for the fractioning unit designed by the Joint Venture (UTE) Ecolaire-Intecsa.

Parque de almacenamiento de carbón. A Coruña. España

Coal storage park. Spain

This huge coal storage park is located in Muelle del Centenario, Port of A Coruña, in privileged surroundings, visible from nearly any point in the city. The object of the project was to work with “clean” coal, i.e. a closed-circuit transportation and storage installation that avoided opencast discharge and the consequent emission of dust particles towards the city.

Presa de Algar. Valencia. España

Algar Dam. Spain

The dam, completed in March 2000, is located along the Palancia River, in the municipality of Algar de Palancia (Valencia). Its composition is mixed, with two clearly differentiated units: a gravity body (concrete) that accommodates the spillway and other drainage components, and a loose material dyke on the right support, waterproofed with dense asphaltic material. It is the first project of this kind to be executed in Spain with this type of waterproofing.

Presa del Val. Zaragoza. España

Val Dam. Spain

This large dam, which began operating in 2001, is located in Val River valley, practically where it joins the Queiles River and just a few meters upstream from the village of Los Fayos (Zaragoza). The works include a transfer of water from the deeper Queiles River to the Val River, which runs along a flatter valley with a suitable closure to construct a dam. In other words, one of the rivers supplies the water and the other provides a collecting valley.

Arcos Alconétar Bridge. Spain

Just a few kilometers away from the Spain-Portugal border, in the province of Cáceres, is the Arcos de Alconétar bridge. Located over the Tagus River, a few steps away from the Alcántara reservoir, it is part of the A-66 highway route. With a length of 400 meters, it has two twin steel and concrete structures, which together weigh more than 4,350 tons.

Puente Internacional sobre el Río Guadiana, Ayamonte. Huelva. España

International Bridge over the Guadiana River. Spain

This bridge, 2 kilometers away from the Guadiana River outfall, is part of the road link between Spain and Portugal close to the Spanish town of Ayamonte (Huelva) and the Portuguese town of Castro Marim (Algarve).Completed in 1991, after nearly four years’ work, the bridge covers a total of 666 meters between supports, a width of 18 m and a height of 20 m above water in its middle section.

Port of Alicante. Spain

The Port of Alicante began a series of steps to update and increase its activity, responding to the huge increase in maritime traffic expected from a growing European Union, the development of North African countries and the growth in short-distance maritime transport promoted by the European Union.

Reconstrucción y ampliación del Gran Teatro del Liceo. Barcelona. España

Reconstruction and extension of Gran Teatro del Liceo. Spain

The original Liceo, built by the architect Miquel Garriga i Roca, was inaugurated on 4 April 1847 and was based on standard Italian-style theaters, with a horseshoe-shaped Hall. With its orchestra section and six floor, it became the largest theatre of its time. However, the theater that burnt down in 1994 differed from the original one due to works undertaken to repair damage caused by another fire in 1861, which slightly changed the shape, ornamentation and lighting of the Hall.

Autopista Urbana Norte. México

Liquefied Natural Gas Regasification Terminal in the Bay of Biscay. Spain

The project, completed by the OHL Group in 2003, covers 230,000 square meters in the Port of Bilbao, Bay of Biscay, and has involved the construction of a regasification plant with emission capacity of 2.7 billion cubic meters (Bcm) of liquefied natural gas and an electricity plant that will use an 800 mW natural gas combined cycle.

Edificio Torres Blancas. Madrid. España

Torres Blancas Building. Spain

This residential building, constructed between 1961 and 1968, is considered the best example of Spanish organic architecture of the time. For many, it is one the greatest pieces of organic architecture in the world. It is a masterpiece designed by Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza, together with Juan Daniel Fullaondo and Rafael Moneo, who then belonged to this prestigious architecture studio.

San Pedro Tunnel. Spain

Spain is making a huge investment in high-speed railway infrastructures. Since 1992, when the first High-Speed Line in Spain was inaugurated between Seville and Madrid, the network has been gradually extended, linking the capital city to various points in Peninsular Spain. One of the key projects in this extension plan was to connect Madrid to Northwestern Spain (Castilla y León, Asturias and Galicia), where huge geographical obstacles had to be surmounted, due to various mountainous areas and …

Hotel W (Vela) de Barcelona

Vela Hotel. Spain

Hotel W Barcelona, most commonly known as the Vela Hotel, has become one of Barcelona’s reference buildings since the very day it was inaugurated, on 1 October 2009. Located next to the new mouth of the harbor, along the Mediterranean Sea, it has completed one of the renovations involved in the 1992 Olympic Games: the Barceloneta beach. The building, approximately 100 meters high, has already become part of Barcelona’s skyline.

Túnel de Juan Carlos I, Vielha. Cataluña. España

Juan Carlos I Tunnel, Vielha. Spain

The Arán Valley is located at the northeastern point of Catalonia, just a few kilometers away from the French border. This new tunnel is 5,230 m. long and 14 m. wide, and is linked through 12 cross-wise galleries, with two ventilation stations and security and fire-fighting niches 200 m. apart. Furthermore, it has been fitted with the latest comprehensive installations and equipment.


Ezeiza-Cañuelas Highway. Argentina

Since 1993, the concessionaire company Autopista Ezeiza - Cañuelas, S.A. (AECSA) has been in charge of the construction, improvement, repair, conservation, extension, remodeling, maintenance, administration and exploitation of the Riccheri Entrance.