Colas in Hungary

After several years of recession, the Hungarian construction sector is taking off again, with a sharp increase in infrastructure projects.

Reputed for their technical expertise and reliability, Colas’ teams in Hungary have been juggling a variety of projects, big and small: highways and roads, urban development, road works and main networks, etc.

Colas in Hungary

Having operated in the country for more than twenty years now, the Group is a major player, both in the production of construction materials and as a builder of infrastructures (new-build and maintenance operations). It has led major high-way projects as well as development projects on a much smaller scale.

From Routes magazine - March 2015

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Hungary

  • Capital :
    Budapest

  • Currency :
    Forint

  • Language :
    Hungarian

Statistics

  • Area

    93000

    km²
  • Population

    9940000

    people
  • Density

    107

    inhabitants/km²
"Colas has consolidated its positions in Central Europe, with its contrasting markets, and significantly increased its work-on-hand via a strategy of careful project selection. Revenue has stabilized following several years of consecutive falls. In Hungary, business has been buoyed by a resurgent roads sector, with a number of highway construction contracts secured."

Thierry Le Roch’, Deputy Managing Director, Central Europe

Colas in Hungary


  • 970

    employees

  • 11

    quarries

  • 1

    gravel pit

  • 2,25

    million tons of aggregates sold

  • 8

    asphalt plants, including 3 equipped to produce foam bitumen

  • 800000

    tons of bitumen produced
“We’ve built a reputation as a company capable of delivering technically complex projects within tight deadlines”

István Sokorai, CEO of Colas Hungária

Five highway projects


  • 5

    highway projects

  • 250

    millions of euros

Five highway projects

Since 2013, Colas' Hungarian subsidiaries have worked on numerous sections of highway, representing a total of €250 million.

Production plant in Nyíregyháza

LEGO, the famous toy manufacturer, chose Nyíregyháza, in the northeast of the country,  as the location for its new production plant. Colas Út was responsible for the roadways  and main networks (access roads, platforms, car lots, etc.) and the installation of a weighbridge.  Colas Alterra was responsible for the pipeline network for wastewater, drinking water, rainwater, wastewater treatment systems, etc. Energy consumption as well as water and waste recycling were priorities in  the design of this new plant, inaugurated in 2014.

Miskolc taps into Biogas

The city of Miskolc has a new biogas plant that uses sewage sludge from the district’s water treatment plants. Colas Alterra was responsible for constructing the two digestion towers,  18 m in diameter and 16 m high. These are tanks that produce biogas via an organic matter fermentation process. Each tower required 650 m3 of concrete. Delivered in September 2014, the plant has been up and running since December 2014.

A facelift for Eger

Located in the north of the country, to the east of the Mátra mountains, the town of Eger  is known for its wines, thermal baths, castle, minaret (a relic  of the Ottoman occupation), churches, etc. In 2014, Colas Út was part of a consortium that carried out an amenity development project in the city, with the rehabilitation of Dobó square and several public spaces in the downtown area. The principal challenge was to retain the baroque charm of a city that attracts crowds of tourists. Colas Út’s teams laid 24,000 m2 of paving stones and replaced and modernized the service networks, lighting system and fountains. 

Renovation of the Centipede Bridge

Located in western Budapest, the Centipede Bridge had not been renovated for more than 40 years.  In a state of considerable disrepair, renovation work was launched in 2014. Once the old bridge had been demolished, teams from Colas Hungária arrived on site to carry out the earthworks, build the substructure for the new bridge, along with a concrete retaining wall, and apply the asphalt mixes. The principal difficulties with this project related to the fact that it was carried out with the road open to traffic, in a restricted space located above the railroad. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2015.