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Building The Future — 8 Great Global Construction Projects

Posted by Amy Fawkes on April 12th, 2018 in Construction, Distance Learning, Project Management.

Project Management is a dynamic field — few job roles can compete with the excitement of coordinating a large-scale construction project.Shard-Construction-Project

Whether the finished project’s a building, bridge or transport solution, there’s something special about watching an ingenious vision taking shape on a grand scale.

So here are eight great global completed or under- construction projects that are cool, creative and complex.

  1. LA Stadium

Gridiron fans of the LA Rams and Chargers have been watching the spectacular LA Stadium take shape since the ground-breaking ceremony back in November 2016.

The $2.6 billion, 95,000 capacity stadium will be completed by 2020, is shaped like a surging wave and features a 120-yard video screen for replays — so no fan will miss a hard hit or terrific touchdown.

Construction crews have dug 100 feet deep to lay the foundations for the innovative stadium and its ETFE clear plastic roof is being constructed separately and will partially cover the building to create an indoor/outdoor ambience.

  1. Melbourne Metro Rail Project

The AUS $11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project will provide rapid and reliable underground rail transport to Melbourne’s busy commuters and ease pressures on the existing City Loop system when completed in 2025.

Its project management complexities are considerable — the tunnel has an average depth of 45 metres and has been excavated underneath homes, businesses and the Yarra River.

It’s hoped that the Metro will also enhance the city’s reputation as an international business hub — as the iconic Underground has done for London.

  1. Thames Tideway Scheme

The Tideway is a super-sewer that will protect London’s tidal River Thames from pollution for the next century.

At the moment, interceptor sewers in the city’s ageing Victorian system fill up rapidly and overflow straight into the river, but the new system ensures the surplus is diverted into a tunnel instead.

The tunnel has an internal diameter of 24 feet and runs for 25 miles through east, central and west London at depths of up to 230 feet.

  1. Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing spans the River Forth between Fife and Edinburgh in central Scotland and, alongside its cousins the Forth Road and Rail bridges, completes an iconic civil engineering trio.

Designed to ease the burden on the existing road crossing, it features two 650 metre main spans, 122 bridge deck sections and south, north and central towers over 200 metres high.

The longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge looks stunning too, with a sailing-ship silhouette that blends beautifully with its surroundings.

  1. Beijing Daxing International Airport

Construction on the Daxing International Airport began in 2014 and it’s set to open its doors in 2019.

Costing $13.1 billion, it will eventually expand the facility to a 100 million passenger per annum capacity and will connect travellers to the city centre through a new subway line.

Covering 6,600 acres, the airport features seven runways and will become one of the world’s busiest.

  1. The Edge, Amsterdam

The Edge is consulting organisation Deloitte’s global headquarters and is touted as the world’s smartest building.

Staff and visitors are guided to their parking spaces each morning by an app that also keeps track of their schedules, then allocates the perfect workspace for the day’s task.

It’s also the greenest building in the world, with a 98.4% rating from British rating agency BREEAM.

This project proves that it’s possible to imaginatively integrate corporate functionality with eco-centricity.

  1. A14 road upgrade, Cambridgeshire

The A14 upgrade is Britain’s biggest road infrastructure initiative — covering 21 miles of Cambridgeshire’s roads.

Seven miles of the A14 will be widened and the improvements will upgrade the carriageway to three lanes in both directions, with four lanes on each side between Bar Hill and Girton.

Slated for completion by 2021, the final cost will be £1.5 billion, and contractors have attempted to carry out as much work as possible at night to minimise disruptions to daytime traffic.

Completing major roadworks on time is always challenging — especially when it’s not possible to close a road entirely. But the finished route should dramatically improve journey times and traffic flow for commuters and commercial vehicles.

  1. The Shard, London

The architects and engineers behind The Shard didn’t shy away from a construction conundrum — building the tallest tower in Western Europe on top of a London station.

The project featured the pioneering use of top-down core construction, Britain’s biggest ever concrete pour and the world’s first inclined hoist.

The stylish stiletto is now an integral part of the capital’s skyline and it’s easy to forget the building brainteasers its creators had to solve while you’re admiring its aesthetic qualities.

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Amy Fawkes
Hello, my name is Amy and I blog about all things to do with Distance Learning for Anglia Ruskin University. I am based in the beautiful academic city of Cambridge in the UK and love exploring great ways to bring Higher Education to those who cannot study full-time on campus.
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