Jessica Tabinor Architect
2018 has seen some ambitious construction projects come to life, from stadiums to Parliament, these are the top construction feats to keep an eye on this year…
Tottenham Hotspur’s new 62,000-seater stadium is beginning to emerge above the brick buildings which have lined White Hart Lane for decades. Due to complete in summer 2018, the stadium has embarked on some challenging projects such as lifting its 600-tonne roof onto the building. Thankfully the ambitious procedure was completed without complication! To add to its unique features, the building will include a five-story glass atrium and a single tier of seats to create its very own ‘wall of sound’ which will seat fans closer to the pitch than any other stadium of its size. Another unique feature is its 40 meter high ‘Sky Lounge’ bar offering panoramic views of the pitch from behind glass (for those people who want to attend a football match without actually attending a football match)!
To find out more about the new stadium, click here.
The Elizabeth Tower which is home to Big Ben fell silent in the summer of 2017 to undergo a major conservation project. It had been over 31 years since the last extensive works were carried out to maintain the Elizabeth Tower and problems were identified with the clock hands, mechanism and pendulum, which need to be dealt with immediately to ensure that the clock can continue to work properly.
The contract for the work has been awarded to Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and is expected to be completed by 2021 costing a staggering £61m.
Visit our dedicated Sir Robert McAlpine website to find out about the jobs in your area.
Overseen by the construction firm Mace, phase two of Battersea Power Station is currently under construction with the iconic chimneys already reconstructed.
As the cornerstone of the entire Battersea Power Station regeneration project, the Power Station will include 250 new retail, food and beverage units as well as a 2,000 capacity events venue, a chimney lift experience, a six-acre park and riverside walk, enabling the Power Station to be opened to the public to enjoy for the first time.
The Power Station building will also provide 500,000 sq. ft. of new office space and will be home to Apple’s new London Campus. The £9bn redevelopment of the 42-acre site includes a new tube station, new river bus service, over 3 million sq. ft. of commercial space, including 1.25 million sq. ft. of office space and over 4000 homes. (Image sourced via bpsestates.co.uk)
The 73-mile railway line under development in London and the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex continues to grow. It will connect 40 stations with an estimated cost of £14.8 billion and completion planned for 2020. It is believed that the first phase of the ambitious project will go into service in 2018… watch this space.
To find out more about rail jobs in London, click here.
HS2 is the largest infrastructure project in Europe and aims to bridge the north-south divide to build a country that works together. It involves building 345 miles of new high-speed track which will connect the city centres of London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.
Construction is starting on Phase One which will link London and Birmingham by 2026. Phase Two will run from the West Midlands to Manchester in the west and Leeds in the east completing the network by 2033.
Morson operations director Adrian Adair discusses where the workforce of 24,000 needed to deliver HS2 will come from… click here to find out more. Or, visit our dedicated HS2 blog for the latest news and opportunities on the project.
Rising 50 storeys, the ultra-modern AYKON London One tower will stand out as a new icon on the London city skyline. Stone, terracotta and glass come together in a fresh and distinctive world-class design to create an inspiration in luxury living, inside and out. The building comprises of a grand lobby, residents lounge, rooftop gardens, gymnasium, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, cinema, children’s play area and à la carte restaurant.
Nestled in the heart of new London, where a multi-billion-pound investment is dramatically transforming the area into an ultra-modern residential and internationally significant business district, set to become a new centre for arts and culture in the capital. In addition, the new Northern Line extension and the Crossrail project further enhance its strong transport links with the rest of London.
(Image sourced via damacproperties.com)