May 16, 2020

Construction projects for Dubai’s Expo 2020 initiative reach $42.5bn

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Sophie Chapman
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US$42.5bn of construct projects are currently underway in Dubai, UAE – designed for the nation’s Expo 2020.

The top 10 of the project amount to $32...

US$42.5bn of construct projects are currently underway in Dubai, UAE – designed for the nation’s Expo 2020.

The top 10 of the project amount to $32.7bn, accounting for almost 77% of the total, according to a BNC Network report.

The infrastructure and energy industries are constructing $17.4bn worth of projects, whilst housing construction comprises of $13.2bn of the total.

The BNC Construction Intelligence report claims that hospitality projects – such as hotels and theme parks – are costing $11bn.

The renovations being made on Phase One of the Al Maktoum International Airport are worth $8bn.


Villages at Dubai South homes have been valued at $6.8bn, whilst the Dubai Exhibition City is coting $6.6bn.

The extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line is expected to cost the city $2.9bn.

“Attractions such as Dubai Parks and Resorts [and] IMGWorlds of Adventure, among others have already been added to the growing number of attractions to Dubai; [these will] retain tourists for longer period and help the tourism industry to thrive,” commented Avin Gidwani, CEO of BNC Network.
“As is evident from the hectic construction activities, Expo 2020 projects have kept Dubai’s construction sector busy which have a knock-on positive impact on the overall economy.”

“This in turn will help the economy and the consumption stable. The number of construction cranes and the workers has gone up significantly within Dubai South – where the Expo 2020 village will be located.”
“Once completed, Dubai South and Dubai as a whole, will become another integrated, sustainable city that will have [DWC] as its centrepiece.”

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Jun 18, 2021

China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours

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Broad Group, a private manufacturing enterprise located in China has constructed a 10-storey steel apartment in 28 hours

The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”. 

A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.


Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce. 

Broad Group’s “Living Building” system

Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said. 

As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption. 

Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness. 

Other Broad Group projects 

Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built. 

In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days. 


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