The Big Ben: Top 10 facts
Architect Ioannis Oikonomou at is hoping to build the longest building in New York, which is making waves within the construction and design industry. Take a look at our top 10 facts regarding the unique design.
- Now known as ‘Big Ben’, the proposed design would be double the height of the Burj Khalifa and be situated on 57th Street.
- The structure would span 1.22km from end to end, reaching 4,000 ft. The Burj Khalifa spans 2,722 ft.
- Designed to work alongside New York’s zoning laws, which will help towards the lack of affordable housing in the city, whilst building upwards, not outwards.
- The building will encompass residential apartments, which will go from the bottom of the building, all the way to the arch.
- The build encompasses windows which form a grid pattern, measuring four across each side, until it arches at the top.
- The design was inspired by the fact an elevator can now move vertically and horizontally, according to CNN, enabling this unique shape.
- The design echoes the trend of slender skyscrapers which have been built in New York, such as 432 Park Avenue by Rafael Vinoly, in addition other buildings under construction, such as 111 West 57th Street.
- Whilst the proposed build is to tackle an ongoing cause in the city, many are concerned that such a large number of tall constructions will overwhelm the city’s skyline and create increased congestion within existing infrastructures.
- The glass-lined skyscraper is not set to be built anytime soon, but as taken the world by storm.
- Not yet agreed, the Oikonomou is currently welcoming investments surrounding the project before it is submitted.
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UK Construction Week: winners revealed
The inaugural UKCW Construction Awards took place on the UKCW main stage this week at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence for a range of large and small contractors architects, clients and suppliers. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke and main media partner Construction Buzz.
Contractor of 2019 - Sir Robert McAlpine
Construction Client of 2019 - Scape Group
Architectural Practice of 2019 - Grimshaw Architects
House Builder of 2019 - Swan Housing
Construction Supplier of 2019 - Ward
Construction Project of 2019 - Royal Opera House
Construction Employer of 2019 - Aylaa Exclusive
Digital Pioneer 2019 - Atkins
Modern Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 - Mace
Production Innovation Award 2019 - Laing O'Rourke
Sir Robert McAlpine is celebrating its 150th anniversary and has stated: "Our 150th anniversary celebrations have been hard to miss on a number of sites across the country thanks to the presence of specially produced panels incorporated within our hoardings. This milestone year provided the opportunity to honour the vision and hard work of all those who have played their part in our long and successful history.
Nathan Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, commented:
“We have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made possible by our industry Role Models who gave us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these accolades.
“The businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the construction industry.
“So it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are beacons of light for the whole sector.”
UK Construction Week (UKCW) consists of multiple sections: Build, Building Tech, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and Timber along with the newly launched Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live. Next year's event takes place at Birmingham's NEC October 6-8.