The Burj Khalifa - Top 10 facts
Located in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa, which has set the benchmark for mixed-use buildings around the world. Reaching 829.8 metres, the building incorporates corporate offices, retail spaces, residences fashioned by Armani and sky lobbies, in addition to an Armani Hotel.
The building is popular with tourists, who can utilise a number of facilities embedded within the impressive building, spanning 5.67 million square ft. We take a look at top 10 facts surrounding the construction works, which officially ran from January 2004 to January 2010 and can now house up to 35,000 individuals.
1. Over 12,000 construction workers are responsible for the completion of the impressive build
2. The structure is strengthened through the use of reinforced concrete alongside the implementation of concrete piles, with a six-sided core in order which is able to withstand the elements and provide appropriate resistance. Over 45,000m3 of concrete was used in the construction works.
3. Over 25,000 glass panels were fashioned by hand and embedded into the exterior cladding, in addition to aluminium and stainless steel to provide a world-class exterior. Professionals from a number of areas within building and construction influenced the decision to utilise this design.
4. Sustainability was placed at the forefront of construction works, with energy-saving silver coating placed on the exterior cladding, alongside sophisticated inbuilt water tanks at which one is placed every 30 floors.
5. Construction work ended up reaching certain milestones earlier than expected due to the dedication and commitment of the team, at which construction workers were installing around 180 panels per day and completing a storey every three days. Water is also stored for irrigation purposes through a Condensate Collection System.
6. The design of the building is modelled on the Hymenocallis. The ‘Y’ shape is evident within the structure of the build, which also has embedded a strong transportation network.
7. Embedding 57 elevators within the building, eight escalators and over 15,000 doors, the building is home to the tallest elevator in the world, but has also been built with safety in mind. In the case of an emergency, refuge spaces have been inbuilt into the building’s designs with one constructed in every 25 floors.
8. In order to ensure the building remains pristine and is maintained regularly, the building incorporates an installed track and maintenance areas to ensure the building’s windows can be maintained, which can take up to four months to clean. The building is also home to a
9. The interior of the building is designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, at which the culture of the building is expressed through the use of stainless steel, travertine, Venetian stucco walls and stone.
10. The building has broken several records, but is also home to the highest electrical substation in the world.
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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.