The world's top 5 largest buildings
5. Meyer Werft Dockhalle 2, Niedersachsen, Germany, 63,000 sqm
One of the major German shipyards, the facility is used to construct luxury passenger ships. It is the largest dry dock in the world. It was inaugurated in 2000 and has since been expanded to its current size. By volume, it is 4.72 m3.
4. Tropical Islands Resort, Krausnick, Germany, 70,000 sqm
A little further along the entertainment scale than some fellow top-fivers is this tropical theme park on the former Brand-Briesen Airfield site in Krausnick. The hanger was originally intended to house airship construction, but is now home to the world’s largest indoor resort. It has a volume of 5.2 million m3.
3. Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant, Toulouse, France, 122,500 sqm
The plant servers as the assembly house for parts of the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus 8380. The various sections of the plane are moved to the factory via several modes of transport, including by barge from Wales to Mostyn docks for the wings. By volume, it covers 5.6 million m3.
2. Target Import Warehouse, Washington, US, 185,800 sqm
Constructed to handle large shipments of overseas imports, this second entry from Washington is the largest of the company’s four import facilities, from which it sends merchandise to regional distribution centres around the country. It has a volume of 7.43 million m3.
1. Boeing Everett Factory, Washington, US, 398,000 sqm
This airplane factory in Everett Washington is the world’s largest building by volume. Here, Boeing assembles its 747s, 767s, 777s, and the latest model, the 787 Dreamliner. Completed in 1968, it covers a huge area of the northeast corner of Paine Field, with a volume of 13.3 million m³.
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.