Building the Future: The Biggest Construction Projects of 2018
After taking down our Christmas lights and reflecting on the year gone by, most of us now look forward into the New Year with hopes of new ventures, transformations and opportunities – and if you work in construction you’ll be thinking about what’s in store for your upcoming projects.
The year 2018 is going to see some ambitious builds in the UK, with the likes of football stadiums, shopping centres and huge office developments being among those that have been given the green light. It is also expected that a final decision will be reached on the possible demolition of Grenfell Tower, potentially the most sensitive and high-profile construction topic of the past year.
Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is set to embark on its most technically challenging aspect in January 2018 – the lifting of its gigantic 600 tonne roof. The state of the art new ground will boast a five-story glass atrium for fans, complete with a food court. The home stand will be a single tier of 17,500 seats which will create a ‘wall of sound’, placing fans closer to the pitch than any other stadium of comparable size. For fans and the public alike, it will also feature a 40 metre high Sky Walk up to the viewing deck on the roof. With a colossal capacity of 61,559, the stadium will also play host to NFL games and other entertainment.
Brand New Big Ben
New Year’s Eve heard the first songs of Big Ben since the summer of 2017, which had fallen silent due to the work being undertaken to renovate the Elizabeth Tower. A debate is set for the 11th of January in the House of Commons to discuss the future of the Palace of Westminster project, after years of delay.
Versace, Versace, Versace
Multiplex is to be the main contractor for the 50 storey tower Aykon London One in Nine Elms. They’ve taken on the job for £240m for the high-end, luxury residential project with apartments being designed in conjunction with Versace Home. The opulent residences are the latest in a string of high-profile wins for Multiplex and is just down the road from another of their major developments, One Nine Elms.
Ever Growing Edinburgh
Work is expected to continue in earnest in 2018 on Edinburgh’s largest speculative office development, Capital Square. Bam Properties and Hermes International have both heavily invested in the project, with its success hinging on the idea that Edinburgh’s property market and commercial sector remain thriving after uncertainty following the Brexit vote and questions about Scottish Independence.
Your Business in 2018
Whether you’re looking to build your own construction company this year or continue on with existing projects, you’ll no doubt be planning for the year ahead to make sure your business has a prosperous and profitable 2018.
Investing in a vehicle tracking system is a great way to safeguard your company vans and plant, but it also means you’ll save money on your fuel bills and benefit from reduced repair costs too. With an iTrack system from Phantom, you’ll be able to track and remotely immobilise any stolen vehicles, monitor driver behaviour, and plan your routes effectively – leading to a more economical year in terms of fuel efficiency and reducing your company’s carbon footprint.
A tracking system will also cut your insurance premium and help you keep an accurate log of your mileage.
If you’re a start-up or an established firm and are looking for ways to build your construction company in 2018, call 0161 476 4050 to discuss how a tracking system from Phantom can help you.