A look at four of the most exciting construction projects that will reach completion over the course of 2017.
The media might be full of doom and gloom about the state of the global economy, but the investment that is being ploughed in to a number of construction projects around the world suggests that a corner might well have been turned.
Here, we take a look at some of the most exciting construction projects that are hitting the headlines for all the right reasons.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium
Tottenham is one of the most popular and iconic football clubs in the UK, so its new stadium in White Hart Lane needs to be something special. It features the large cantilevering roof structure that is becoming so popular among the top football teams, but also has what is claimed to be the largest ever retractable pitch.
Like so many football stadia, the new White Hart Lane ground will additionally play host to music concerts and other events, so versatility is key. The entire project will be completed in 2018, but as the roof will be finished in 2017, there will definitely be something to look out for this year!
If you want to see the best of contemporary engineering, the Firth of Forth has always been the place to look. Each of the preceding two crossings has exemplified the very best technological engineering of its day, and the latest will be no exception.
The Queensferry Crossing is certainly elegant, and comprises three towers, and a highly unusual system of stay cables that cross in the middle. This provides great stability across variable load patterns, while allowing for a slender design and construction.
Another bridge that cannot go without mention is this footbridge over the River Thames, which proves that form and function can combine with artistic merit, with a little imagination and skill.
It is quite a humble project in comparison with the rest, at a mere 40 metres in length, but is none the less meritorious for that. The bridge was required to meet the needs of a new housing development, and ordinarily, we might have expected something functional but uninspiring.
It makes a pleasant change to see that the local planning authorities decided to go with this sleek structure with its steel arches to compliment the pleasant riverside setting.
The Louvre, Abu Dhabi
No list of remarkable projects can be complete without something from the UAE. Perhaps the only surprise is that this one is in Abu Dhabi and not Dubai.
Be that as it may, world renowned architect Jean Nouvel’s latest project is something that enthusiasts the world over cannot wait to see brought to reality.
The centrepiece of this magnificent museum complex is its canopy dome, measuring a remarkable 180 metres in diameter. This is combined with a complicated series of openings that look random, but are actually very carefully geometrically arranged.
The UAE is famous for its breath-taking architecture and for going one step further when it comes to radical feats of engineering. We can hardly wait to see it!