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9 Famous Construction Projects Around the World

Any construction project, big or small, needs a qualified construction manager. A construction manager’s role is to ensure the project will be completed as it’s supposed to be, on time, and without breaking anyone’s budget.

Some construction projects have become famous simply because nearly everyone has heard about them. Others have achieved some notoriety because of their impressive size or design, or because of their purpose. There are also plenty of commercial construction projects from companies like Baycrest, which work on the buildings and properties around us.

Here are 9 famous construction projects you might have heard of, from different locations around the world:

1. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates

The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates often considered as one of the most famous construction projects in the world. The construction of this project began in January 2004, and the tower was inaugurated in January 2010.

With a total height of 829.8 m, or 2,722 ft, the Burj Khalifa is known as the tallest man-made structure in the world, a record that was certified in March 2010. This famous construction project was internationally renowned before it was even completed, and it has won different awards.


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2. World One, India

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in the world, but World One is the world’s tallest residential skyscraper. It was built in Mumbai, India, between 2011 and 2020. It was supposed to stand 442 m, or 1,450 ft tall, but it was topped off at 285 m in 2020 due to height restrictions.

The World One tower is part of a project named the World Towers. World One is the tallest one, with 290 apartments. The World Crest was completed in 2017, and it has a height of 223 m. The third tower, World View, is still being built.


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3. One World Trade Tower, United States

New York’s One World Trade Tower is a part of One World Trade Center, the construction project that was built between 2006 and 2012 on the site of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in 2001 during terrorist attacks.

One World Trade Tower, standing at 541 m or 1,776 ft tall, is now the tallest building in the United States, as well as the sixth-tallest building in the world.


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4. Songjiang Hotel, China

The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, also known as the Songjiang Hotel, is located in Shanghai, China. It opened in November 2018.

This luxury hotel was built in an abandoned quarry that was partially filled with water to become an artificial lake, and some of its 337 rooms are located underwater. A glass atrium on the face of the hotel was designed to look like a waterfall, so this construction made the most of its natural environment and became a part of it.


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5. Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, or HZMB, is a construction project that consists of a series of three bridges, four artificial islands, and an undersea tunnel. It was built to connect the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau.

With a length of 55 km or 34 mi, it’s seen as the longest sea crossing in the world. The construction of the HZMB began in December 2009, and ended in February 2018.


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6. Chuo Shinkansen, Japan

The Chuo Shinkansen is a high-speed rail line that connects Tokyo to Nagoya, and will eventually reach Osaka. The construction of this ambitious project began in 2014, and is expected to be completed in 2037.

Most of this rail line will be underground, which requires the construction of many tunnels that will allow a magnetic levitation train, also known as maglev, to cover the 438 km between Tokyo and Osaka in only 67 minutes.


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7. Confederation Bridge, Canada

The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge in Canada, making it one of the most famous construction projects in this country. With a length of 12.9 km or 8 mi, it links the two provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

The construction of the Confederation Bridge began in October 1993, and was completed in May 1997. This cantilever bridge carries the Trans-Canada Highway, and crossing it takes approximately 12 minutes. Before its construction, a ferry would allow travelers to reach Prince Edward Island.


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8. London Crossrail Project, United Kingdom

The crossrail, which will officially be named the Elizabeth line, is a new railway line that will cross London from west to east. The construction of this line began in 2009, and the central station is now expected to open in late 2021.

The Elizabeth line will have a length of 117 km or 73 mi, and the whole project will eventually link 41 stations together.


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9. Great Man-Made River Project, Libya

The Great Man-Made River is the largest irrigation project in the world. This huge network of pipes is supposed to carry fresh water from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System across Libya, irrigating lands and providing drinking water.

The construction of this project began in 1984, and its first phase was inaugurated in 1991. Due to different challenges, the construction of the remaining phases of the project is still ongoing.


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