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Unique Parts of the European Construction Industry

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Unique Examples of the European Construction Industry 

As the end of 2015 draws near and the countdown to the Christmas holidays begin we look at some major European construction jobs that are also nearing completion. What makes these projects stand out is not only their innovative design but also the involvement of some lesser known companies within the European construction industry.

FFR Grand Stade, Paris

For real mass sporting experience, there’s nothing like a stadium. Stadiums are in a race to digitize how sports teams are scrambling to keep millennials coming to games, with younger fans leaving stadiums, sports teams and organizations are finally embracing technology as a way to improve the fan experience. However a building that sits empty 90% of the time, then hosts huge crowds, it can be an extremely difficult task, to remain profitable and in use all year round. The architects Populous and Ateliers 234are wrestling with this as they deliver a stadium for the French Rugby Federation that will accommodate 82,000 fans and boast a retractable pitch.The added addition of conference facilities should also make it a popular destination for other non-sporting events throughout the year.

Chernobyl Reactor, Ukraine

Steel Structure in Chernobyl

          This is the steel structure being built to                       encapsulate the Chernobyl disaster.

The engineers of the USSR who fought to bring the Chernobyl disaster under control built a hastily constructed concrete sarcophagus, designed to cover the hole that had opened up above the destroyed reactor. It is part of a £1.2bn project to clean up the damage caused by the world’s worst nuclear accident in the then Soviet republic of Ukraine – which led to more than 6,000 cases of cancer, 115,000 forced evacuations and 28 deaths due to radiation sickness.

A new steel arched structure is being built, to be rolled on rails over the reactor, from which point demolition work can begin using cranes suspended from the new roof. It is one of the most difficult projects in terms of ensuring paramount worker safety. The shift practices of the workers in relation to radiation are monitored and adapted accordingly. For instance if your personal radioactivity meter hits a certain level, it tools down and you’re off site. This build is monitored and managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development which manages six donor funds providing support to increase nuclear safety and security in Eastern Europe.

Crossrail, London

The concept of underground railways are not new or innovative but what sets this Crossrail project apart is the logistics behind the scenes. While this new east-west link has been built life has went on above ground uninterrupted as this rail network is threaded through the sewers, cables, and foundations of London. There are many companies involved in this project, but from a safety stand point Hill Engineering , a company from Northern Ireland have contributed to ensuring a safe environment for the workers involved on this site.

Their product the Tefra Quick Coupler is designed to ensure safety and eliminate one of the most dangerous aspects of handling digger plant attachments. With diggers and other excavating equipment involved heavily their product eliminated the risk of digger bucket coming away completely.

Conclusion

All across Europe engineers and architects are constantly pushing the boundaries to deliver the biggest, best and most innovative modern day structures. But in recognizing these impressive structures it is easy to forget the people and companies involved in bringing these structures to fruition.

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