A recently published article introduced the world’s 25 most impressive Megaprojects and guess what: 8 out of 25 are Megaprojects in China.
We want to introduce you our Top 5 of spectacular projects that give an insight in China’s construction capabilities and that show once more that China has its reputation as country of innovation for a good reason.
What? Shanghai Tower
Time to build: 8 yrs
Cost to build: 2,4 billion
Level of Completion: 95 % (expected opening in 2016)
This impressive tower is with 632 meters height the world’s second-tallest and China’s tallest building. Construction was finished in 2015 and Shanghai Tower is right now preparing for its opening planned this year. The tower’s 120-degree rotating design is due to minimization of wind loads and adopts strategies that reduce energy consumption by 21 percent. On 380,000 square meter on 121 floors, it provides room for offices, hotel rooms, retail and leisure use.
What? New Century Global Center,
Time to build: 3 yrs
Level of Completion: 100% (opened in 2014)
At more than 1,7 million square meter, which equals approximately the size of 2500 football fields, the New Century Global Center is the world’s largest freestanding building in terms of floor space. The structure includes multiple shopping malls, hotels, offices, theaters, a university complex and more, built around the Highlight in the center: a water park with artificial beach, projected sunrise and sunset and much more fancy details.
What? Beijing Daxing International Airport
Where? Beijing Daxing
Time to build: 10 yrs
Cost to build: 13 billion
Level of Completion: 10% (expected opening in 2025)
This will be the world’s largest airport terminal, the gleaming Terminal 1, designed by Zaha Hadid. Expected to handle 70 million yearly passengers, once finished completely, and built to accommodate a maximum of 120-200 million passengers per year which would make it the busiest airport of the world when running at full capacity. With seven runways and 700,000 square meter of the space, the airport’s first phase should finish in 2018, with the rest slated to wrap up in 2025.
What? Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental
Time to build: 2 years
Costs to build: 538 million
Level of Completion: 25% (expected opening 2017)
A waterfall going right through the hotel makes this megaproject special. It’s a key feature of this hotel built into a 100 meter tall quarry outside of Shanghai. The 19-story hotel housing 380 rooms, will have the waterfall cascading down the middle and two hotel floors that are entirely underwater. The building will get its energy from geothermal sources and will feature a green roof. Guests will be offered unique entertainment including rock-climbing, watersports or bungee jumping.
What? Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge,
Where? Pearl River Delta
Time to build: 7 years
Costs to build: 10,6 billion
Level of Completion: 80% (expected opening 2017)
The incredible scope of this mega-infrastructure project includes a 25 kilometer bridge-to-tunnel structure, with the tunnel portion making up about 25 % of it. Two artificial islands for the tunnel landings will help engineers create the tunnel section as well as anchor the bridge portions, which will connect Hong Kong and the mainland via a mega-crossing.
As our China 2 West headquarter is located in Zhuhai, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is right next door. For more details about this stunning project read more in our Blog about the Hong Kong- Zhuhai- Macao Bridge and an evaluation of the project.
We hope you were fascinated by those Megaprojects just as much as we are and China 2 West gave you a small foretaste of the amazing world of China.