As an online retailer of hardwearing workwear, safety boots and other protective gear, we thought it only fitting (no pun intended!) to take a look ahead at some of the most exciting building projects taking place across the UK in 2014.
The massive Crossrail project is currently under construction, with the main civil engineering works set for completion in 2017. After that, the stations will be fitted out and undergo various testing phases. According to the official website, Crossrail services will begin on the central section by late 2018, with a phased introduction of services along the rest of the Crossrail route over several months.
In 2014, the following developments are projected to take place:
- Crossrail’s final tunnelling machine will be launched from Pudding Mill Lane in east London.
- The contract for Crossrail’s new high-capacity rolling stock will be awarded in 2014.
- By the end of the year, the majority of Crossrail’s 26 miles of tunnelling will be completed.
- Transport for London are due to confirm who has been awarded the Crossrail operating concession from 2015.
With over 10,000 people working across 40 construction sites, Europe’s largest construction project is set to transform rail transport across London.
UK’s Largest Solar Farm
A 41MW solar farm is currently under construction in West Didcot, Oxfordshire. Located on a 200-acre, low-grade agriculture site, the solar farm is set for completion in early 2014. By January, the plant should begin generating power, and by March, it will be connected to the grid. It is estimated that this solar farm will generate enough electricity to power up to 10000 homes.
There will soon be another tower added to London’s ever-growing skyline – this time, located at Wood Wharf, on the eastern end of Canary Wharf. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have laid out plans for a cylindrical residential tower, which will form part of a nine hectare, multi-use development in the area. If planning permission is granted, then construction should begin in late 2014.
Resorts World Birmingham
The Resorts World Birmingham leisure complex is currently under construction, and is scheduled to open in early 2015. The seven-storey, 538,000 sq ft complex will house a casino, a four-star hotel, 45 designer shops, an 11-screen cinema, bars, restaurants and a conference centre.
UK Flood Defences
Construction on the second phase of one of the UK’s biggest flood defence schemes is set to continue in Howley in January 2014, part of a £23 million scheme funded by the Environment Agency and Warrington Borough Council. The first phase was completed in December 2013 in Latchford, whilst the third and final phase, scheduled for completion in early 2015, will take place in Padgate, Woolston, Cinnamon Brow, Kingsway North and Latchford East.
Westermost Rough Wind Farm
The Westermost Rough offshore wind farm is currently under construction, and is set for completion in 2014. Situated 8km off the Yorkshire Coast, north of Hull, the farm will contain 35 turbines of 6MW capacity, covering a total area of 35km2. The wind farm is projected to produce enough electricity to power around 200,000 homes.
Of course, this is just a small selection from the many great projects taking place across the UK next year. Are there any others you think should be on this list? Do let us know in the comments section below.