China pushing the boundaries of construction

When it comes to setting the bar in construction, China is certainly the world leader in pushing the boundaries, as Commercial and Residential Development Specialist Richard Carr reports.

Skyscraper built in 19 days

China 57-story skyscraper

The 57-story building built in just 19 days

Getting foundations laid for a development in 19 days is good going in the UK, however in China, a development company has erected a 57-story skyscraper in an amazing 19 days!

Using prefabricated Lego-like blocks, construction company Broad Sustainable Building achieved the feat and a time-lapse video can be seen on the website.

Energy efficient

The skyscraper, based in Changsha, southeast China, was produced at a speed of three levels per day using energy-efficient blocks.

Broad Sustainable Building claims that the building is eco-conscious as a result of using the Lego-like blocks. It meant that it reduced the amount of concrete used in the build by 15,000 trucks and also the amount of dust released into the atmosphere.

In total, the building covers a massive 180,000 square meters and will provide space for 800 households and has office space for 4,000 people.

Cleaner on the inside

Air pollution is one of the country’s most troubling issues and with a population of over 1 billion people, it’s certainly a pressing issue.

And, as a result of the new-age building techniques used, the company claims that the air inside of the building is cleaner than on the outside due to the tight construction and built-in air conditioning system.

However, this isn’t the first time that such a construction has been achieved by a Chinese construction company. Last year, the Chinese WinSun Company made 10 full-size houses using a huge 3D printer in the space of day.

Back in 2012, the Broad Sustainable company accomplished the construction of a 30-story building in Changsha in just 15 days.

The UK might be building more houses, but they certainly aren’t doing it in the same style as other parts of the world.

UK no longer development pioneers

Richard Carr is impressed by the achievement, which sadly for one reason or another would not get pioneered in this country, we were once the pioneers of many things but that spirit seems now to be left to others.

He continued, I’m constantly discussing with others the whole issue of construction times which are getting longer and longer which in turn creates risk and inflates costs.

He is also surprised when he sees construction sites locked shut at 3pm on a Friday afternoon, this is another British phenomenon which he finds ridiculous much like the Christmas Shutdown in the industry; it’s a by-product of the socialist 70s which could re appear again from May!

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