Life for a contractor working in the construction industry can be exciting and varied, with so many huge construction projects ongoing in the UK at any given time. Being your own boss gives you the freedom to aim for whatever building work takes your fancy, meaning you can get involved with some of the biggest construction jobs around.
We’ve come up with a list of some of the largest, most expensive and exciting projects that the UK has to offer at the moment. Which as a contractor may be of interest to you, and if you’re not currently contracting but looking to move into a contractor role then have a look at our working options quiz to see if contracting is right for you. Otherwise, read on…
Manchester has been a major site for construction projects over the last few years, as the city becomes one of the north’s fastest-growing urban areas. Angel Meadow is proof of this, as the major residential development will provide Manchester with over 500 new homes in the award-winning NOMA neighbourhood.
The project has been split into four plots, on which apartment blocks will be constructed. The largest is plot four, a 33-storey tower block with a unique design. This will feature a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments over 140,000 square feet. In total, around 215 homes will be built in this tower alone.
AYKON London One
Sitting firmly on the luxury end of the residential spectrum, AYKON London One is a tower block in the Nine Elms area of Battersea. What sets this building apart from other apartment blocks is that the interior design work is being done by none other than the iconic fashion brand Versace, leading to some very upmarket flats.
The tower itself will be 50 storeys tall, and will feature an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, a gymnasium, children’s play areas, and 6,139 square feet of communal garden. That is all in addition to the 360 residential apartments, which will cost at least £980,000 for the most basic option.
Edinburgh is another UK city that is beginning to rival London, and it is currently in the process of building a new office facility named Capital Square. The construction project will deliver around 122,000 square feet of office space by 2020, and is located in the middle of the city’s Central Business District.
In addition to the offices, the building will include a glazed curtain-walling facade, double-height reception with a statement atrium, roof terraces and a private garden. It is thought that the eight-storey building will be able to host 1,400 workers.
This is one of the more controversial projects out there, as some believe the £825 million scheme will be detrimental to the nearby Paddington Station, a Grade I-listed building. However, it looks like Paddington Cube is going ahead, and will be an ambitious project to be part of for any contractors.
The retail and office building will be 14 storeys tall and designed to look like a floating glass cube. The brainchild of Italian architect Renzo Piano, it will be built on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office, which will first need to be demolished. The 360,000 square foot building will be completed in 2021 if everything goes according to plan.
Stevenage Town Centre
While enormous tower blocks are more glamorous, the renovation of Stevenage town centre is arguably the most necessary construction project on here. It is the result of around £350 million of private investment into Stevenage, and it is planned to completely remake the western side of the town centre.
Along with constructing new shops and homes, the plan is to build a “bespoke central venue”, which will include a library, an exhibition space and new council offices. A “linear park” is also planned, along with a new food and drink space.
If any of these construction projects interest you and you think contracting could be the next step in your career, book a free consultation with Brookson One to discuss the working options available to you.