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Many projects around the world use structural steel. With its impressive strength, affordability and flexibility, it is no wonder why structural steel has been used in some of the most extraordinary buildings. From China to America, we take a look at some of the most famous projects that used structural steel to produce fantastic constructions!

Brooklyn Bridge

A view of the Brooklyn Bridge over the New York City East River

Built in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge connects the boroughs Manhattan and Brooklyn over New York City’s East River. The construction took fourteen years and involved a whopping 600 workers! The overall project cost $15 million, which in terms of money nowadays, it would equate to around the $320 million mark. Brooklyn Bridge was the first-ever steel suspension bridge boasting an incredible span of 1,600ft from tower to tower! During the building process, at least twenty-four people died, including the original designer of the project. Today, the bridge is a prominent feature of the New York City skyline, and because of this, it is a very famous tourist destination. Brooklyn Bridge is not only popular with tourists though; on average, every day it carries 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians!

Beijing National Stadium

A view of the Beijing National Stadium in China, formally known as the Birds’ Nest

Located toward the south of the Olympic Green, the Beijing National Stadium hosted the 2008 Olympic Games and Summer Paralympics. Construction of the large saddle-shaped elliptic structure started back in December 2003 and wasn’t finished until early 2008. The four to five-year time frame is likely due to it being the world’s largest of its kind, boasting 26km of unwrapped steel! The project in total cost £300 million, and it is considered the biggest enclosed space with three million cubic metres! As the stadium is built in one of the world’s most seismic zones, consideration in the design had to be taken and great attention was paid to building it in a way that could withstand earthquakes without creating too much damage. The reason this building remains so popular is because of its impressive and eye-catching design; nicknamed the “birds’ nest”, the Beijing National Stadium is a stunning testament to what structural steel can achieve. The building used 42,000 tonnes of steel to create the magnificent crisscross pattern that it is so famous for.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

A view of Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia lit up at night

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is perhaps one of Australia’s most well-known landmarks. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge, and the top of it reaches an impressive 134 metres above the harbour. The bridge was opened in 1932, and since then, it has connected Sydney to its suburbs on the northern side of the harbour; with four railways, a highway, and two pedestrian walkways. To construct this magnificent bridge, it took 1,400 workers and eight years to build! The bridge spans an enormous 1,650ft and consists of 53,000 tonnes of steel.

The Empire State Building

A view of the New York City skyline featuring the Empire State Building

Situated in New York on Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th streets in Manhattan, the Empire State Building could be considered one of the city’s most well-known landmarks. The impressive construction is 1,250ft tall, features 102 stories and held the title of the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years! The building consists of 730 tonnes of steel and nearly 10 million limestone bricks, yet it only took 13 months to construct. The building is that popular with tourists that the two observatories, on the 86th floor and 102nd floor, attract around four million visitors a year! The views from the building are truly breath-taking, and you can see the whole of the city and more. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

The architectural abilities that steel possess are truly impressive. Its unmatched strength and flexibility make it stand out from any other material. Which of these famous projects is your favourite? Let us know on our social media channels! If these projects have inspired you to start your own and you are looking for a stainless-steel fabricator in Devon, consider ANY Weld Ltd. We are specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of structural and architectural steel, so you can be assured that your project will be to the highest standard. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project with us, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Email us at [email protected] or give us a call on 01271 860794 (Barnstaple Head Office).