The Best Time-Lapse Construction Videos From 2016

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2016: A Year in Construction Time-Lapse.

Construction is at the heart of what we do and we love as much as anyone watching things being built. Time-lapse video is the perfect way to appreciate the scale and progression of some of the largest construction projects in the world, where months and even years can be condensed into only a few minutes of video.

Despite documented skilled labour shortages, slowed economies and sustainability concerns, 2016 was an excellent year for construction across the globe. We saw the completion of the Panama Canal expansion project, the Ping An Financial Centre in China (which at 1965 feet makes it the fourth largest skyscraper in the world at the time of writing), the world’s highest railway span in the form of the Najiehe Railway Bridge over the Wu River also in China, the Jean Nouvel designed National Museum of Qatar in Doha and the MGM-AEG / T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, United States.

Some unique, awe-inspiring and large scale projects well underway and nearing completion in the form of World One in Mumbai, the largest strictly residential building in the World, Riyadh Metro and the largest real estate development in the US in recorded history; the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.

Newly commenced projects for 2016 included the multi-billion pound Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) business district construction project in India, the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in London aiming to upgrade the capital’s Victorian drainage system and the Khazar Islands project in Azerbaijan which sees the demolition of a mountain for the erection of one of the world’s tallest towers, a yacht club and an F1 racetrack.

Here is our roundup of 2016’s time-lapse construction highlights.


Beipanjiang Bridge

Our list starts with the dramatically set Beipanjiang Bridge which spans 1,341 metres across the Nizhu River Canyon, linking the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan. At 564 meters above water level it is currently the world’s highest bridge by 68 metres (ahead of the S Du River Bridge). Taking three years to construct, it was officially opened on the 29th December 2016.


Panama Canal

Hailed as the “largest project at the Canal since its original construction”, the Panama Canal Expansion project was devised to improve the traffic capacity on the canal by introducing a third set of locks at a cost in the region of £4.3bn. Taking almost ten years to complete, this time-lapse video documents progress from March 2011 to completion in June 2016.


Vikings US Bank Stadium

At a price of circa £850m, the Vikings US Bank Stadium took three years to complete as is twice the size of its predecessor. With a sleek glass mirrored design, the stadium features a first in the detail of the fixed roof which is 60% transparent ETFE (ethylene-tetraflouroethylene), allowing games to be played under the natural elements (with the support of energy saving LED lighting) whilst simultaneously climate controlled.


Oculus – World Trade Center

On the 3rd March 2016, 10 years after the start of the 5 year travel hub project, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub opened its doors. Programme wasn’t the only aspect of this project which went beyond plan, costing roughly £3.2bn the Oculus cost nearly double the original pricetag of £1.8bn, but delivered a construction of true beauty and a feat of modern engineering, which will be used by millions for decades to come.


Hudson Yards

Last year the first part of the Hudson Yards project was complete, opening its doors. Comprising office space, a shopping centre, numerous commercial outlets and restaurants along with some 4,000 residences. At an estimated £20bn for the entire project, the project is commercially only a quarter complete. Although seemingly expensive, the Yards will prove tremendous value if it can deliver on the estimated £15bn annual bump to New York’s gross domestic product.


London Bridge Reconstruction, Part of Thameslink

A major part of the Thameslink Programme. This time-lapse video depicts the laying of track for trains to and from Cannon Street and the demolition of platforms 1-3, creating space for the final third of the concourse that will open in January 2018, showing the incredible amount of work which goes into some of the most taken for granted infrastructure. Once complete, the London Bridge concourse will be the size of the pitch at Wembley and boast over 80 retail units


All time-lapse videos are from external sources, credited below the extract. Tier One Commercial Management Ltd is not responsible for the content of external sources.



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