Chartered Institute of Building Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Building


Five of the best construction videos of 2020

17 December 2020

Despite the restrictions construction has faced during 2020, that hasn’t stopped the industry from continuing to deliver a series of impressive projects throughout the year.

Whether it has been lifting equipment onto skyscrapers via helicopter, or installing a 900-tonne bridge in less than an hour, construction firms have proven their ingenuity and resilience this year.

CM has showcased videos of many of these projects throughout and here are five of the best to have been featured:

1) O’Rourke and Murphy install 914t HS2 bridge in 45 minutes:

A joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Murphy installed a 45m, 914-tonne modular bridge for HS2 in just 45 minutes in October.

2) Overbury enlists helicopter for signage lift
In an usual operation, fit-out contractor Overbury took to the skies, using a helicopter to lift thousands of kilograms worth of equipment into place on the 19th floor of a Birmingham skyscraper.

3) 8,000t cantilever hoisted into place

In Dubai, an 8,000t tonne, 227m-long cantilever whose structural steel weighs more than the iron in the Eiffel Tower, was lifted into place to join together two towers.

4) BAM builds £51m British Antarctic Survey wharfs

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) offered a behind-the-scenes look at how BAM built two new wharfs at two separate locations in the Antarctic.

5) Balfour-Vinci defy covid with huge M4 bridge lift

Balfour Beatty Vinci lifted three spans making up a bridge on the new M4 smart motorway into place in May, staying on schedule despite the coronavirus lockdown.