In the olden days, building a structure meant the involvement of labourers who were willing to work for the stipulated wages to make their ends meet, even though some well-designed structures required the collective skills of many designers known for their great skill. There were many drawbacks in such conditions especially because the unique nature of the work of such craftsmen. But today, time has changed the conditions of architecture and infrastructure and the amount of effort and importance towards this discipline has multiplied. Many institutes both private and government based, are building goals that revolve around better infrastructure, and even countries with an appreciable GDP, are very considerate about better environs and development of the fields of architecture, urban planning and construction is what made the current cities of the world as they are now. The world seems to placing its bets higher and higher, as we might also witness structures in space and the moon too, by the end of another three decades.
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So, here is a list of the top 10 best infrastructure companies
These companies are clearly ahead of the rest, in the race of building a new world and have brought up some of the magnificent structures ever built by the mankind and the countdown follows:
10. Laing O’Rourke:
The British-based company is quite small compared to some of the rest in this list but has quickly grown, dealing with several high-profile projects in the last decade like Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and Ascot Race course. Oversees it is currently involved in the huge Al Raha beach development in Abu Dhabi.
9. Royal BAM Group:
Founded in 1886 in Holland, the company built Ajax football club’s Amsterdam Arena in its native Netherlands in 1996. BAM stands for Bataafsche Aanneming Maatschappij, which translates as Batavian Construction Company for Construction and Concrete Projects. Around 30,000 people work for the group.
Nebraska-based Kiewit is unique within this list in that it is owned by its employees, meaning almost all its projects are staffed by shareholders. The company was named number three in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors of 2013.
7. Bouygues Construction:
At the 7th position in the list is the French company employs more than 125,000 people in 80 different countries. In the mid 1990s it expanded into telecoms, which became another major economic source. Its subsidiary, Colas Group, specializes in road construction and rail track construction.
6. Balfour Beatty:
This company was started in 1909 by George Balfour and Andrew Beatty. Headquartered in London, the company is currently an integral part of the Cross rail project in the UK capital. It operates in more than 80 countries around the world and employs around 50,000 people.
Based in Sweden, the multinational operates in the residential, commercial, residential and infrastructure sectors. In the US, the company is known for constructing the Meadowland Sports Complex, home to the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants. Skanska employs more than 50,000 people.
Focusing on infrastructure projects, this German company operates in the US through its Turner subsidiary. Hochtief employs around 80,000 people and celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. Spanish contractor Grupo ACS has owned a majority stake in the company of 50.16 percent since 2011.
At the 3rd place is the largest US contractor, which has worked on such high-profile projects as the Hoover Dam accomplished back in 1936, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system in the ‘70s and more recently for the ‘Big Dig’ Central Artery project completed in 2007. The company employs more than 53,000 people around the world and is one of the spearheads in the sector across the globe.
2. Grupo ACS:
This Spanish contractor was formed in 1997 through the merger of two other construction companies and today ranks the 2nd in the list after its prolific projects along the past decade. It has grown through several high-profile acquisitions including that of Hochtief. The company takes the fame of working on the Alqueva Dam in Portugal and Torre de Cristal and Torre Espacio skyscrapers in its home country
This is an 115 year-old French infrastructure company and the giant reported the largest revenues of any privately-owned construction company in the world. It has achieved the top most position through shrewd acquisitions and effective delivery of high-profile, large-scale infrastructure projects such as the Gariep Dam in South Africa, completed in 1971 and the Stade de France. The arena built for the 1998 football World Cup by the company now serves as France’s national Stadium. Operating internationally, the Group employs more than 183,000 people and is currently working on the €440 million express-lane highway system in Atlanta, Georgia and the Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Australia.
This was the list of Top 10 Best Infrastructure companies in the world that have gained a lot of reputation all around the world. As we had a glance of the list, we see what makes these companies worthwhile in the race of structure and architecture. Let us hope that someday, some company out of these, does build a soccer stadium on the moon. Yes, it would be difficult to grow lawns there, but it is always better to look on the bright side. If that becomes possible, we can expect even an inexperienced player will master the rainbow kick in seconds. That was just an insight of the possibilities of human dominance in the universe and it opens up to numerous possibilities too.