October 13, 2016
As it prepares for the 2022 Winter Olympic, China has been planning some rather interesting developments to the country’s infrastructure. Arguably the most innovative plan in the pipeline is the construction of the world’s deepest high-speed rail station – right underneath the Great Wall.
Located at the most visited section of the historic site, Badaling – which the China National Tourism Administration claims received 30,000 tourists in just one day in September – the plans for this world first are certainly awe inspiring.
According to reports, the station will be situated 335ft below ground with a construction area of 387,501ft – the same as five football fields. It will sit alongside a rail network that links Beijing with the host city for the Winter Olympics, Zhangjiakou.
Building this station will certainly be no easy feat. Aside from the general construction challenges that are faced with such deep excavations, this project is to be completed directly underneath one of the country’s most well-known monuments and a historical treasure. As a result, cutting edge excavation methods will need to be used in order to guarantee the safety and structural integrity of the world heritage site.
Given the sensitive nature of the required work, there will certainly be an increase in demand for niche experts – particularly in structural engineering and advanced explosion technologies – to complete the project. And as the railways ministry in the country has announced plans to invest £248 billion to complete a 10,000 mile network ahead of the Games, opportunities for specialist rail construction contractors will certainly be rife in the near future.
However, any professionals looking to make a move overseas to be part of this ground-breaking activity need to be mindful of the variations in employment tax laws in the area in order to avoid potentially hefty fines.
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