A structural designer may soon be selected for a planned 50-m-tall representation of a white horse, which, if realized, would be taller than the Statue of Liberty, sans pedestal. The horse, if constructed, would “overlook” the London-Channel Tunnel Railroad and a new real estate development in Kent, 30 km east of London. The nonprofit Ebbsfleet Landmark Project Ltd. recently chose artist Mark Wallinger’s horse concept and has committed $1.5 million to advance the project through design. Futurecity Ltd., London, is managing implementation, including selection of a structural firm. Photo: Ebbs Fleet
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.