A large proportion of the steel we cut is used in the construction industry, but steel has been integral to some of the most innovative and iconic structures since long before laser cutting was developed.
Some of the most modern and famous steel structures in the UK contain metal laser cut by Lasered Components, but none of them quite compare to these historic landmarks.
Three iconic bridges
The Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Built in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel bridge in the world to carry traffic. Over 130 years later it still carries around 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians a day.
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
83,000 tonnes of steel were needed to construct the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. It was, at the time, the longest suspension bridge in the world with a total length of 2.7km. The steel cables were spun on site, tower to tower, anchorage to anchorage, six wires at a time over a period of six months.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
The symbol of Australia, and the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch bridge has a 49m wide deck carrying eight lanes of traffic, two train lines, a footpath and a cycle path.
Four record breaking buildings
The Empire State Building, New York
An iconic Art Deco structure built in 1931, the Empire State Building is steel framed and took only 13 months to build, three months less than expected. It was the tallest building in the world for 40 years at 380 metres tall.
The Chrysler Building, New York
Another steel framed Art Deco building in New York, the Chrysler Building was the World’s Tallest Building for less than a year, before being overtaken by the Empire State Building by just over one metre. However, it is still the tallest steel framed brick building in the world.
Taipei 101 Tower, Taipai
Designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons while standing over half a kilometre tall, the Taipei 101 Tower is a feat of engineering. It held the title of tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2009 before being surpassed by the Burj Khalifa.
Burj Khalifa – Dubai
Currently the tallest building in the world at 828 metres, it has held the title since 2009. The Burj Khalifa is part tourist attraction, part hotel, part commercial and part residential. The bundled tube design required around half the amount of steel used to build the Empire State Building.
If you are involved in a construction project and need sheet steel components, we can help. Your project might not end up being as iconic as these famous steel structures, but we would love to assist you no matter what the scale or ambition of your project.