So what was read the most in 2007 - stories on St Pancras or the Olympic Stadium? No, it was an article on a jungle hotel in Dubai of course
Despite the home grown talent on offer it was an overseas building that featured in Building’s most read story of 2007.
The seven storey ‘jungle’ hotel in Dubai was clicked on nearly 28,000 times, and was way ahead of second placed Portsmouth FC, which featured in a story on its new stadium designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
Love Dubai or hate it, it seems the whole world wants to know what’s happening there. The desert city featured in another top-ten story, which featured Zaha Hadid’s designs for the Opus development next door to the Burj Dubai.
Back in blighty football clubs were a big draw. Portsmouth won the Building league title, beating Liverpool’s HKS-designed stadium story into fourth place. While news of Everton’s stadium failed to dent the top 20, a story featuring plans for Nottingham Forest’s new ground was the 12th most popular of the year.
Foster + Partners, always a guaranteed ratings winner, came in seventh overall with its plans for Barcelona’s Nou Camp.
As well as devouring serious news stories about cranes, timber fires and regulations, a large proportion of Building’s readers also demonstrated an appetite for the salacious and smutty. The first toilet house – it does really exist – generated thousands of hits as did stories concerning the hapless NG Bailey workers on YouTube and the RICS party that ended in a cake throwing fiasco.
The backstage Girls Aloud photo featuring red-cheeked Bovis and Stanhope directors also did very well considering we’re a construction web site not a gossip mag.
It’s hard to predict what will top the 2008 charts, but chances are that Liverpool will feature heavily with doubts over its stadium. The Beijing Olympics and sustainability are bound to feature heavily, and you can bet your bottom dollar that any story by Foster + Partners or Zaha Hadid will feature at the top of the hit list.
Top 10 stories of 2007
1. Seven star 'Jungle' hotel tempts developer in Dubai
2. Portsmouth FC unveils Herzog & de Meuron stadium plans
3. Foster unveils green utopia in the desert
4. Liverpool FC reveals HKS stadium designs
5. Persimmon Homes and M&S hit by email hoax
6. RICS surveys the damage after wild party in Mayfair
7. Foster's design for Barcelona FC's Nou Camp stadium
8. NG Bailey hunts YouTube pranksters
9. Zaha Hadid unveils wonder of Dubai
10. Fire report throws future of timber-frame into doubt