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Top 10 most expensive buildings in the world

A new year brings new challenges and the completion of vast projects costing billions, 2016 will for sure produce amazing new projects for the world to see. Therefore to mark the turn of the year FPS have compiled a list of the top 10 most expensive buildings in the world.

10. City of Dreams

City of Dreams

Construction cost: 2.75 billion US$

Height: 164m (538ft)

Location: Macau

Year Built: 2009

Floors: 37

9. The Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Construction cost: 2.97 billion US$

Height: 225m (738ft)

Location: Macau

Year Built: 2005

Floors: 39

8. Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas

Construction cost: 3.26 billion US$

Height: 187m (614ft)

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Year Built: 2005

Floors: 45

7. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

Construction cost: 3.80 billion US$

Height: 541m (1775ft)

Location: New York, USA

Year Built: 2012

Floors: 104

6. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Construction cost: 4.16 billion US$

Height: 184m (604ft)

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Year Built: 2010

Floors: 52

5. Parliament House Canberra

Parliament House Canberra

Construction cost: 4.21 billion US$

Height: 107m (351ft)

Location: Canberra, Australia

Year Built: 1981

Floors: 2

4. Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

Construction cost: 4.46 billion US$

Height: 164m (538ft)

Location: UAE, Dubai

Year Built: 2005

Floors: 6

3. Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

Construction cost: 5.38 billion US$

Height: 50m (164ft)

Location: Singapore

Year Built: 2010

Floors: 10

2. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Construction cost: 6 billion US$

Height: 194m (636ft)

Location: Singapore

Year Built: 2010

Floors: 57

1. Abraj Al Bait

Abraj Al Bait


Construction cost: 15 billion US$

Height: 601m (1972ft)

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Year Built: 2012

Floors: 120

Top 10 most expensive buildings in the world list accurate as of Jan 2016

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15 of the most scary & dangerous jobs in the world

15 of the most scary and dangerous jobs in the world

Halloween is just around the corner and we have put together a list of the 15 most scary & dangerous jobs in the world.

15.  Air traffic controller


Air traffic controllers play a major part in ensuring your safety while you’re up in the air. They guide and advise pilots at take off, during the flight, as they approach the airport and when they land. The role has massive responsibility, and can bear massive pressure on the individual, making it one of the most scary and dangerous jobs on earth.

14. Bush Pilot


A bush pilot, is a pilot that flies small aircrafts over rugged terrain or unsettled regions to serve remote areas inaccessible to or off the route of larger planes, usually to deliver cargo. This job has very high risks, studies put the chances of a Bush Pilot dying in a crash at one in eight during a 30-year career, therefor bush pilots make it on to the list of 15 most scary & dangerous jobs in the world.

13. CTS Decon Technician


After a serious crime takes place and the investigation is completed, a CTS Decon Technician must come in to clean it all up. CTS Decon stands for “crime and trauma scene decontamination”. A CTS Decon Technician has to get down and dirty with biohazards like splattered blood and such human remains as brain tissue, as well as dangerous chemicals from places such as meth labs.

12. Oil Workers

Extreme Heights, freezing temperatures, fires and oil rig explosions, top the list of dangers facing an oil rig worker on a daily basis.

11. Electricians

One of the most dangerous and life threatening jobs is the work of an electrician. Exposure to live electricity wires can be very hazardous. Electricians need to work on circuit assemblies, overhead electricity wires, and cable harnesses. There is the danger of severe injury and in some cases death due to electrocution, heights, fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shocks and even explosions in some cases.

10. Transmission tower worker

Working on high altitude transmission towers, sometimes many hundreds of feet in the air. Most of the time workers free climb up the towers so one wrong move could be fatal, this is not for the faint of heart.

9. Cryonics Technician


Only a small number of people are working as Cryonics Technicians today, but that doesn’t make the job any less creepy. Cryonics involves attempting to preserve people who are legally dead at very low temperatures, so that they can be revived in the future with medical advancements. Preserving dead bodies in freezing temperatures all day makes being a Cryonics Technician’s a very scary profession.

8. Miner


Miners spend long hours underground, confined to small spaces and working in extreme darkness. It is a very dangerous and scary job and comes with very big risks.

7. Construction worker


Construction workers face dangers such as falls, electrocution, frequent exposure to loud noise, breathing in hazardous substances that damage their lungs…

6. Field Epidemiologist


Field Epidemiologists, are employed by organizations to go into “Hot Zones” and prevent outbreaks of a deadly disease turning into full-on pandemics. They are protected by little more than a hazmat suit. Field Epidemiologists get up close and personal with germs, blood, needles and dead bodies on a daily basis, not to mention the risk of contracting a deadly disease themselves.

5. Roofer


Working at heights, sometimes in slippery conditions, they face the danger of falling, receiving burns from hot bitumen and sustaining injuries from their equipment.

4. Stunt Pilot


Living a life of death defying stunts can bring extreme excitement but can also carry extreme dangers. The work of a stunt pilot requires amazing skills, concentration and nerve – one wrong move in a stunt could end the life of the pilot and spectators.

3. Construction Equipment Operator


The main dangers and threats to these operators are collision with other vehicles, loss of limbs and crushing from heavy machinery.

2. Truck Driver


Around 54,000 road accidents involving professional drivers take place on British roads every year – which is around 250 a day. Drivers are exposed to bad weather conditions and can suffer from sleep deprivation which may result in collisions.

1. Vertical Window Cleaners


These window cleaners risk life and limb keeping the world’s tallest buildings sparkling and clean all year round. These cleaners hang from ropes many hundreds of feet in the air to clean the outside of some of the world’s tallest buildings, one wrong move could be fatal.

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The Movie Star Bridge


If you are a fan of the big screen you may have seen this before. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is located at the top of Loch Shiel, it is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland and is situated on the West Highland line connecting Fort William and Mallaig.
Construction of the viaduct began in January 1897, and the line opened on the 1st of April 1901. The massive civil engineering project was taken on by contractors Robert McAlpine & Sons and costs £18,904, around £21,000,00.00 now. The viaduct is built from mass concrete, has 21 semicircular spans, and crosses over the River Finnan at a height of 100 feet.

The viaduct has had many staring roles in TV series and Films, most famously appearing in the Harry Potter film franchise, as the line that carries the Hogwarts express from platform nine and three quarters in king cross station to Hogsmeade station where the students disembark for Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry.

In 2007 the Bank of Scotland issued a series of notes depicting different Scottish bridges, as examples of Scottish engineering. The Glenfinnan Viaduct can be found on the back of the ten pound note.
Glenfinnan is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Highlands with scenery and nature that would take your breath away, if you ever find yourself in Scotland it is well worth taking the time to visit The Movie Star Bridge.

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10 Biggest Cruise Ship in the World 2015

* This list is based on Cruise Line Company, Length, Maximum Beam/Width, Maximum Weight and Maximum Passenger Capacity.


  • Cruise Line Company: MSC Cruises
  • Length: 333m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 38m
  • Maximum Weight: 139.400GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 3959



Navigator of the Seas

  • Cruise Line Company: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 333m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 49m
  • Maximum Weight: 139.570GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 3807



Regal Princess

  • Cruise Line Company: Princess Cruises
  • Length: 330m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 47m
  • Maximum Weight: 142.229GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 4100



Royal Princess

  • Cruise Line Company: Princess Cruises
  • Length: 330m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 47m
  • Maximum Weight: 142.714GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 4100



Norwegian getaway

  • Cruise Line Company: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Length: 326m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 51.7m
  • Maximum Weight: 145.600GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 3910



6. NORWEGIAN Breakaway

  • Cruise Line Company: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Length: 326m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 51.7m
  • Maximum Weight: 145.655GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 3988


4. QUEEN MARY 2Queen Mary 2

  • Cruise Line Company: Cunard
  • Length: 345m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 45m
  • Maximum Weight: 148.528GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 3090


3. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEASIndependence of the seas

  • Cruise Line Company: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 339m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 56m
  • Maximum Weight: 154.407GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 4375


2. NORWEGIAN EPICNorwegian Epic

  • Cruise Line Company: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Length: 329m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 41m
  • Maximum Weight: 155.873GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 5183


1. OASIS OF THE SEASOasis of the seas


  • Cruise Line Company: Royal Caribbean International
  • Length: 362m
  • Maximum Beam/Width: 65m
  • Maximum Weight: 225.282GT
  • Maximum Passenger Capacity: 6.296


First People Solutions Apprenticeship Week

Come speak to us and find out all about our apprenticeship programme:

Monday 18th May                             Glasgow Kelvin College, Springburn Campus

Tuesday 19th May                             Glasgow Clyde College, Langside Campus

Wednesday 20th May                     Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus

Thursday 21st May                           Glasgow Clyde College, Anniesland Campus

We look forward to seeing you there!

About FPS, your Technical and Engineering Recruitment Agency in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth (Australia)!


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First People Solutions is a Technical and Engineering Recruitment Agency located in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth (Australia). For over 10 years the name of FPS has been synonymous within our specialist industries supplying temporary and permanent technical staff at all levels and disciplines across a diverse range of engineering and technical industry sectors.

First People Solutions, covers the following specialist markets; Aviation, Construction, Energy and Technical. We believe that our experience and client faced approach help make us a truly valued partner. Along with our understanding of our clients’ business and candidates’ aspirations, our vacancy and candidate matching skills set us apart from our competitors.

Please click on the specialist division to go immediately to your area of specialist need and they will be delighted to help. If you require any further information please contact us on 0141 270 5000 or you can email us on

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Top 10 Tallest Buildings 2013

Tallest building in the world1. Burj Khalifa  the Burj Dubai: The Burj Khalifa, previously known as the Burj Dubai, is the tallest building in the world, rising to a ridiculous 2,723 feet high with 163 floors. It took five years to build, and was completed in 2009 in Dubai’s main business district.
2. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel: Mecca, Saudi Arabia: An attempt to modernize this holy city, the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower is the tallest hotel in the world, along with the tallest clock-tower and containing the world’s largest clock-face. It stands at 1,972 feet high and has a whopping 120 floors.
3. One World Trade Center: New York, NY: Called both the Freedom Tower and One World Trade Center, this building will rise 104 stories high after its completion in 2013. It will then be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Its spire will stretch its height to 1,776 feet, referencing 1776, the year of American Independence.
4. Taipei 101: Taipei, Taiwan: With 5 floors underground and 101 above, the Taipei 101 rises to a grand total of 1,669 feet. It’s also the largest environmentally conscious skyscraper in the world, and is often where Taiwan launches its fireworks during national celebrations.
5.  Shanghai World Financial Center: Shanghai, China: Made up of office space, hotels, and observation decks with a shopping mall on the ground floor, the Shanghai World Financial Center reached its full height at 1,614 feet in 2007. It has 101 floors and the world’s highest observation deck at 1,555 feet above ground.
6. International Commerce Centre: Hong Kong, China: The International Commerce Centre is a 1,588 feet tall skyscraper with a total of 118 floors. It was completed in 2010 and stands as the tallest building in Hong Kong.
7. Petronas Towers: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, these twin skyscrapers are tied as the two number seven tallest buildings in the world. They used to hold the coveted spot at number one in 1998, but in 2004 they were surpassed. They are however still the tallest twin buildings in the world, coming in at 1,483 feet high and 88 floors.
8. Zifeng Tower: Nanjing, China: The Zifeng Tower was completed in 2008 and is 1,480 feet tall with a total of 89 stories. Designed by Adrian Smith, the building’s stair-step shape is functional, helping to separate the retail centers, office spaces, restaurants, and a hotel and public observatory within.
9. Willis Tower: Chicago, Illinois The Sears Tower: Willis Tower used to be called the Sears Tower until a naming rights change in 2009 by Willis Group Holdings. The Tower is 108 stories and a total of 1,451 feet high. When it was completed in 1973 it was the tallest building in the world, a title it held for almost 25 years. More than one million people visit it every year, as it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago.
10. Kingkey 100: Shenzhen, China: Located in Shenzhen’s financial district, the Kingkey 100 is named for its 100 floors, rising to a total of1,449 feet. The lower levels contain a mall, office space that takes up 22 stories, and the remainder of the floors belong to the St. Regis Hotel that opened last year.

FPS WIN at Scottish Recruitment Awards 2010

2010 year saw the 4th annual Scottish Recruitment Awards take place at Glasgow’s prestigious Hilton Hotel on Thursday 10th June. With 5 finalists nominated across 4 categories, First People Solutions were delighted to take away the award for Individual Volume Specialist (Kelly Rossi, Aviation) and receive special commendation for Individual Recruitment Consultant (Scott Wilson, Construction) – both pictured above.

Managing Director, John Scott commented, “To see one of our consultants walk away with recognition this year is an extremely special achievement, but two is more than we could have wished for. Both Kelly and Scott are deserving winners, who give total commitment to their clients, candidates and their careers at First People Solutions. We are extremely proud of them. The past year has been incredibly exciting for our company with a significant change in structure as part of the FPSG group of companies. This recognition is testimony to the vision and commitment that our people possess, being able to see the business and career opportunities that exist for them as members of the FPS team. Our other finalists narrowly missed out this year, but a huge well done to them also on achieving their place within the Scottish top 3 in their specialist area. We are all extremely excited about the coming year and have our sights set on the 2011 awards. “

The First People Solutions Scottish Recruitment Award 2010 finalists:

Individual Volume Specialist – Kelly Rossi (WINNER)

Individual Recruitment Consultant – Scott Wilson (Special commendation)

Recruitment Team of the Year – Aviation

Newcomer of the Year – David Anderson

Volume Specialist of the Year – Stevie Kane

The Scottish Recruitment Awards were created by Scottish Business Insider to recognise the industry’s top talent and showcase the outstanding achievements of recruitment companies across Scotland. For more information on the awards please visit –