We tend to think about the excitement of new roles, in new, modern buildings such as the Shard or ‘The Walkie-Talkie’, however, older more historic buildings are often disregarded. What would be the FM challenges in some of the world’s most historic buildings? We have selected 5 of the wonders of the world, to explain the challenges an FM may face in these structures.
Petra was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. It contains tombs and temples and a theatre, surrounded by mountains forming the Arabah valley. Petra covers a total 264km2, nicknamed the Rose City due to its pink sandstone cliffs. Petra is over 2,300 years old, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Only 15% of Petra has been excavated, with yet another 85% undiscovered, emphasising the magnitude of the city.
As an FM, the responsibilities of the role at Petra would be endless and very difficult. During its inhabitance, Petra was a vast city, rather than a series of diminished structures. This suggests the many difficulties that may have been faced, if there was a designated FM.
The Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a royal tomb for the pharaoh, Khufu. It stands at 138m tall consisting of 2.3 million blocks weighing 6 million tonnes in total! The pyramid was built in 26th century BC, standing as the tallest structure in the world for 3,800 years. There are three known chambers within the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Queen’s Chamber, the King’s Chamber and Khufu’s Vizier.
As an FM, the floor space within the pyramid may be less than the total floor space of Petra and the Great Wall of China, however, there are still some significant challenges that would’ve been faced.
The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre built in 80 AD, under emperor Vespasian. It can hold up to 60,000 people for public spectacles and gladiatorial contests. During some events, over 10,000 animals wold be killed within a day! Spectators could enter through 80 different entrances.
Unlike the previous wonders of the world, the Colosseum was used for events, requiring challenging events management tasks.
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum, housing the tomb of Mughal emperor Shan Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of the 42 acre complex. The complex includes a mosque and a guest house, with a 300m² Mughal garden.
The Taj Mahal is renowned for it’s pristine interior and exterior design, requiring further implications for the FM.
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