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Wednesday30 July 2014

Chinese firm wants to build world's tallest tower in three months

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Company hopes to start work this December

A Chinese company best known for making air conditioning equipment is behind plans to build skyscrapers out of prefabricated blocks.

Broad Group wants to build a 838m tall tower called Sky City in Changsha in just three months.

If built, the 220-storey skyscraper will be 10m taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa which took six years to complete and finally opened in 2010.

Broad’s chairman Zhang Yue told the Financial Times that he hoped work could start this December and that financing was in place while architects were putting the finishing touches to the design.

“We’ll definitely get approval [from the Communist party of Hunan province],” he said. “It’s just a question of timing.”

The firm completed a 30-storey tower in 15 days last year and Zhang added: “Lots of industries are very high-tech these days but not construction and we wanted to fix that.”

He said that the firm’s factory create standardised floors and walls in 15.6 by 3.9m blocks which are then carried to site on flat-bed trucks before being hoisted into position. “We are using the factory construction process that we have pioneered, only this building is going to be a little higher.”

Sky City will be home to 30,000 people and will have schools, hospitals, offices and shops.

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  • zecks_marquise

    is anyone else absolutely terrified?

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  • yep. especially after the recent road collapse.

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  • How is an air conditioning company allowed to do this? It will be a) fugly as hell, b) awful to live in and c) probably fall down. At least the rooms will be nice an chilled....

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  • Sounds like a great plan! Because of course the one thing China is short of is more office space which can go unlet and play its part as part of another ghost city. Its going to be interesting to watch when this strategy of development as a driver of phoney-GDP growth finally explodes.

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  • Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

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