China starts work on the world’s tallest building

Sky City is expected to be finished in just 10 months, and will dwarf the Burj Khalifa

Dubai’s 828-metre skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, doesn’t have long left as the world’s tallest building – construction for China’s new cloud-kissing 838-metre Sky City has begun.

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Changsha-based construction company Broad Group predicts that the £94million project will be finished by April 2014. This is scarily fast, when you compare it to the Burj Khalifa, which took five years to complete.

Understandably, the public is a little worried. “The speed is horrifying, how can that be possible?” said one social media user in China.

It’s believed that the project will see 20,000 factory workers produce thousands of steel-and-concrete blocks, in the space of four months. These will be transported to the location and erected at the rate of three stories a day.

China currently has 470 skyscrapers and Sky City is just one of hundreds of mega-towers under construction in the People’s Republic, including the Shanghai Tower, to be completed in 2014, which will stand at a height of 632 meters, plust The China 117 Tower in Tianjin at 597 meters, due for completion in 2015. Plans for Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen are also in place, at 660 metres it will be finished in 2016.

If all goes to plan, by 2022 China will have more than 1,300 buildings taller than 152 meters, double the amount of skyscrapers in the United States.


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