China to build world’s tallest building – in just 90 days

By Clifford Coonan

When completed by the end of next March, Sky City in Changsha will be the tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at 2,749ft (838m) high, over 220 floors. And remarkably, they’ve not started building it yet.

It took Dubai more than five years to build the world’s tallest building, the 828m Burj Khalifa, but architects and engineers at Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), a unit of the air conditioning maker Broad Group, are confident they can beat that record.

Critics have pointed out that BSB’s construction company has never built anything taller than 30 storeys before, but the builders seem unworried.

BSB senior vice-president Juliet Jiang told Construction Week Online that the company’s plan to construct the skyscraper “will go on as planned with the completion of five storeys a day.”

Designed by engineers who worked on the Burj Khalifa, Sky City will achieve the target by assembling BSB’s 95 per cent prefabricated modular technology at a breakneck construction pace. Nine of the world’s newest tallest 20 buildings are being built in China.

Adrian Smith, the Chicago-based designer of the Burj Khalifa who is working on the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, said at a meeting of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Shanghai last month that rapid urbanisation in China would fuel major expansion in tall buildings.

“There are 179,000 people moving into urban areas every week. Do they go into a horizontal or a vertical city? It’s a question of economics,” said Mr Smith. BSB, currently responsible for 20 modular structures in China, demonstrated the construction method to a wider audience in January, when it constructed a 30-storey hotel in 15 days.

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One Response to “China to build world’s tallest building – in just 90 days”

  1. Carl Jones Says:

    The implication of such short build times is that wage costs are slashed. If this comes to the West, lots of people and companies with be out of work. Take this into prefabricated housing and loads of construction jobs with go.

    While I am touching on this, I will mention the flooding. Britain has suffered years of strange and unusual flooding. I believe in weather modictation/control and I think THEY are doing this in order to get insurance money into the High Street economy…builders and building merchants. In order to keep this going, the cabal wants ALL household insurance policy holders to bare the cost of flooding. This keeps flooded areas in the insurace loop and keeps this method of bailout operational.

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