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Work on world's tallest building grinds to a halt


July 25, 2013

Workers on site have downed tools, local media reports

Workers on site have downed tools, local media reports

Within mere days of the announcement that ground had been broken on China's super-tall Sky City skyscraper, local media is reporting that workers have downed tools.

According to Phys Org, the Xiaoxiang Morning Post reports that authorities have ordered work to cease because approval for work to commence is yet to be granted. However, air conditioning-turned-rapid construction specialists Broad Group told AFP that it had obtained all the necessary permits.

With ground works complete, construction of the tower was originally slated to take 90 days, though Broad Group appears to have revised this figure down to 4 months.

The short construction window has raised health and safety concerns, and is reportedly the cause of previous delays to the commencement of the project. Work was originally due to commence in November 2012.

Such rapid construction is made possible by Broad Group's pioneering prefab techniques which have seen a 15-story hotel built in a week and a six-story pavilion built in a day.

Source: Phys Org

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Going from 90 days to 4 months is revising the construction schedule up not down. The amount of criticism the building has received has probably made the Chinese bureaucracy nervous. Building collapse leads to executions in China. With a proposed permanent population of 35k+ a lot of heads would roll if there were a tragedy.


No worries a few bank balances will shift and everything will be good.


It won't be "built in 4 months", it will be "assembled in 4 months". BIG difference.

Derek Howe

I don't know Slowburn. The Chinese are very conscious about how they are perceived. Public opinion within China may not count for much, but they do care what other countries say.

While they can cover up some rural disaster with misinformation and bank transfers, this would not be possible in a major city.

Looking bad or worse incompetent to them is the biggest crime. Probably because there is still a world stigma around poor Chinese quality of products and designs. They are trying desperately to break this thinking.


The modular nature of this project means that a whole lot of the work is actually done in factories before anything is erected on site. But aside from that, what's the rush, anyway? They want the glorification that comes with setting records, but of course people are going to needlessly die trying.


re; Nairda

I was talking about getting permission to build. So long as the foundation was laid and cured in the vicinity right and they take the poor quality control in Chinese steel production into account in the design there is no reason to think the building will prematurely collapse.


Sounds like this is the result of some power struggle between rival factions within the Party, rather than a logistical problem.

Russ Jata

Aside from very rushed schedule, this building is just plain ugly. Couldn't the architects come up with something a bit more interesting? The art deco style was good in 30s, not today.

Ilya Katsnelson

re; Ilya Katsnelson

Granted it reminds me of the Empire State Building but i wouldn't call it art deco. It looks to me that the shape was chosen for its structural advantages.

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