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Old July 26th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #1761
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The property developer behind plans for the world's tallest skyscraper, to be built in Changsha, Hunan province, said on Thursday that the project is still awaiting final approval from government authorities.

"So far, the project has already received some qualified assessment results, such as the construction plan and possible wind effects on the building," said Zhu Linfang, spokesman for Broad Group, the Changsha-based project developer.

Each step in the construction process must gain authorities' approval before it can be taken, she said.

The statement from Broad Group comes after a Xinhua News A[/U]gency report that said the company had not completed all the necessary application procedures before it started construction. The Xinhua report claimed the company was acting illegally.

The building, named Sky City, attracted media attention when its construction plan was published last year. If built, it will stand at more than 838 meters, higher than the 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world's tallest building.

According to Broad Group's website, the tower in Changsha will have 4,450 apartments between the 16th and 170th floors and will include offices, a hotel, kindergarten, school, hospital, shops, gym and restaurants. The cost of construction is estimated at 9 billion yuan ($1.47 billion).

On Saturday, the company held a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site in Wangcheng district, about 20 kilometers from downtown Changsha.

"It was only a ceremony. It does not mean the project is under construction," Zhu said.

So far, the company has been making preparations for work to begin, such as clearing rubbish from the construction site, but has not started building, she said.

The construction period is planned to run from October to April 2014, according to the company's website.

Xu Ning, an official in charge of urban-rural planning in Wangcheng district, declined to comment on the groundbreaking ceremony, but said, "The building is a key project for the city, and government authorities will release detailed information in the near future, after investigations."

Feng Yigang, head of Changsha's urban-rural planning bureau, said that the company has not yet received all the necessary approvals from government authorities. So far, his office had received no paperwork from Broad Group, he said.

On Thursday, about eight digging machines worked on the project's construction site.

"I began to work here this morning and my major task is to dig foundations for the building," said a worker who declined to give his name.

Wang Youwei, former vice-president of the China Academy of Building Research, said, "Some landmarks, including skyscrapers, are needed in China, especially in big cities, to show their economic achievement."

Chinese cities have a zest for skyscrapers. By the end of 2012, China had 10 of the world's 20 tallest skyscrapers, and more are planned, some aimed at grabbing the title of China's tallest.

Last year, soon after Wuhan said it would add 30 meters to a planned 606-meter building in order to make it the tallest, the developer of a skyscraper in Shenzhen announced that it would build a 660-meter tower. The record was soon trumped by another developer, which said it had started to select the location for a 700-meter skyscraper in Qingdao.

Wang said cities should be cautious in building skyscrapers, bearing in mind safety factors and energy consumption.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #1762
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Looks a whole lot busier than Kingdom Tower construction site
Kt won't have underground floors so they don't need to excavate much there (if at all). The other thing is there is nothing around the location where it is being build so the site looks even more remote than this one.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 11:42 PM   #1763
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You forgot a very basic fact: KT's construction site is naturally flat, this one isn't, and therefore needs to be leveled before anything can start
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Old July 26th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #1764
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Seems you forgot those bulldozers at kingdom city site. It has been leveled too. Just much earlier.

Those excavators primary task is different though.

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Old July 28th, 2013, 02:05 AM   #1765
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This is like the baofahu of skyscrapers.

I can so relate this to these newly riches in China blindly and tastelessly buying LV and Hermes.
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Old July 29th, 2013, 05:14 PM   #1766
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This is like the baofahu of skyscrapers.

I can so relate this to these newly riches in China blindly and tastelessly buying LV and Hermes.
Well it's neither luxurious nor flashy, so I don't see the similarities.
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Old July 29th, 2013, 06:59 PM   #1768
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If they really build it i have to go to a noname City in the middle of nowhere
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Old July 29th, 2013, 07:10 PM   #1769
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Still working on full speed, let's hope they'll get their permits soon!
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Old July 29th, 2013, 08:12 PM   #1770
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If they really build it i have to go to a noname City in the middle of nowhere
it is not a noname city in the middle of nowhere, but anyways if they build it in the time they promised you might aswell just wait another couple of years and more of these projects will have been finished in other cities anyway
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Old July 29th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #1771
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it is not a noname city in the middle of nowhere, but anyways if they build it in the time they promised you might aswell just wait another couple of years and more of these projects will have been finished in other cities anyway
Changsha has more than three times the population ( 7 million vs 2 million ) of Dubai.
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Old July 29th, 2013, 10:07 PM   #1772
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the population is not always the reason why people know it. i guess more people know Dubai than Changsha . but it wouldn't call Changsha a noname city
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Old July 29th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #1773
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but it wouldn't call Changsha a noname city
I know 12 cities in China that i would like to visit before going to Changsha.
So for me Changsha is a noname City in the middle of nowhere. The next more intersting City is 300km away (Wuhan)
The City don`t even has a completed subway line.
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Old July 29th, 2013, 11:10 PM   #1774
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300km is not a big distance. i have travelled that before just to see a skyscraper and in china you can do it by fast train and don't have to do it with a bus as i had to from singapore to kuala lumpur (x
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I know 12 cities in China that i would like to visit before going to Changsha.
So for me Changsha is a noname City in the middle of nowhere. The next more intersting City is 300km away (Wuhan)
The City don`t even has a completed subway line.
San Francisco doesn't have a subway line neither But I get what you meant, most Chinese cities are considered no name to foreigners, I'm actually surprised you can name 12.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:10 AM   #1776
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Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) has setup factories in the major zones of China and has build their traditional several instantly built prefabricated towers.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:27 AM   #1777
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A boxy and ugly skyscraper isn't for me a good reason to visit a city. There are loads of cities more interesting than Changsha. Paying a travel to visit a skyscraper its stupid.
For this reason I hardly think Changsha will be attractive for tourists.

Also, the population of a city isn't a reason for a city to be better than other. There are horrible and poor cities that have got more than 10 million habitants. I know a lot of people that know Dubai and want to visit it, but any people I know (personally) knows Changsha. Dubai has got lots of activities to do, and its in the top 10 of most visited cities of the world.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #1778
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I'd like to go to Changsha more for the fact I was born there and have never visited, but this tower looks great!
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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:44 AM   #1779
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most chinese dislike tall buildings as far as i have heard so tourism to the tallest box in the world indeed will not just come. for me tall buildings are one of the major factors of travelling, just like other people want to see ancient temples, the great wall or other tourist attractions. but this building does not want to be a tourist attraction anyways, it tries to solve a purpose and make the company famous, bring the technology to the ears of investors in china and behind the borders. if this building wasn't the tallest, news might have not reached europe for example, but when this gets build a lot of people will know the company and thats a big selling point.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 01:03 AM   #1780
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^It's not a so-called 'box' if it has setbacks like this. It's like calling Sears Tower a 'box.' It's no such thing. Even so, a (quote/unquote) "box" would be so much better than the current design.
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