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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:14 AM   #1
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The most expensive skyscrapers ever built

What are some of the most expensive skyscrapers ever built?

One example would be the HSBC Building in HK which cost around HK$5.2 billion (US$668 million).

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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #2
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No, HSBC costed US$1 billion back in the 1980s when it was constructed. Remember, that's mid-1980s money.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:36 AM   #3
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A few more related threads in this section :

Most expensive towers in the pipeline...
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=244935

HSBC London - Most Expensive Workplace in Britain
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=469242
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Old May 24th, 2007, 10:23 PM   #4
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i guess the Burj Dubai will be one of the most expensive towers with 1,8 Billion dollars
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Old May 24th, 2007, 10:36 PM   #5
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CCTV in Beijing is rather espensive too...
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Old May 24th, 2007, 10:45 PM   #6
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This 7 storey block opposite Big ben cost $1billion of taxpayers money to lavish on our ever so hard working MPs:

I give you Portcullis House, built out of luxury materials, bombporoof and with an underground station underneath it:
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:03 AM   #7
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That is one of my favourite buildings in London. It works so well with the Parliment buildings.
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Old May 29th, 2007, 10:31 AM   #8
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VEGA$

MGM's new CityCenter megaresort in Las Vegas is boasting that it is the most expensive privately funded construction project in U.S. history at $7 BILLION. But it has six towers.

Next door to that is the $1.8 BILLION Cosmopolitan which is just starting to come out of the ground which will have a giant tower and a boutique tower.

Up the Strip, the gigantic Palazzo is almost topped out and has a budget of $1.8 BILLION.

Across the Sands Avenue from there, the gargantuan curving Wynn tower cost $2.7 BILLION to build and has been open a couple years now.

Originally concieved as an expansion of Wynn, but now a stand alone resort, Encore next door is about half way up and has a budget of $1.74 BILLION. Knowing Steve he'll probably blow the budget again and go over $2 BILLION.

Across the Strip El Ad just announced plans to build a $5 BILLION resort, but that includes the $1.2 BILLION they paid for just the land. Don't know yet what the tower configuration will be, but they did say 8 million square feet of floor space.

Just north of there, Boyd Gaming will start construction in July for the $4 BILLION Echelon resort. It will have a three winged tower and a couple boutique towers.

Back across the Strip again and to the north one lot, Fountainbleau started construction in February on their massive $2 BILLION tower.

Next to that is the proposal for the 1,888 foot tall Las Vegas Tower with a budget of more than $4 Billion.

Those prices will go up a little bit because of the tight market for skilled construction workers and materials.

So basically there is over $30 BILLION being invested in projects on one street in Vegas.

Several recent huge land deals on the north Strip indicate there are more multi billion dollar mega projects being planned.

Of course, the prices to build these resorts include expensive lavish interiors to entertain the public.

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Old May 30th, 2007, 05:22 AM   #9
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15 CPW cost 1 billion dollars.

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Old May 30th, 2007, 09:09 AM   #10
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...cost $900 million (6 buildings) in 1973 dollars (about $4billion in 2007 dollars). they were built on taxpayer's dime.

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This 7 storey block opposite Big ben cost $1billion of taxpayers money to lavish on our ever so hard working MPs:

I give you Portcullis House, built out of luxury materials, bombporoof and with an underground station underneath it:
i'm sure the cost included that tube station which while very cool to look at, way too many flights of stairs. the station alone must have cost £500+ million.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 11:06 PM   #11
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The new thread about Incheon Towers in the supertall sections claims it will cost 11 billion$, but i think this is some kind of a mistake...
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Old May 31st, 2007, 02:02 PM   #12
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Prices need to be adjusted for inflation surely...
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Old May 31st, 2007, 02:07 PM   #13
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This 7 storey block opposite Big ben cost $1billion of taxpayers money to lavish on our ever so hard working MPs:

I give you Portcullis House, built out of luxury materials, bombporoof and with an underground station underneath it:
Most of it went to the labour costs.....labour is ten times cheaper in Asia and Middle east
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This 7 storey block opposite Big ben cost $1billion of taxpayers money to lavish on our ever so hard working MPs:

I give you Portcullis House, built out of luxury materials, bombporoof and with an underground station underneath it:
WOW!!
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Most of it went to the labour costs.....labour is ten times cheaper in Asia and Middle east
The Middle East imports a lot of Asian migrant workers that work for cheap wages and live in quite sad conditions.
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The Middle East imports a lot of Asian migrant workers that work for cheap wages and live in quite sad conditions.
Yep, it's so sad that a large proportion of the population are expatriates from those countries...
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 10:50 PM   #17
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More pix of Portcullis House overspend. To put it in perspective this building cost more than the new WTC. Its aboslutely typical of public buildings funded by taxpayers, they somehow or other end up costing twice as much as they should do. (Next on the cards is a single hospital upgrade for St Bartholomews slated at over $2billion)

in context Portcullis, symbol of democracy hand in hand with corruption





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some of the fitting costs at 1992 prices (the building already built btw):
bombproofing bronze cladding: $64million
roof cladding:$26million
plants and their fittings: $1.4 million
easy chairs: $400,000
office chairs (solid oak):$1.2 million
blinds: $2.4 million
design fitting fees (thisll get ya) $48 million
paving $2.4 million

I'll remind you this overdesigned luxury was with taxpayers money, to house 210 occasionally working MPs.

tube station beneath (and rumoured A-bomb shelter):








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Old June 2nd, 2007, 11:09 PM   #18
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Similarly the Scottish Parliament, slated at $80 million ended up costing $860 million. And yes, taxpayers money once again.

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Old June 2nd, 2007, 11:20 PM   #19
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im starting to see a correlation here:

Barts Hospital 'extension', currently slated at $2.2 billion without cost overruns. A delay this year of 3 months already cost $108 million without a single brick being laid.


Its the ugliest thing Ive seen
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 11:35 PM   #20
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another public project:

Crossrail estimated at $32 billion in 2005, and will only be running in 10 years time. To put this in perspective the Victoria line (13 miles and 16 stations) was built in 4 years between 1968-1972 and is used by 160 million passengers a year, and cost a tenth of the price at todays inflation.
In contrast to upgrade a single escalator on that line in the 1990s took 6 years of construction work (and 6 years of walking up the neverending steps for the daily commuters). To 'upgrade' Victoria station itself will cost $1.2 billion, just one of all the central stations proposed for modernisation and refurbishment on the network.

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