Sky City: work halted on world’s tallest building

The world’s tallest building, Sky City, which is being built in Changsha, China has been halted according to reports.

The building which will be just shy of 835 meters tall has just hit its first bump in the road. The project was slated to break ground this year and would have been completed by the end of 2013, as developer Broad Sustainable Building claimed that the building could be constructed in just six months due to its prefabricated design.

According to the Xiaoxiang Morning post “relevant authorities” had ordered that project be halted “because it do not complete the required procedures for seeking approval to start construction.” Although Broad Group announced that they had already broken ground on the mammoth structure, but that fears about the project’s safety had arisen.

On the one hand, according to local news, it’s questionable whether the land can support the skyscraper’s immense weight. On the other, there are concerns that the company has not secured the right permissions to proceed and that the short construction time potentially compromises safety. However, a spokesperson for Broad Group assured AFP that they have secured all of the permits they need.

The People’s Daily knocked the project, according to Physorg, calling it “blind worship for ultrahigh skyscrapers.” Just a few days ago, the developer said that it was planning to delay construction until 2014 due to cost.

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