BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- In China’s Hunan province, ground was broken for the next "world's tallest skyscraper". It was a brave ambition. The developer Broad Group planned to build an 838 meter tower with 202 stories, in just 10 months. The tower would surpass the current tallest skyscraper, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa by 10 meters. But the project has been halted over questions concerning feasibility and government permission.
It was set to be another project built at so-called "China speed". But just days after breaking ground, local media reported that the builders were asked to stop working. The reason: no government approval.
Industry insiders have their reservations on what the project is claiming to do. Yin Zhi, head of Beijing Tsinghua Urban Design Institute, said, "The technique that Broad Group uses has no precedent in the world, and the cost they promised is very low. So they either have some record breaking techniques or it’s a lie. They are gambling. If they win, they will change the history of world architecture, but that's one chance in a million."
Local media say "relevant authorities" ordered a halt to work on the Sky City tower in Changsha, Hunan province, because "it did not complete the required procedures".
But the ground has already been broken, and the company Broad Group says they will use pre-fabricated pods to build it. They say their technique uses less energy and takes far less time. But its safety is being increasingly scrutinized.
"They say they are protecting the intellectual property of their techniques, so they haven’t shared their building process with companies in the industry," Yin said. "But they’ve not gotten the correct certification from the state."
A Broad Group spokeswoman said it had all the required permits.
The company attracted global attention last year for building a 30-storey tower in just 15 days, using the same method: pre-fabricated units stacked on top of one another, like real-life lego.
Broad group planned to assemble the skyscraper by the end of last year, but construction work had been delayed multiple times due to concerns that the plans were over-ambitious.