The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

China plans for world's tallest tower criticised


BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China's urban planners have slammed proposals to build the world's tallest skyscraper in the country, saying it would be a death trap in emergencies.

Sky City, if built, will be 220 stories tall and stand more than 838 meters, higher than the 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building.

Property developer Broad Group paid 390 million yuan (S$75.9 million) this month for about 67,300 square metres of land in Changsha, capital of Hunan province.

According to the company's website, the tower will house 4,000 families in apartments between the 16th and 180th floor, and has offices, a hotel, a school, a hospital, shops and stores, a gym and restaurants.