Backers of Planned Tallest Building Say China Approval Obtained

The Chinese builder who is planning to erect the world’s tallest building in China said it has permission for the project after a media report that it hasn’t received approval.

Broad Group, a maker of air-conditioners based in the central city of Changsha, held a ceremony for the Sky City project on July 20 and has started preparations to build, though it hasn’t started construction yet, Zhu Linfang, a company spokeswoman, said in a phone interview today. The plan has not yet been approved, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday, citing an unidentified local official.

Broad Group’s plan to complete the 838-meter (2,749-foot) skyscraper by April 2014 remained unchanged, Zhu said. The building, if completed, would overtake the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.

“All the procedures we followed comply with the government’s laws and regulations,” Zhu said. “We haven’t started the ground breaking and will make it public by the time.”

The company will assemble the floors and ceilings in its factories and then hoist them into place at the construction site, Tang Ying, general manager of the marketing center at Broad Sustainable Building Co., the unit that is building the skyscraper, said in an interview in Shanghai in September. That will allow Broad Group to complete the building faster.

Chinese urban planners have criticized the safety of Broad Group’s plan for the building, China Daily reported in November. It will include housing for 4,000 families in apartments from the 16th to 180th floors, the newspaper said.

The world’s tallest building under construction is the 1 kilometer (0.6215 mile) Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, while the 492-meter World Financial Center in Shanghai is the tallest tower in China and the fourth in the world, according to the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

China completed 23 buildings taller than 200 meters in 2011, more than any other country, according to the council.

— With assistance by Bonnie Cao

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