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Thursday 29 Nov 2012

A 10-storey building in 48 hours? Chandigarh businessman unveils plans for very swift construction project

Online media is ablaze today with news of a 48-hour construction project that will see a 10-storey building rise in the town of Mohali, north-west India. The scheme is that of businessman Harpal Singh who has been quoted as saying: “All the components have been manufactured already, doors that can be pre-fitted, water supply components, wiring, sanitation, air conditioning ducts and everything else. These will be shifted in state-of-the-art transporting vehicles to the actual site for installation.”

Marketed under the title ‘INSTACON’, the new building will be situated in Industrial Area Phase-I in Mohali. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, is due to lay the foundation stone for the tower today and despite the wide-scale media attention the construction project has garnered, little is known about the design or final use of the building.

This is not the first time that abnormally quick construction projects have been unveiled although it is unusual in India. The majority of such schemes take the same form as Singh’s by using a prefabricated technique with large volumes of professionals working through the night during construction. In December 2010, Broad Sustainable Building realised a 16-storey hotel in less than 6 days in Hunan Province, China, releasing an incredible time-lapse film of the assembly.

Broad Sustainable Building has also unveiled their next fast-construction project, SkyCity, which is set to begin construction next month. The proposal originally involved the 9-month construction of an 838m-high tower in Changsha, making it the tallest building in the world, surpassing the current leader - the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - by 10m. It has now been confirmed that the project will be completed by the end of March 2013.

Zhu Lingfang, a member of Broad Sustainable Building insisted that despite various concerns, plans to build a structure like Sky City would not be unstable. "Such people do not understand our (construction) model," he reassured the Wall Street Journal. "The tower will be able to withstand a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and it will be able to be evacuated within 15 minutes," Ms. Zhu, from Broad Sustainable Building, told the Journal.

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