Construction is not yet underway on one of the most highly-publicised building projects in recent years amid safety fears and a lack of necessary building permits it has emerged. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Sky City scheme in Changsha just days ago but reports have now surfaced that the necessary legal procedures have not been carried out and construction has therefore been stalled.
Chinese state publication Global Times reported that the developers behind the project - Broad Sustainable Building - are yet to obtain the correct permits and that construction has therefore been ‘suspended’ until these are achieved.
Local news resource Xinhua reported that it had received a statement on Friday which confirmed that ‘nine domestic construction experts have carried out a series of examinations on the project, including its structure and quake resistances’.
The 838m tower has been designed by Broad Sustainable Building as an alternative to excessive land use in the construction of new cities. Located on a 9,000 sq m plot in Changsha, the complete form will create 1,050,000 sq m of usable space for permanent residents.
The concept incorporates residential units, medical facilities, educational institutions, recreation and sports centres, shopping malls, offices and a hotel, designed as a fully-functioning vertical city.
Broad Sustainable Building are well-known for their speed of construction using a prefabricated method which the company intends to use for the Sky City scheme once the necessary legal procedures have been carried out. Construction is due to take 7 months.