China suspends construction
of world’s tallest building

News: construction of China’s 838 metre-high Sky City tower has stalled just days after it began amid safety fears and a lack of necessary government approval.

Chinese media channel Xinhua news has reported that the construction of the world’s tallest building, set for Changsha in central China, is postponed until the project passes relevant safety examinations and gains building permits.

Authorities in the Wancheng District of Changsha are still examining the building’s structure and firefighting facilities, reported Chinese state publication The Global Times, adding that applications for official licenses are still underway.

This news comes only days after a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site.

As previously reported on Dezeen, construction firm Broad Sustainable Building Technology plans to erect the tower using pre-fabricated components that slot together like a Meccano toy.

When completed the steel skyscraper will be taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and include schools, a hospital, office facilities, 17 helipads and apartments for over 30,000 people.

Last year Broad Sustainable Building Technology announced that the tower would be built in just 90 days.