With a sharp rise in gravity defying construction projects, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has now announced that he is looking to major cities such as London, Shanghai, Moscow and New York as possible locations for a mile high skyscraper construction project. This would be the worlds tallest building, outshining the Burj Khalifa which stands at 828m. The mile high monstrosity would tower over its predecessor terrifically and being in the city of London would definitely attract increased levels of tourism.
The Prince has not yet stated how the project will be financed should it proceed along with a date of completion. There are various engineering complexities that this building would have to overcome. The main concern would be how water would be supplied economically at the great height but industry experts have stated that it’s not impossible.
Currently, Kingdom Holding are amidst the construction of the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah which is to be 1km tall bypassing the Burj Khalifa as tallest building in the world. It’s expected completion date is to be sometime in 2017.
But is another towering skyscraper what London needs? The tallest building in the UK is currently the Shard at 308m with 87 storeys. The building has become a great tourist attraction in London along with supplying prime space for the retail, hospitality industry as well as for businesses. The London Bridge Quarter, situated on the South Bank of the Thames is to become the new hub for businesses in the capital.
Iconic skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa, the soon to be completed Kingdom Tower, the Shard in London along with the Empire State building in New York have changed the skyline of these great cities. Adding another skyscraper to Londons skyline may either define the cities landscape or stick out like a sore thumb!