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Uk Firm Plans World's Tallest Towers In Wuhan - 1Km Tall

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/18/tallest-towers-wuhan-china-phoenix

A British architect has unveiled plans to build the world's tallest towers in the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan – two adjacent kilometre-high spires that could help purify the city's polluted air and water.

London-based Chetwoods Architects presented the Phoenix Towers plans to Wuhan's mayor about six months ago, said its chairman, Laurie Chetwood. Pending official approval, the practice hopes to break ground by the end of the year.

According to its website, the project will be "an iconic landmark within an ambitious environmental masterplan for Wuhan", a city of 10 million people on the Yangtze river. The project will span 47 hectares and cost an estimated £1.2bn.

Computer renderings published online show the steel and concrete towers glowing like hot pink, space-age Eiffel Towers, their buttresses spanning an island in the middle of a lake.

"This is a big iconic statement that says 'this is Wuhan, look at us, we're here,'" Chetwood said. "But it's an environmental statement as well. It would help to improve the area."

The skyscraper index appears on track to be taken to a new high....

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