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2014 named record year for skyscraper construction

Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat says 2015 set to be even busier with 171 projects set for completion

2014 named record year for skyscraper construction
Dubais Marina 101 which, at 426.5m, will becone Dubais second tallest building.

The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has said that 2014 was the “tallest ever” for skyscraper construction globally, with a record 97 buildings standing 200m tall or more completed during the year.

That beat 2011’s 81 tower completions, and the number, the CTBUH said, includes 11 supertall towers (300m and over).

According to CTBUH records, there are now 935 buildings globally that bust through the 200m ceiling to qualify as skyscrapers with Dubai's Burj Khalifa still the tallest in the world.

Most tall towers completed in 2014 were based in Asia. Of the 97 completed buildings, 74 were centred on the Asian continent, and 58 of those in China alone, Construction Week Online reported.

New York’s One World Trade Centre was the tallest building completed in 2014. Standing at 541m, it is currently the world’s third tallest building but it’s an honour that it will only hold temporarily as it will be displaced during a shuffling of the order following the completion of the 632m tall Shanghai Tower in China this year.

The Shanghai Tower will then become the second tallest tower in the world, relegated Makkah’s Royal Clock Tower to third spot.

The CTBUH added that 2015 looks to be another record year for skyscraper construction, with 171 projects at over 200m topped out or under construction and on target for completion this year.

That includes Dubai's Marina 101 which, at 426.5m, will becone Dubai's second tallest building.

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