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Cambodia plans world’s second tallest tower


Published on Sep 8, 2010

Phnom Penh development to rise 555 metres...

Cambodia may become the unlikely location for one of the world’s tallest buildings, if plans unveiled this week by the country’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, get the go ahead. According to the Phnom Penh Post, a new 555-metre tower is being planned for Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island development. If built, it would trail only Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa in the current ranks of world’s highest buildings, and would tower over Cambodia’s current tallest building, the 118m Canadia Tower in Phnom Penh.

Other under-construction developments however, including the 634m Tokyo Sky Tree, the 632m Shanghai Tower and the 610m Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower, would also eclipse it. It would however, become Southeast Asia’s tallest building, rising higher than Kuala Lumpur’s 452m Petronas Twin Towers. “Cambodia will build the tallest private building in Asia,” Hun Sen announced at a university in the capital. His proclamation was backed up by the Project Manager of the Diamond Island development, Touch Samnang. “We are studying the land,” the Post quoted Samnang as saying. “We have enough possible [investment] to build. We are not looking for investment partners. But for the technical construction we will need [assistance] from abroad. We’re looking for a construction company to build it.” No development timeline for development was given, but such a large scale project is likely to take at least fi ve years to plan and construct.

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