London to join the mile high club?

The Saudi owner of the Savoy is considering building a mile-high tower in London.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 19 Jun 2013
London’s Shard was Europe’s tallest building for all of five minutes, before it was over-taken by Moscow’s 339m (1,112ft) Mercury City Tower.

Could London be back in the game? Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire owner of the Savoy Hotel, has magnanimously suggested that the capital might like to play host to the mile-high tower he’s planning to construct.

‘We are discussing and evaluating the possibility of building a one-mile tower,’ the Prince told Reuters.

‘I am now inviting major cities of the world like Shanghai, Moscow, New York, London and regional cities in the Middle East to come and give their offers.’

At 1,600m, the tower would be twice the height of the world’s current tallest skyscraper, Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa; and over five times the height of the Shard – which at just 309m, seems rather pathetic by comparison.

- Image: Flickr/Luke McKernan

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