China's Guangzhou tower nears completion

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The 437m tower is the tallest structure ever built to a design by a British architect.

Construction of the Guangzhou International Finance Centre in south-east China is nearly complete, and the tower is expected to take its first tenants in spring 2011. Wilkinson Eyre, a two-time winner of the Stirling Prize, designed the 103-storey tower to accommodate hotel and office space.

The Four Seasons luxury hotel group will take floors at the top, providing remarkable views of China's third-biggest city. The tower will also make a striking addition to the landscape for visitors coming to Guangzhou next month for the 16th Asian Games.

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