Inclined to luxury £1m spent on concrete for Hyatt hotel
Sunday 30 November 2008
The builders of Capital Gate, the landmark tower in a $2.2bn (£1.4bn) office and residential development in Abu Dhabi, pre-ordered more than £1m worth of concrete to tame volatile prices and a national shortage of the material.
The five-star Hyatt hotel was designed by UK and US-based architect RMJM Hillier and is due to open next autumn. It slants 18 degrees, more than four times the gradient of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The build programme saw 850 trucks deliver 5,500 cubic metres of concrete over 24 hours to build the base of the 35-storey, 160m tower. Tony Archibold, RMJM's project leader, said: "The scale of the scheme necessitated forward planning with the precision of a military campaign. Pre-ordering millions of pounds' worth of concrete was part of that and it worked like clockwork."
The district will surround the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, which submitted the tower to the Guinness Book of Records to recognise it as the world's "most inclined" building.
- 1 I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' near to camp
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
- 4 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 5 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Sarah Vine criticises lesbian mother Jack Monroe: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'
'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, PC World, GAME and Argos
Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
Michael Brown shooting: Driver smashes into crowd as protests erupt across the US during a second night of unrest
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
iJobs Money & Business
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Langley James : IT Support; Helpdesk, VMware; Manch...
£35000 - £450000 per annum + £3k car, £70k ote: h2 Recruit Ltd: Do you want to...
£Attractive Package: Citifocus Ltd: Prestigious financial institution seeks to...
£Negotiable: Citifocus Ltd: Experienced operational risk professional with ban...