Guangzhou Daily: The construction of the East Tower, which has been confirmed to be the tallest building in South China, will begin this year, reporters learned from the Work Conference on the Launching of the Construction of the East Tower Project in Zhujiang New Town of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province.
Jian Wenhao, Director of the Guangzhou Municipal Construction Commission, said that Zhujiang New Town roughly occupies an area of 6.12 square kilometers with a planned population of approximately 300,000 residents and office staff. The new town, the construction of which is requested to be basically completed before the Asian Games in 2010, will become the engine of the modern service industry in Guangzhou. Jian noted that the construction of the West Tower will has been completed and it is expected to be put into use in June 2010.
According to requirements, the East Tower, which is symmetrical with the West Tower in height, size, function and use, will complete construction and begin operating in 2015. According to an official responsible for the East Tower project, the total investment for the East Tower will exceed 10 billion yuan and the Chow Tai Fook Group is financially fully prepared for the project.
By People's Daily Online