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Incredible pictures of tower which toppled over - in one piece

A nearly-completed 13-storey apartment building has fallen over - almost intact - in the Chinese city of Shanghai

Nine people were being held by authorities in relation to the incident, which saw the Lotus Riverside tower collapse early on Saturday morning, according to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News.

One worker was killed and investigators are warning of severe punishment for those responsible, the Associated Press has reported.

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  • Look at the size of the foundations. There's nothing there...

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  • Let us hope that we can learn from the findings of the investigation are fully published to establish whether this is a design, construction related failure or a combination of the two.
    In consequence it should be regarded as a "wake up call" for construction professionals in the UK to revisited some of their tried and tested designs and processes, to ensure that such an event will not occur here; the Cologne Stadt Archive is closer than Shanghai.

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  • Notice the two identical buildings adjacent (image 4). What are the chances the foundations of those blocks are any better? Bandits.

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  • Amazing that even Chinese building controls failed in Shanghai. I'd be less surprised if it were a provincial town/city, but to have it happen in a major city open to the world is particularly revealing.
    It would be interesting for the AJ to keep an eye out for the findings of the enquiry. Undoubtedly the authorities won't be shouting about it.

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