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SQUARING UP

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SQUARING UP: With more than 3,000 workers swarming over the foundations of China's National Grand Theatre, just west of Tian An Men Square, Beijing, the £220M project will set several records for Chinese construction. At 32.6m, its foundations are the deepest yet built in Beijing, while the steel superstructure will see both an unparalleled span of 216m and the country's first titanium cladding. Some 8,000 panels will be needed to make up the building's 35,000m 2envelope.

Main contractor Beijing Urban Construction Group in joint venture with Hong Kong Construction Holdings and Shanghai Construction Group has already placed 30,000t of rebar and poured 96,000m 3 concrete.

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