Construction has begun on a British-designed supertall skyscraper in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The blueprint for the 460m high tower was created by Atkins, as lead architect, and Arup as structural designer.
Once completed it is expected to be the tallest building in Vietnam.
UK prime minister David Cameron said: “Atkins and Arup are leading the way in unlocking the potential for British businesses in Vietnam.
“It’s a testament to their expertise that Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline will be shaped by British design, as they work on Vietnam’s tallest skyscraper. I’m pleased they were able to join me on my trade mission as we look to further export UK excellence and forge stronger links with the fast growing economies of South East Asia.”
The 241,000m2, 81 storey tower is located in Vinhomes Central Park and will be a mixed use development with provision for hotel, serviced residential apartments and retail with a shopping centre at the base.
It is expected to be completed in 2017.
Atkins Asia Pacific director of architecture and landscape Bertil de Kleynen said: “Our challenge was to create a unique and dynamic landmark tower design to support Vingroup’s vision for a high-end mixed use development.
“This project marks a significant progress for Atkins in Vietnam and reinforces our track record in landmark projects on a global scale.”