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UAE wants world record for leaning tower

The builders of Capital Gate in the United Arab Emirates have applied to the Guinness Book of Records to enter the iconic building as the “World’s most inclined tower”.

The building, which is under construction in Abu Dhabi, leans eastward at four times that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa - at 18 degrees compared to the latter's four degrees.

Because of its posture, the tower is being constructed on top of a dense mesh of reinforced steel. The dense mesh sits above an intensive distribution of 490 piles which have been drilled 30 m underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building.

ADNEC Group chief executive Simon Horgan said: "Capital Gate will be a building that the world will talk about, not because it has surpassed another building as the world's tallest, but because of its aesthetic splendour and technical achievement." "

Capital Gate will be 'one of a kind' added David Pringle, chief executive, RMJM Asia and the Middle East, who are project architects.

He said: "Its graceful, asymmetric diagonal structure, known as a ‘diagrid', supports the tilting external load of the building and we believe that this is the first building in the world to use a pre-cambered core."

Capital Gate will accommodate the 5-star ‘Hyatt at Capital Centre' hotel and will provide the most exclusive office space in Abu Dhabi. The tower forms a major part of the Capital Centre development, an AED8 billion (£1.3 billion) business and residential micro city being constructed around the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.