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Brum's tallest buildings compared to the rest of the world

2014-11-10 16:55:57

They may tower over our streets - but compared to the colossal constructions around the world the tallest buildings in Brum are simply tiny.

This graphic reveals the incredible difference between Birmingham's skyline, and that of places like China.

Birmingham has the fourth tallest skyline outside London - but it's just a quarter the size of Shanghai.

The city's tallest five buildings are an average of 95 metres tall. That means Birmingham's skyline is just behind Liverpool on 98m.

It is under half as tall as London, where the top five buildings are an average of 230m tall.

However all these sizes pale in comparison to Shanghai.

The Chinese financial capital's five tallest buildings are an enormous 421m tall - more than four times as tall as Birmingham's.

The BT Tower, Birmingham's tallest building at 152m, would not even come close to breaking into the top 20 tallest in Shanghai.

Nor would it break into the top 20 in Dubai. The Emirate is home to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which stands 828m tall. That is over five times the size of the BT Tower and more than six times the size of 10 Holloway Circus, Birmingham's second tallest building and the tallest occupied building in the city.

If the BT Tower were twice as tall it would make it into the top 10 in New York. It would come in seventh place behind One57 in Manhattan when the New York skyscraper is completed this year.

Birmingham's top five buildings

1 BT Tower 152 metres tall

2 10 Holloway Circus 130m

3 Alpha Tower [Arena Central] 100m

4= The Orion Building 90m

4= Cleveland Tower [The Sentinels] 90m

4= Clydesdale Tower [The Sentinels] 90m

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