New Hanoi skyscraper gets helipad nod

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The Ministry of Construction has approved the building of an helipad atop Vietnam's tallest building being built in Hanoi.


Keangnam Vina, the South Korea-owned investor in the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, has received permission to reduce the height of its lower tower from 212 meters to 210.7 meters and add the helipad. The building includes a 48-floor tower and a 70-floor one.


The construction, equipment and use of the helipad has to follow requirements set by the Vietnam People's Army, the ministry said.


Keangnam Vina has been asked to inform local authorities of the construction changes.


Work on the building, slated to be the highest in Vietnam upon completion, began in 2007 and was expected to be completed by Hanoi's millennial celebrations this October.


Costing more than $1 billion, the building will house hotels, offices and high-end apartments.


The Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City is currently the country's tallest building with 68 stories. It is also the first building in Vietnam to have a helicopter pad, on the 50th floor.


Though its height is impressive, Keangnam Tower has had an infamous safety record.


Two workers at the site died this February while four fell to their deaths during a single week in July 2009.


In March, a fire broke out on the 25th floor of the project.


In October, a piece of debris fell from the site severely injuring a woman who was passing below.

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