Saturday 25 January 2020

Spire makes World Trade Centre tallest in the west

An iron worker holds a rope as the 408-foot spire is hoisted onto a temporary platform on the top of One World Trade Center
An iron worker holds a rope as the 408-foot spire is hoisted onto a temporary platform on the top of One World Trade Center
Pedestrians turn to look and take photographs as the final piece of the building's spire is lifted to the top of One World Trade Center

Construction workers watch as a 408ft spire is hoisted on to a temporary platform on the top of One World Trade Centre in New York.

The spire itself weighs 758 tonnes and when installed will make the skyscraper the tallest structure in the western hemisphere and the third-tallest in the world. The raising of the spire, which came on the second anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, will make One World Trade Centre 1,776ft tall.

The skyscraper is built on the site where the September 11, 2001 attacks toppled the original World Trade Centre towers.

Irish Independent

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