The foundation of Europe's highest skyscraper currently under construction in St. Petersburg sets a new Guinness World Record. Tara Cleary reports.
A graphic impression of what St. Petersburg's and Europe's tallest skyscraper will look like once complete. Called Lakhta Center, the building's foundation has just been awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest continuous concrete pour for the foundation's lower slab. Guinness World Records representatives monitored the pour, which lasted 49 hours and in which almost 20,000 cubic meters or 21,000 cubic yards of concrete mix were laid. SOUNDBITE: Eva Norroy, records manager at Guinness World Records Book, saying (English): "I had already seen before all the dimensions of the sites, all the specifications, and now being able to see it with my own eyes is fantastic and I can tell that indeed everything corresponded to our standards and our rules." The 462-meter, 505-yard-high skyscraper is being built on the shore of the Gulf of Finland and will house, among other companies, Russia's monopoly Gazprom headquarters. The completion date is in 2018, if the country's economic crisis, western sanctions and falling oil prices don't hold up construction.