Cornerstone laid at Ground Zero

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg oversaw the ceremony which saw the 20- tonne slab lowered into place, marking the formal inauguration of construction of the new skyscraper at Ground Zero.

Engraved on the stone was an inscription honouring the “enduring spirit” of the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Suicide hijackers killed 2,749 people when two planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, causing them to topple.

While some family members of the victims have welcomed the new project as a symbol of rebirth, others have been deeply upset that proposed development is not the appropriate way to commemorate the dead.

When construction is completed on the replacement in late 2008 or early 2009, the new tower will stand at almost 550 metres in height, or 1776 feet, symbolising the year America gained its independence.

The building is to be topped by an 84-metre weighted spire that had inspiration for its design from the city’s other great icon, the Statue of Liberty.

Architect David Child’s modified blueprint of Daniel Libeskind’s winning original design incorporates 242,000 square metres of office space on around 60 floors housed inside a tapered high-rise.

Upon completion, the Freedom Tower will return to New York the distinction of being home to the world’s tallest building.

However, there is some contention on whether that honour should be accorded to the structure, as a large part of the Freedom Tower will be unoccupied space.

There is little doubt, though, that the Freedom Tower will ultimately cut as distinctive a profile in Manhattan’s skyline as the former World Trade Centre’s trademark twin towers once did.

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