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List of tallest structures in the Commonwealth of Nations

Kuala Lumpur is home to several of the Commonwealth's tallest structures, including the Commonwealth's tallest building.

The Commonwealth dates back to the first half of the 20th century with the decolonization of the British Empire through increased self-governance of its territories. It was originally created as the British Commonwealth of Nations through the Balfour Declaration at the 1926 Imperial Conference, and was formalized by the United Kingdom through the Statute of Westminster in 1931. Though the current Commonwealth of Nations was formally constituted by the London Declaration in 1949, the Statute of Westminster in 1931 is most often used as dividing point between the British Empire and The Commonwealth.

Tallest structures

This list ranks structures that stand at least 300 m (984 ft) tall, measured from the base to the tallest structural point. This includes antenna masts, spires, and architectural details.

Rank Structure Height Location Country Completed Notes
1 CN Tower 553.3 m (1,815 ft) Toronto, Ontario  Canada 1976 Tallest freestanding structure in the world until 2007; tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere.
2 Twin umbrella antennas of INS Kattabomman 471 m (1,545 ft) Vijayanarayanam, Tamil Nadu  India 2013 Tallest military structure in the world.
3 The Exchange 106 453.5 m (1,488 ft) Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 2019 Tallest building in the Commonwealth of Nations.
4 Petronas Towers 452 m (1,483 ft) Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 1996 Tallest twin buildings in the world.
5 Kuala Lumpur Tower 421 m (1,381 ft) Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 1994
6 CKX-TV Craig broadcasting tower 412 m (1,352 ft) Hayfield, Manitoba  Canada 1973, 1985 Collapsed in 1983; replaced by tower of same height.
7 Naval Communication System, Tower Zero 389 m (1,276 ft) Exmouth, Western Australia  Australia 1967 Tallest structure of any type in the Southern Hemisphere.
8 Inco Superstack 380 m (1,250 ft) Sudbury, Ontario  Canada 1970 Demolition to commence in 2020.
9 VLF Transmitter Skelton 365 m (1,198 ft) Skelton, Cumbria, England  United Kingdom 2001 Tallest structure in the United Kingdom since April 2010.
10 Naval Communication Station, Towers 7-12 364 m (1,194 ft) Exmouth, Western Australia  Australia 1967 A ring of six identical transmitters surrounding an inner ring of six shorter transmitters and the much taller "Tower Zero" transmitter.
11 CHCH-DT-3 TV Tower 360 m (1,180 ft) Midland, Ontario  Canada ?
12 CHCH TV Tower 357.5 m (1,173 ft) Stoney Creek, Ontario  Canada 1960
13 First Canadian Place 355 m (1,165 ft) Toronto, Ontario  Canada 1975
14 Belmont Transmitter 351.7 m (1,154 ft) Donington on Bain, England  United Kingdom 1965 Between October 2009 and April 2010, the mast was shorted from its original height of 387.7 metres to 351.7 metres.
15 Caldbeck transmitting station 337.1 m (1,106 ft) Caldbeck, Cumbria, England  United Kingdom 1961, 2008 Original transmitter demolished in 2008; replaced by an identical tower built close to the original.
16 Emley Moor transmitting station 331 m (1,086 ft) Emley Moor, England  United Kingdom 1971 Original 1964 transmitter had a height of 385.5 metres before collapsing in 1969; replaced by a shorter 331 metre transmitter in 1971.
17 Sky Tower 328 m (1,076 ft) Auckland  New Zealand 1997 Tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
18 Starbuck CBC Tower 324 m (1,063 ft) Winnipeg, Manitoba  Canada ?
19 Q1 Tower 323 m (1,060 ft) Gold Coast, Queensland  Australia 2005
20 Abeokuta Radio Mast 321 m (1,053 ft) Abeokuta, Ogun State  Nigeria ? Fifth tallest structure in Africa.
21 CIII Television Tower 316 m (1,037 ft) Paris, Ontario  Canada 1974
22= CFPL Television Tower 315 m (1,033 ft) London, Ontario  Canada 1961
22= Waltham Mast 315 m (1,033 ft) Melton Mowbray, England  United Kingdom 1966, 1968 Collapsed in 1966 shortly after completion; replaced by identical tower in 1968.
24 Arfon Mast 314 m (1,030 ft) Gwynedd, Wales  United Kingdom 1962
25 Menara Telekom 312 m (1,024 ft) Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 2001
26= Winter Hill Mast 309 m (1,014 ft) Belmont, England  United Kingdom 1956
26= Sydney Tower 309 m (1,014 ft) Sydney, New South Wales  Australia 1981
26= Bilsdale Mast 309 m (1,014 ft) Helmsley, England  United Kingdom 1969
29= Black Hill Mast 307 m (1,007 ft) Airdrie, Scotland  United Kingdom 1961
29= Durris Mast 307 m (1,007 ft) Stonehaven, Scotland  United Kingdom 1961
31 Strabane Mast 306 m (1,004 ft) Strabane, Northern Ireland  United Kingdom 1963
32= Mendlesham Mast 305 m (1,001 ft) Mendlesham, England  United Kingdom 1959
32= Lichfield Mast 305 m (1,001 ft) Tamworth, England  United Kingdom 1961
32= Mendip Mast 305 m (1,001 ft) Wells, England  United Kingdom 1967
32= Fazilka TV Tower 305 m (1,001 ft) Fazilka, Punjab  India 2007
36= PRTVC Rayfield Tower 304.8 m (1,000 ft) Rayfield  Nigeria ?
36= New Netim TV Mast 304.8 m (1,000 ft) New Netim, Cross River State  Nigeria ?
38= CKVR Television Tower 304 m (997 ft) Barrie, Ontario  Canada 1955
38= Naval Communication Station, Towers 1-6 364 m (1,194 ft) Exmouth, Western Australia  Australia 1967 A ring of six identical transmitters surrounding the much taller "Tower Zero" transmitter.
40= Central mast of INS Kattabomman 301 m (988 ft) Vijayanarayanam, Tamil Nadu  India 1990
40= SASOL III Synthetic Fuel Production Plant Smokestack 301 m (988 ft) Secunda, Mpumalanga  South Africa 1984  South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961 but rejoined in 1994.[1]
42 AKBC Broadcasting Tower 300.5 m (986 ft) Uyo, Akwa Ibom  Nigeria ?
43 Large Ikorodu TV Mast 300.2 m (985 ft) Ikorodu, Lagos State  Nigeria ?
44= Duvha Power Station Smokestacks 300 m (980 ft) eMalahleni, Mpumalanga  South Africa 1984  South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961 but rejoined in 1994.[1]
44= Komati Power Station Smokestack 300 m (980 ft) Mpumalanga  South Africa 1966  South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961 but rejoined in 1994.[1]
44= Mumbai TV Tower 300 m (980 ft) Mumbai, Maharashtra  India 1972

Former tallest structures

This list ranks demolished or destroyed structures that stood at least 300 m (984 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes antenna masts, spires, and architectural details.

Rank Structure Height Location Country Completed Notes
1 VLF Transmitter Woodside 427.0 m (1,400.9 ft) Woodside, Victoria  Australia 1982 Demolished in 2015; was the second tallest structure in the Commonwealth of Nations upon completion in 1982. Tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere for its entire lifespan.
2 Cape Race LORAN-C transmitter 412.0 m (1,351.7 ft) Cape Race, Newfoundland and Labrador  Canada 1965 Collapsed in 1993; replaced by a much shorter 260m tower shortly thereafter.
3 Central Plaza 373.9 m (1,227 ft) Hong Kong  Hong Kong 1992 The transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997 ended the colony's status as a part of the Commonwealth through the United Kingdom.
4 CBC Tower 371.0 m (1,217.2 ft) Shawinigan, Quebec  Canada 1972 Demolished in 2001; replaced by a new tower of an unknown but similar height. If the new tower's height is the same as the original, it would be the eighth tallest structure in the Commonwealth.
5 Bank of China Tower 367.4 m (1,205 ft) Hong Kong  Hong Kong 1990 The transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997 ended the colony's status as a part of the Commonwealth through the United Kingdom.

Timeline of tallest structures

This list ranks structures that were the tallest in the Commonwealth of Nations, measured from the base to the tallest structural point. This includes antenna masts, spires, and architectural details. Since 1973, Canada has been home to the tallest structure in the Commonwealth.

History of the tallest structures in the Commonwealth of Nations
Period Building Image Location Country Height
1931 – 1954 Canadian Bank of Commerce Tower
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Toronto, Ontario  Canada 145 m (476 ft)
1954 – 1956 CICT-TV Towers 1 & 2 Calgary, Alberta  Canada 250 m (820 ft)
1956 – 1960 Winter Hill transmitting station
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Belmont, England  United Kingdom 309 m (1,014 ft)
1960 – 1967 CHCH TV Tower
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Stoney Creek, Ontario  Canada 357.5 m (1,173 ft)
1967 – 1973 Naval Communication Station, Tower Zero
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Exmouth, Western Australia  Australia 389 m (1,276 ft)
1973 – 1976 CKX-TV Craig TV Tower Hayfield, Manitoba  Canada 412 m (1,352 ft)
1976 – present CN Tower
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Toronto, Ontario  Canada 553.3 m (1,815 ft)

References

  1. ^ a b c "South Africa | The Commonwealth". thecommonwealth.org. Retrieved 15 September 2019.