Indian IT giant Infosys, that employs tens of thousands of people globally has said it plans to build the world's largest free-standing clock tower at its campus in the southern city of Mysore. When ready next year the tower will stand 135m (443 feet) tall, thus dwarfing the Old Joe in Birmingham, UK - the current tallest clock tower that is 100m high, and Big Ben in London, UK that is 96m high and both are not free-standing.
Infosys claims its corporate training campus in Mysore is the largest such IT training facility in the world, and when built, the new clock tower will have 19 storey’s, which will include meeting rooms, a visitor lounge, dining facilities, viewing galleries, and will also be digital unlike its rivals. According to an Executive VP Ramadas Kamath, “‘clock towers symbolize perfection, discipline, and the way work is done”’.
Infosys also says the tower will be built in the Gothic style and designed to match the classical look of other buildings on the campus. The estimated cost is nearly $10 million.
It will be prefabricated in the neighbouring southern state Tamil Nadu before being assembled in Mysore - and will take an approximate 20 months to complete.