November 14, 2017 16:21 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

The rise and rise of China's 'groundscraper' hotel

It seems the InterContinental Shimao hotel in Shanghai, China, is inching towards the first major stage of completion - as new footage reveals ahead of the reported May 2018 opening shows.

It has been work in progress since 2006.

And, finally, it seems that the InterContinental Shimao hotel in Shanghai, China, is inching towards the first major stage of completion - as new footage reveals.

Filmed by Asia's Pear Video, the most up-to-date scenes show the venue's exterior taking shape just six months ahead of the £345million resort's reported opening in May 2018.

In progress: Work continues to build the InterContinental Shimao hotel in Songjiang district of Shanghai, east China

In progress: Work continues to build the InterContinental Shimao hotel in Songjiang district of Shanghai, east China

After years of hard work from a team of 5,000 construction staff, the epic project is seen beginning to resemble the original artist's impression of the building, which was first unveiled in 2006.

Once completely shrouded with scaffolding and green safety netting, this is gradually being stripped away to showcase the balconies which will overlook an artificial lake.

Meanwhile, the floors that are set to be submerged underneath the imported water are also visible.

Vision: An artist's view of what the finished InterContinental Shimao hotel will look like when it finally opens in summer 2018

Vision: An artist's view of what the finished InterContinental Shimao hotel will look like when it finally opens in summer 2018

Progress: Once completely shrouded with scaffolding and green safety netting, this is gradually being stripped away

Progress: Once completely shrouded with scaffolding and green safety netting, this is gradually being stripped away

The newly-released drone footage illustrates considerable progress for the vision, which planners originally hoped to have completed in 2014. Now, Pear Video report that the complex will eventually open for summer 2018.  

The £345million complex has been designed by British-based firm Atkins and will have 370 guest rooms across its 19 floors to be enjoyed by the Chinese elite.

Two of the floors will be above ground and 17 below, but the two bottom floors will be underwater and boast a glass-walled aquarium, a restaurant and guest rooms.

The balconies which will overlook an artificial lake have now become visible and will ultimately resemble this impression 

The balconies which will overlook an artificial lake have now become visible and will ultimately resemble this impression 

Eagerly anticipated: The project, which first began back in 2006, is finally expected to open in the summer of 2018

Eagerly anticipated: The project, which first began back in 2006, is finally expected to open in the summer of 2018

Update: The newly-released drone footage illustrates considerable progress for the vision, which planners originally hoped to have completed in 2014

Update: The newly-released drone footage illustrates considerable progress for the vision, which planners originally hoped to have completed in 2014

The resort will have several restaurants, guest rooms, swimming pool, sports centre, banqueting hall and conference facilities

The resort will have several restaurants, guest rooms, swimming pool, sports centre, banqueting hall and conference facilities

A swimming pool and a sports centre will also be built inside the hotel as well as several restaurants, a banqueting hall and conference rooms for business meetings.

Atkins has even designed the structure to blend in with the landscape using an eco-friendly green roof that will be have various trees planted on top.

The hotel will have an exact altitude of minus 87 yards and guest rooms will start at around £200 per night.

The finished product: A swimming pool and a sports centre will also be built inside the hotel as well as several restaurants, a banqueting hall and conference rooms for business meetings

The finished product: A swimming pool and a sports centre will also be built inside the hotel as well as several restaurants, a banqueting hall and conference rooms for business meetings

Tall tales: The finsihed hotel will have an exact altitude of minus 87 yards and guest rooms will start at around £200 per night

Tall tales: The finsihed hotel will have an exact altitude of minus 87 yards and guest rooms will start at around £200 per night

Sympathetic to the surroundings: The structure will blend in with the landscape thanks to eco-friendly, tree-lined roof

Sympathetic to the surroundings: The structure will blend in with the landscape thanks to eco-friendly, tree-lined roof

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