Shard builders to construct world’s tallest building in Saudi Arabia
Mace and EC Harris have been confirmed as the team behind the construction of a tower which will be crowned the tallest in the world, guardian.co.uk reports.
Mace was involved in building the Shard, however this new project will see the creation of a tower that, at approximately 1,000 metres, will stand at three times the height of the London skyscraper.
Kingdom Tower will be crowned the tallest in the world
Plans for Kingdom Tower, to be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, were unveiled in 2011 by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as the jewel of his Kingdom City development. While it will stand taller than the world’s current tallest building, Dubai’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa, Kingdom Tower’s exact height has not yet been confirmed.
Construction is expected to take about five years
Costing approximately £800 million, the skyscraper design will incorporate serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and a hotel. Construction is expected to take about five years with initial works commencing “hopefully by the middle of this year”, according to developer Jeddah Economic Company (JEC).
A symbol of Saudi Arabia’s stable economy
JEC chief executive office, Waleed Abduljaleel Batterjee, told building.co.uk that Kingdom Tower will be
“the first icon for Jeddah and the region” and serve as a symbol of Saudi Arabia’s stable economy.
He singled out Mace’s experience with the Shard as one of the main factors why the firm’s bid was successful for this project.
“One of the reasons we hired them is they are going to use the same team that was on the Shard,” Batterjee explained.
Author: Elizabeth Smythe Date Written: 22 February 2013