World’s Tallest Tower Attracts Britain’s Finest Construction Firms

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In an ambitious joint venture, British construction firms ED Harris and Mace will collaborate to oversee construction of the world’s tallest tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Designed by Chicago Firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the soaring skyscraper, dubbed Kingdom Tower, will stand over a kilometre in height, overtaking Dubai’s 828-metre Burji Khalifa as the world’s tallest building.

Mace and EC Harris were selected by the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) to provide project, commercial and design management of the $1.2 billion tower that will be the central landmark of JEC’s proposed Kingdom City development – a $20 billion urban project to be built north of Jeddah, overlooking the Red Sea.

Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds, expressed his heightened anticipation for the project.

“Kingdom Tower is a project of international importance and immense ambition and we are delighted to be part of the Joint Venture team tasked with its delivery,” he said. “As the client’s project manager, I am confident we will deliver a development exemplary in innovation and approach.”

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Mace’s previous projects include the Shard Skyscraper and the London Eye.

The Kingdom Tower features a streamlined and aerodynamic design set to represent a bundle of leaves shooting up from the ground, reinforcing Saudi Arabia’s desire for evolution and urban development for Jeddah. It will also feature a high performance exterior designed to minimise energy consumption and reduce thermal loads.

The building will consist of a five star Four Seasons Hotel offering luxury suites, serviced apartments and offices encompassing 530,000 square metres of space along with the world’s highest observation deck. Visitors and residents will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Red Sea through outdoor terraces on three sides of the building.

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“The Kingdom Tower is a landmark building that will clearly demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s ambitions to the world,” said EC Harris head of property and social infrastructure Keith Brooks.

The tower is also being celebrated for incorporating the “world’s most sophisticated elevator system,” with 59 elevators and 12 escalators moving people throughout the building floors. Elevators to the observation deck will travel at an impressive rate of 10 meters per second in both directions.

“We intend Kingdom Tower to become both an economic engine and a proud symbol of the Kingdom’s economic and cultural stature in the world community,” said JEC board member Talal Al Maiman.

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Construction of Kingdom Tower is set to begin later this year with the project due to be completed in winter 2018.

By Angela Fedele
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