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EC Harris, Mace to develop $1.2 billion Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah
UK-based EC Harris in joint venture with Mace has secured a contract from Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) for the development of $1.2 billion Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which is touted to be the tallest tower in the world.
Being the centre piece of JEC’s $20 billion Kingdom City development plan, the Kingdom Tower is designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The Kingdom Tower will stand over 1km in height, and will be a mixed-use facility with a total construction area of over 500,000 square meters.
Upon completion, the tower will feature a five-star luxury Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, first-class office space, luxury condominiums and an observatory that will be higher than the world’s current highest observation deck.
The Kingdom City will consist of over 5.3 million square meters of urban development and will include residential, commercial, hotel, offices, retail, educational and commercial centres as well as inland water features. The tower’s height will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than the world’s current tallest building, Dubai’s 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa and four times the size of The Shard in London.
Pursuant to the contract, the joint venture will provide project, commercial and design management for the tower. Construction work is due to start on site on the later part of 2013, and it will take 63 months to complete the project.