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Shard builders to construct the world’s tallest tower in Saudi Arabia

by Asa
21st Feb 13 11:19 am

The builder of London’s Shard skyscraper will manage the £800m 1,000-metre (3,300-foot) Kingdom Tower skyscraper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which is set to unseat the Burj Khalif as the world’s tallest building. This new project would tower over the Shard at four times its height.

A joint venture between EC Harris and Mace has been awarded the contract, with the tower set to include a five-star Four Seasons Hotel, serviced apartments and office space, Construction News reports.

Plans for the tower were unveiled over a year ago by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as the crown jewel to the Kingdom City development in Jeddah.

Kingdom Tower Jeddah

“One of the reasons we hired them is they are going to use the same team that was on The Shard,” Waleed Abduljaleel Batterjee, chief executive of developer Jeddah Economic Company, told Building magazine.

Kingdom Tower size comparison

Source: Andrea Woo

Kingdom Tower size comparison

Construction will start by the middle of this year and is set to be completed in 2018.

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