The Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has appointed an EC Harris/Mace joint venture team to project manage the $1.2bn Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
As per the deal, the EC Harris/Mace joint venture team will provide project, commercial and design management services.
Designed by US-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Kingdom Tower will be over 1km in height and spread across an area of 530,000m².
The 161-storey tower forms part of the first construction phase of Kingdom City, a $20bn, 5.3 million m² mixed-use development north of Jeddah.
Kingdom Tower will feature a hotel, serviced apartments, office space, luxury condominiums, a high-end shopping mall, the central Tower Plaza and the world’s highest observation deck on the 157th floor.
The tower will feature 59 elevators, including 54 single-deck and five double-deck elevators, along with 12 escalators.
Sustainable features of the tower include a high-performance exterior wall system to minimise energy consumption by reducing thermal loads, while three sides of the building will feature a series of notches that create pockets of shadow, shielding parts of the building from the sun.
After completion, the tower is expected to be the tallest in the world, 173m taller than the current tallest building, the 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai and and four times the size of The Shard in London.
Construction work is due to start on site later in 2013 and is scheduled for completion within 63 months.
JEC chief executive officer Waleed Abdul Jaleel Batterjee said the company is in final negotiations to appoint a quantity surveyor consultancy, which will also be a UK-based firm.
"The vision of constructing the tallest tower in the world in Jeddah belongs to HRH Prince Al Waleed bin Talal," Batterjee said.
Partners of JEC include Kingdom Holding Company, Abraar, International Holding Company represented by Samaual Bakhsh and Jeddah-based businessman Abdulrahman Hassan Sharbatly.
JEC has already selected DAR Al-Handasah as the supervision consultant, Saudi Baeur as pilling contractor and Saudi BinLaden Group (SBG) as the main contractor for the project.
Image: Upon completion, Kingdom Tower will be 173m taller than the world’s existing tallest skyscraper, the 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Photo: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.