Kingdom Tower project in Saudi Arabia moves forward

23 February 2012 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2012 18:30)

Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has received final approval to build the $1.2bn Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has received final approval to build the $1.2bn Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Upon completion, the tower is expected to be the tallest in the world, rising to over 1km high and making it at least 173m (568ft) taller than the current tallest building, Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa.

Kingdom Tower will feature a high-end shopping mall, additional development parcels that will accommodate commercial and high-density residential structures, offices, two luxury hotels and high-quality open spaces, including the central Tower Plaza.

It will have a three-petal development for residential units, and a tapering wings structure to offer an aerodynamic shape, helping to reduce structural loading due to wind vortex shedding.

The building will feature a high-performance exterior wall system that will 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.

Kingdom Tower complex will contain 59 elevators, including 54 single-deck and five double-deck elevators, along with 12 escalators.

The 161-storey tower, to be built over an area of 530,000m², is expected to be completed in 63 months.

The skyscraper was designed by a team led by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) had previously signed a contract with Jeddah Economic Company and Saudi Binladin Group to carry out the tower project.

Partners of JEC include KHC, Samaual Bakhsh, Abraar, International Holding Company, Jeddah-based businessman Abdulrahman Hassan Sharbatly and Saudi Binladin Group.