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Saudi Arabia plans world’s tallest building

Saudi Arabia plans world’s tallest building

Plans to build the world’s tallest tower in Saudi Arabia are now a step closer to reality after a deal was agreed to provide the project with £1.5 billion in funding, which will be used to complete the building and create surrounding subsidiary structures.EC Harris and Mace have been chosen as the contractor for the tower, which once completed will stand over one kilometre tall in the city of Jeddah.Work is already underway up to the 26th floor of the Kingdom Tower, but the new agreement means that the full 200 floors are set to be completed by 2020.Mounib Hammoud, chief executive officer of Jeddah Economic Company, the owner and developer of the Jeddah Economic City project, said: “With this deal, we will reach new, as yet unheard of highs in real estate development, and will fulfill the company’s objective of creating a world-class urban centre that offers an advanced lifestyle, so that Jeddah may have a new iconic landmark that attracts people from all walks of society with comprehensive services and a multitude of uses.”At its full height, the Kingdom Tower will be substantially taller than the 830-metre Burj Khalifa building in Dubai (currently the world’s tallest) and four times the size of the Shard in London.It is set to include a five-star hotel, serviced apartments, condominiums, offices and the world’s highest observation deck. The total floor space will be five million square feet.Architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill have included some of the characteristic elements of the existing Burj Khalifa building, but with structural adjustments that will allow it to be made even taller.A representative for Gordon Gill explained: “Because it changes shape every few floors, the wind loads go round the building and won't be as extreme as on a really solid block.” 

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