LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The builder of The Shard
skyscraper in London will be the project manager for the planned
$1.2 billion, 1,000-metre (3,300-foot) Kingdom Tower skyscraper
in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Mace will manage the development in a joint venture with
construction consultant EC Harris, part of Dutch group Arcadis
, and the tower will be built by Saudi construction
firm Bin Laden Group.
The tower's height will exceed a kilometre - precisely by
how much is a secret but the structure will take over from
Dubai's 828-metre tall Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest
Plans were unveiled 18 months ago by Saudi billionaire
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as the centrepiece to the Kingdom City
development in Jeddah, a major Red Sea port.
"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 British trade magazine Building.
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is undertaking multi-billion dollar
projects to improve its infrastructure and meet its massive
housing needs, spending over $400 billion in the five years to
2013 in addition to more than $130 million in social spending.
Jeddah, the country's second largest city with around four
million residents, has long complained of neglect.
Firms will "start mobilising" in April and construction work
should start by the middle of the year, Batterjee said.
Construction will take just over five years and the tower,
to include a hotel, serviced apartments and luxury condominiums,
will be more than three times taller than the 308-metre tall
Shard when complete in 2018.