The British company that built the Shard skyscraper in London will manage the construction of the Kingdom tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the world’s tallest building when completed.
Mace, which also played a part in building the London Eye and renovating Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, has been appointed by the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) to jointly oversee the £780m project with EC Harris, a British-based construction consultancy.
Exactly how far the Kingdom tower will rise above the sands of the Arabian desert near Jeddah is still a closely guarded secret, but JEC said it will be taller than the 830 metre Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building. The company also said it would be four times as high as the 310 metre Shard, meaning it could top out at about 1,200 metres.
The Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal unveiled the plans, by American firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, 18 months ago as part of a new £13bn Kingdom City development on the Red Sea coast to the north of Jeddah.