UK’s EC Harris and Mace to project manage world’s tallest building

The Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has appointed an EC Harris/Mace joint venture to project manage the iconic Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Standing over 1km high, developers are aiming for Kingdom Tower to be the world’s tallest building.

The EC Harris/Mace JV will provide project, commercial and design management for the US$1.2bn development.

The tower will house a luxury hotel, serviced apartments, office space, condominiums and an observatory that will be higher than the world’s current highest observation deck. Construction work is due to start on site later this year and is due for completion within 63 months, EC Harris said.

Eng. Waleed Abdul Jaleel Batterjee, chief executive officer of JEC, said JEC is in final negotiations for the appointment of a quantity surveyor, also a UK-based company.

Construction is due to start on site later this year (Credit: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

Kingdom Tower will be the centrepiece of JEC’s US$20bn Kingdom City development north of Jeddah, overlooking the Red Sea.

Kingdom City will consist of over 5.3 million sq m of residential, commercial, hotel, offices, retail, educational and commercial space.

An interdisciplinary team led by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) created the tower’s design. They were appointed architects in 2011.

DAR Al-Handasah is the supervision consultant, Saudi Baeur is piling contractor and Saudi BinLaden Group (SBG) is main contractor.

EC Harris and Mace are also working together on a major programme of social infrastructure for Qatar’s Public Works Authority, Doha Festival City in Qatar, and other retail and hospitality projects in the UAE.

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