Program Management contract awarded for Kingdom Tower project – world’s tallest building


27 February 2013 – ARCADIS has announced that the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has appointed a joint venture between ARCADIS subsidiary EC Harris and Mace to project manage the iconic KingdomTower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  KingdomTower will be the world’s tallest building, standing over 1km in height.  This will be taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and four times the size of The Shard in London.

kingdom-towerThe partners of JEC are the Kingdom Holding Company, SBG, Abraar International Holding Company represented by Mr Samaual Bakhsh, and prominent Jeddah businessman Mr Abdulrahman Hassan Sharbatly

The EC Harris/Mace joint venture team will provide project, commercial and design management for the US$1.2bn  (£780m) KingdomTower development. With a total construction area of over 500,000 square meters, the soaring KingdomTower will be a mixed-use building featuring a five star luxury Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, first class office space, luxury 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.

Image: computer rendering released in August 2011, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Eng. Waleed Abdul Jaleel Batterjee, Chief Executive Officer of JEC said, “The vision of constructing the tallest tower in the world in Jeddah belongs to HRH Prince Al Waleed bin Talal. His vision is also that the project itself will set the world’s sights on our beloved Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and particularly on Jeddah.  Furthermore, the project will help create hundreds of jobs for our Saudi countrymen.” Batterjee added that JEC is also in final negotiations for the appointment of a Quantity Surveyor consultancy which will also be a UK based company.

Keith Brooks, Head of Property and Social Infrastructure at EC Harris said, “We are delighted to be on the team to deliver this iconic project.  The KingdomTower is a landmark building that will clearly demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s ambitions to the world.  We have a world class team in place and I am confident that our integrated approach to project, design and construction management will help deliver a safe and successful project.”

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive of Mace, said: “KingdomTower is a project of international importance and immense ambition and we are delighted to be part of the Joint Venture team tasked with its delivery. As the client’s project manager, I am confident we will deliver a development exemplary in innovation and approach. We look forward to the realisation of HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s vision which will secure international recognition for the Kingdom’s economic and cultural status.”

KingdomTower will be the centre piece of JEC’s US$20bn (£13bn) KingdomCity development which will be located to the north of Jeddah, overlooking the Red Sea.  The KingdomCity will consist of over 5.3 million square meters of urban development and it will include residential, commercial, hotel, offices, retail, educational and commercial centres as well as inland water features.

An interdisciplinary team led by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), based in Chicago, created the design of the KingdomTower. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill were appointed architects on KingdomTower in 2011.  This appointment has been followed by the appointment of DAR Al-Handasah as the supervision consultant, Saudi Baeur as Pilling Contractor as well as Saudi BinLaden Group (SBG) as the main contractor.

The EC Harris and Mace joint venture team combines the experience of EC Harris and ARCADIS’ Chicago based tall building experts, with international consultancy and construction company Mace. Together they have extensive experience delivering over 100 tall buildings around the globe including The Shard in London and The Landmark in Abu Dhabi.

EC Harris and Mace are working together on a number of projects, including a major programme of social infrastructure building projects for Qatar’s Public Works Authority Ashghal, DohaFestivalCity in Qatar, numerous retail and hospitality projects in the UAE and several major residential developments in Dubai.

EC Harris is a leading global built asset consultancy. As an ARCADIS company, EC Harris has access to approximately 21,000 professionals worldwide operating in over 70 countries, 300 offices and generating in excess of €2.4billion in revenue. Working across a wide range of market sectors, EC Harris helps clients create value from their investments in built assets.  For further information, contact www.echarris.com

Mace is an international consultancy and construction company employing over 3,700 people, across five continents with a turnover of £1bn. Mace’s business is programme and project management, cost consultancy, construction delivery and facilities management and is truly multi-disciplinary with services spanning the entire property and infrastructure lifecycle. Mace has three strategic sectors serving clients in the private, public and infrastructure sectors and five strategic hubs in Europe, Middle East & North Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Sub-Sahara Africa that service over 70 countries. For more information visit: www.macegroup.com.

Jeddah Economic Company formed in 2009, the consortium company that will be owning and developing Kingdom Tower  (the tallest tower in the world with a plus 1000 m height )  and Kingdom City ( an urban development of 500,000 sqm ) surrounding  the tower. The partners of JEC are Kingdom Holding Company, Mr. Samaual Bakhsh, Abraar, International Holding Company, prominent Jeddah businessmen Mr. Abdulrahman Hassan Sharbatly and Saudi Bin Laden Group (SBG). The capital of JEC is made up of SR8.8 billion in land value, assets that are SR7.3 billion, plus SR1.5 billion in cash contributed by SBG.

ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), is a leading international consultancy, design, engineering and management services company active in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 21,000 people and €2.4 billion in revenues, the company has an extensive international network supported by strong local market positions. ARCADIS supports UN-HABITAT with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. www.arcadis.com