The UK's Atkins is due to complete by December detailed designs for the tallest building in the kingdom. To be located on King Fahd Street in Riyadh, the mixed-use facility will be 352 metres high and house offices, retail outlets and a seven-star hotel. The project, to be built over 62,000 square metres, is estimated to cost at least $250 million. A tender for the main construction works is due to be issued by early 2006. The client is a local private developer (MEED 18:3:05).
The development is one in a series of high-rise tower projects that are planned in the kingdom, with contracts being awarded for two projects in the Eastern Province and design work ongoing for a landmark development in Riyadh. In the Eastern Province, the local Al-Sweikhat Trading & Contracting Company has been awarded an 18-month contract to build twin towers - each with 42 storeys and a height of 170 metres - in the Rakaa area of Al-Khobar. The project is due to be completed by late 2006. The client is the local Mubarak al-Sweikhat Group. The local Abdulrehman Turki Company (Atco) is also due to start work on a 32-storey, 160-metre high-rise to be built on the Dammam-Al-Khobar highway. The facility will take about two years to build. Lebanon's Samir Khairallah Partners is the design consultant and architect; the client is the local Abdulhadi al-Zoaibi. Saudi Readymixhas the contract to supply a total of 72,000 cubic metres of concrete for both mixed-use projects located in the Eastern Province.
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