Atkins scales new heights for the kingdom

12 August 2005
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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