Shard duo set to build tallest tower on earth

Michael Bow
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THE LONDON-based construction duo behind the iconic Shard tower yesterday revealed their next building project – constructing the biggest tower on earth.

Mace and EC Harris, who helped lead the construction of the imposing Renzo Piano-designed Shard, have been appointed to project manage the construction of the Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The tower, set to cost $1.2bn (£780m), will stand at 3,300 feet high when built and will be four times as high as the Shard. It is due to start construction later this year and will take just over five years to complete.

Saudi Binladin Group is constructing the building, with EC Harris and Mace in charge of project management.

Jeddah Economic Company, the group behind the tower, has appointed the companies. The tower is part of a bigger £13bn development in Jeddah, overlooking the Red Sea.