The builders of the tallest building in the EU (the second tallest in Europe) are getting ready to start on the kilometer-high Kingdom Tower, to be built north of Jeddah. According to this Reuters report (here found in the UK’s Guardian), construction is scheduled to start mid-year, with the various components being marshaled on site starting next month. The project has been scaled down a bit. When first announced, it was to be a mile high.

Artist's conception of Kingdom Tower, one kilometer high

Shard builder plans world’s tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia

(Reuters) The builder of The Shard skyscraper in London will be the project manager for the planned 1,000-metre-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – the proposed tallest building in the world.

Mace will manage the development in a joint venture with construction consultant EC Harris, part of Dutch group Arcadis. The skyscraper will be built by the Saudi construction firm Bin Laden Group.

The tower’s height is planned at almost three times the height of the Shard (at 308 metres), although by precisely how much is a secret. The structure will take over from Dubai’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest skyscraper.

The tower is to include a hotel, serviced apartments and luxury condominiums.

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