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Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia: Project testing begins

Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia: Project testing begins

The world's latest tallest tower is set for completion in 2018

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It seems Jeddah could soon steal Dubai's crown for the world's tallest building, as tests on construction materials for a record breaking skyscraper commence

Lebanon-based consulting organisation, Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), have been appointed to carry out quality control checks on Saudi Binladin Group's 'Kingdom Tower' project in Jeddah – expected to join the ranks of the world's other impressive skyscrapers – and eventually become the planet's tallest tower on its completion in 2018. 

Plans detail that construction of the building will use half a million cubic metres of concrete and around 80,000 tons of steel, encompassing a total construction area of 530,000 square metres – as it aims to become the world's first kilometre tall tower. Material is currently being tested to ensure it can be used at such heights.

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ACTS said it would deploy around 100 expert staff members to carry out day-to-day quality control operations in a fully-equipped site laboratory, installed by them, for the Jeddah project.

Work on the Kingdom Tower has been valued at Dhs4.5 billion and is set to be the centrepiece and first construction phase of the new 'Kingdom City' development, located along the Red Sea coast in the north of Jeddah. The tower is expected overtake the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai as the world's tallest building.