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Construction Commences On The Tallest Building In The World

The Burj Khalifa’s stint as the world’s official tallest building is set to come to an end in five years’ time as work is set to get underway on the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a glass structure set to span an incredible one kilometre high (3280 feet.)

When completed, it will measure a full 568 feet taller than the Khalifa Tower and be three times the height of The Shard; to put that into perspective, The Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union.

It’s believed that the tower will have 200 floors and consist of a hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums, an observatory and offices and come in at a cost of around $1.2 billion (£780m).

Half a million cubic meters of concrete and around 80,000 tons of steel will be utilised.

The original plans had the building stretching 1.6 kilometres in the air (1 mile), a proposal that was only scrapped due to the unsuitability of such a lofty erection on the plot.

There will be numerous obstacles that need to be overcome for the plans to come to fruition.

Apparently so, according to Sang Dae Kim, the director of the Council on Tall Buildings, who has said:

“At this point in time we can build a tower that is one kilometres, maybe two kilometres. Any higher than that and we will have to do a lot of homework.”

We suppose we won’t really know whether the Kingdom Tower could be surpassed in scale until it proves to be a success or otherwise. It’ll be interesting to see if it ahem, measures up!

If the sight of the glass-fronted Kingdom Tower has given you an urge to install new glass at your home then contact Permframe for the latest windows and doors.

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