Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hyder Consulting designing a 1000+ meter tall structure

The UK's Hyder Consulting is designing a structure that will be twice as tall as the Burj Dubai, according to a consultant involved with the project - making it by far the tallest tower in the world.

Speaking at MEED's Arabian World Construction Summit in Abu Dhabi, Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting's director of structures, confirmed that the tower would be located in the Middle East region, but would not give any further details.

Hyder has been working on Emaar Properties' Burj Dubai, which is under construction in Dubai and due to be completed at the end of 2008.

Burj Dubai reached 598.5m and 158 floors last month, over 90m higher than the world's tallest building, Taiwan's Taipei 101 and more than 40m higher than the world's tallest free-standing structure, Toronto's CN Tower. Its final height is rumoured to be 818m.

Kingdom Holding Company has proposed a skyscraper in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah, the Mile High Tower, which would rise to 1,600m if completed.

Other super-tall buildings planned in the Gulf are Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir in Kuwait's City of Silk, which is expected to hit 1,001m, and Al Burj in Dubai, which is planned to reach 1,200m

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