Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the architecture firm behind the Kingdom Tower (Arabic: برج المملكة ), also known as Mile-High Tower (Arabic: برج الميل ) confirmed that construction will start on Jeddah’s 1 km-high structure in January 2012.
In a statement to Middle East Architect, a spokesperson for the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill said: “I can confirm Adrian’s statement to The National that construction on Kingdom Tower is scheduled to begin in January.”
“The project is moving rapidly. We have actually advanced the design to a high level of detail,” Adrian Smith remarked to The National, which also revealed that most of the permits are in place for the US$1.2 billion (Dh4.40bn) tower by Kingdom Holding, which would be the tallest building in the world.
Adrian Smith added: “We know that all the partners have agreed to get going. Everything is proceeding as though it’s going to happen.”; he was also the lead designer on the 828m Burj Khalifa (previously known as Burj Dubai).
In the same way that the final height of the Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai) was a closely guarded secret, Kingdom Holding has not revealed an exact height for Kingdom Tower; that strategy was also used when building the Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai), in order not to give advantages to potential competitors.