Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the architecture firm behind the Kingdom Tower, has confirmed that construction will start on Jeddah’s 1km-high structure in January 2012.
A story in UAE daily The National contained comments from Smith which revealed that detailed plans for the landmark tower have advanced at a rapid pace.
In a statement to Middle East Architect, a spokesperson for the company said: “I can confirm Adrian’s statement to The National that construction on Kingdom Tower is scheduled to begin in January.”
The National report 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.
“The project is moving rapidly. We have actually advanced the design to a high level of detail,” Smith remarked to The National.
He continued: “We know that all the partners have agreed to get going. Everything is proceeding as though it’s going to happen.”
Smith was also the lead designer on the 828m Burj Khalifa during his stint at architecture giant SOM.
In the same way that the final height of the Burj Khalifa was a closely guarded secret, Kingdom Holding has not revealed an exact height for Kingdom Tower.