US-based firm is hired to supply equivalent of 55 football fields for Saudi mega tall building
A US-based company has been hired to supply the equivalent of more than 55 football fields of glass for the $1.2 billion Jeddah Tower project.
Developers of tower, which is set to rise to more than 1km when completed, has selected Guardian Glass to supply the façade glass.
Jeddah Tower, also known as Kingdom Tower, is set to be completed in 2019, and will cover an area of 5.3 million square metres and include 439 apartments, 200 hotel rooms, 59 elevators and 2,205 parking spaces.
It is set to break new world records for tallest building, highest occupied floor, highest architectural top, highest tip and highest sky terrace.
Guardian Glass said it will provide more than 400,000 square metres of glass panels which will be made to withstand a 2.5-metre radius sway without breakage or leakage.
Mohammad Al Ibrahim, Guardian Glass Middle East & Africa general manager, said: “The unprecedented size and height of the Jeddah Tower required us to carefully work with the business team to select a glass system that offers a balance between energy savings and light transmission.”
He said the panels will help block daytime heat yet allow for abundant natural light.
The glass will be manufactured at the Al Jubail Guardian plant, then delivered to UAAC factory in Jeddah, where the glass will be processed into double glazed units, a statement said.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.