Kingdom Tower buys world's tallest crane

The “climbing crane” will be used to help build what developers say will be the tallest tower in the world, at 1km
Kingdom Tower buys world's tallest crane
By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 18 Sep 2014 11:56 AM

The developers behind Kingdom Tower, which aims to become the tallest building, said they have bought the world’s highest construction crane.

The crane would be able to reach the tower’s ultimate height of 1km and lift up to 18 tonnes at a speed of 44 metres per minute, Saudi Gazette reported.

Known as a “climbing crane”, the machine is designed to extend as construction of the tower progresses. Created by Germany’s Liebherr & WolffKran, the crane would be attached to the body of the building but sit atop a narrow support tower 2.4m by 2.45m wide.

The crane also features the latest in heavy-lifting technology that allows it to withstand harsh weather conditions, in particular the strong winds common at such heights.

“Now that we have completed our subterranean work, we are airborne,” Jeddah Economic Company CEO Mounib Hammoud was quoted as saying.

“The unprecedented size and height of Kingdom Tower means we can only utilize the very best in equipment, material and methods. Liebherr’s and WolffKran very impressive and innovative cranes fit this bill.”

Above-ground construction started this month and the firm expects the first 10 floors to be completed by the end of the year.

Kingdom Tower aims to take over the Burj Khalifa (829.8m) as the tallest in the world, with 170 stories.

The company has announced a five-star Four Seasons Hotel would take up seven floors, with 200 rooms and 121 serviced apartments, while another seven stories would be used for offices.

It also would have the world’s highest observation deck, at 644m.

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