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Old May 1st, 2010, 11:46 AM   #1161
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Well, nothing official, and nothing serious, but still something. Posted on saudi forum:

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I don't know what's going on,and don't take me Serious
but I saw two big buses belong to (Saudi Oger) this evening (around 4:30 P.M) with more than 30 engineer looking employees.were standing next the main gate on the site fence, and some of them were carrying a survey equipments!!
few days and "I hope" we will hear something
Bids deadline expired on April 28, so we should get some official news soon..
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 04:54 PM   #1162
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I say build a proper high density, flexible, real, sustainable and green city instead with parks, individual buildings, streets, native plants, neighbourhoods, schools instead, without the tower. It will be better in the long term and will get the city a lot more attention internationally.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 04:57 PM   #1163
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25 Examples of Good Urban Design

It’s not necessarily the billion-euro development, star-architect-designed gallery or shiny new ferris wheel that makes locals feel good about their town. Monocle believes that the measure of a city is more about everyday wonders – pavements, well-designed schools, punctual transport – rather than one-off, grand projets. Here’s our list of the top 25 urban elements that make the city.


1) Airport road Singapore

It’s remarkable how many cities pay so little attention to the key arteries leading to and from their major transport hubs.

As first impressions count for everything, getting this right goes a long way towards making residents feel happy they’re home and potential investors pull out their checkbooks. Singapore understands the business of first impressions better than any other city. Its ultra-lush landscaping from Changi is testimony to this.

2) Street clocks Prague, Czech Republic

Sometimes you don’t have a piece of Swiss watchmaking strapped to your wrist. On these occasions, time-keeping is made so much easier if there are well-maintained street clocks.

In Prague there is no excuse for running late. The streets are filled with elegant clocks fixed on top of tall, slender poles. Some clock faces are back-lit, allowing them to double as street lamps, while others have route-finding features attached.

3) Bike lockers, Chicago, USA

For many Chicago commuters the landmark of the $500 milliom (€371 million) Millennium Park is the bicycle station quietly tucked away in a corner. The two-level McDonald’s Cycle Center provides indoor storage for 300 bicycles, lockers and private showers with towel service. Built with federal funds, the park sold the naming rights to McDonald’s last year, which will cover the station’s operating costs for the next 50 years.

4) Outdoor cinemas Athens, Greece

The Athenians know how to do cinema, but eschew velvet seats, popcorn and surround sound for the simple sophistication of gravel under foot, the scent of honeysuckle and jasmine, cold Mythos, sunflower seeds and moonlight. On sweltering summer nights, book your canvas director’s chairs in one of Athens’s 60 or so Therini Kinematografi and join the cicadas experiencing the stars beneath the stars.

5) Trams Various cities, Europe

There’s something quite magical about watching trams in Barcelona, Strasbourg or Frankfurt glide silently along beds of grass as they do their city circuit. Where possible, this attractive combination of efficient public transport and inspired landscaping should be standard as part of the urban fabric.

6) Well-designed apartments Steinhausen, Switzerland

The high-rise gets the Swiss treatment. In Steinhausen, Switzerland, architectural firm Scheitlin-Syfrig + Partner has designed minimalist apartment blocks constructed from red cedar wood. While other cities continue to build Identikit 1970s-inspired blocks, these point to an alternative and more satisfying direction for apartment living.

7) Urban landscaping Melbourne, Australia

Whether it’s for skating, cycling, jogging or simply taking a stroll at dusk we always hunt out a bustling riverfront. Melbourne brings the focus back towards its waters with the new Birrarung Marr park located on the north bank of the Yarra river, adjacent to Federation Square. With landscaping by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson, heritage-listed elms and native flora are brought right back into the city — something Monocle thinks can only be a good thing.

Child’s play Tokyo, Japan

Japanese convenience-store Lawson is diversifying with new brands Natural Lawson, Lawson 100 and Lawson Plus. The latest is Happy Lawson in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, which is aimed at parents of small children. This child-friendly conbini sells food, toys and books and offers up to two hours of childcare.

9) Summer houses Copenhagen, Denmark

The rise of all-inclusive package tours in the 1970s almost killed off the garden allotments that are a fixture in cities across Europe. With three weeks in the Canaries affordable to the masses, a patch of vegetables surrounded by a few apple trees and a tiny house no longer looked so attractive. Today, the concept of grow-your-own and holidaying closer to home has made garden allotments the height of modernity and Copenhagen’s sturdy little colony houses a benchmark for sustainable community planning.

10) Green space projects New York, US

Until recently, few people thought of the High Line, an abandoned subway track snaking through the West Side of Manhattan 9 meters above the ground, as anything other than ruins. Now the 2.4km of track is set to become an elevated park, spanning Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. Developers are already starting to move into the area – expect more apartments, restaurants and offices to appear shortly.

11) Fire station Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Every city could use an iconic fire station – the simple things done well mark out a great urban environment. Designed by Boge Lindner Architects, this fire station can be found at Gelsenkirchen, in the north of Germany. The two-storey building features a modernist design, black concrete exterior and glass paneling. The gym, bedrooms and roof patios add a domestic touch.

12) Public loos Tokyo, Japan

The public lavatories at Tokyo’s Omotesando Hills center prove that even the humblest of amenities deserve attention from the world’s top architects. Designed by Tadao Ando with an opaque glass front, they glow like a lantern at night and more than hold their own in a street lined with buildings by famous architects.

13) Wi-Fi hot spots Málaga, Spain

We’ve had enough of running around cities trying to find a Wi-Fi hotspot. Call this a business town? That’s why we salute Málaga and its ambitions to become the most Wi-Fi enabled city in the world. With the help of telecoms company FON España, it plans to have free access in over 80 per cent of the city by the end of the year.

14) Perfect park I Stockholm, Sweden

Nestled in the heart of Stockholm but somehow slightly removed at the same time, Djurgården is a bit of country in the city with the added attraction of a zoo, restrained theme park, stately residences and cosy cottages. At once wild and perfectly manicured, it’s the best park we know for an after-work picnic, a Saturday afternoon in the long grass or an evening stroll in late September.

15) A modernist mall Miami, USA

If malls are going to continue to be a feature of sprawling suburbs then they should take inspiration from the best. Bal Harbour Shops north of Miami continues to win awards for its great management and tenant mix — Bottega Veneta, Saks, Tod’s and Chloé. Launched in 1965, it has become a modernist masterpiece by preserving its typography, fountains and art. With its abundance of greenery and outdoor concept (no air-con in the common spaces) it was eco-chic long before the term was invented.

16) City swimming Copenhagen, Denmark

Taking a dip in cool waters is one of the loveliest ways to shake off those frustrating, chaotic city days. The Kastrup Sea Bath in Copenhagen, designed by White Architects, is a soothing wooden structure featuring a long jetty that culminates in a gentle arc-shaped swimming and diving platform.

17) Perfect park II London, UK

London has lots of parks but none is as beautiful as Regent’s Park, designed by the architect John Nash in 1811. There are over 166 hectares of boating lakes, nature reserves, rose gardens and football pitches. But we love it for an early morning jog when it can feel like you have a huge slice of London all to yourself – well, apart from the camels, monkeys and kangaroos nodding at you from their enclosures in adjacent London Zoo.

18) Covered market Barcelona, Spain

There is nothing quite as inspiring as doing your weekly shopping at a local, colorful and chaotic city market. Barcelona gets it right again with the Santa Caterina market, recently refurbished with a riotous design by Benedetta Tagliabue and Enric Miralles.

19) Police boxes Tokyo, Japan

No matter where you are in central Tokyo, you’re never far from the nearest police box, or koban. Manned by at least two policemen, the koban is community policing in action – the place to go in emergencies or simply for directions. Look out for the police issue Bridgestone bikes and the koban sign with kawaii (cute) mouse Pi-Po, the mascot of the Tokyo Police.

20) Cosy high street Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s not blessed with many great shopping areas – witness what’s become of poor Double Bay. But the mini high street of Plumer Road is a beacon. The low red-brick buildings have a welcoming post-school buzz when children gather to buy sweets and mums pull up in BMW X5s to pick up roast chicken for their dinner tables in Vaucluse. At weekends locals walk down to grab coffees and papers. Plumer Road works because it’s compact and has all the shops and services you need.

21) Signage Berlin, Germany

As we’re not getting any younger and taxi drivers tend not to be from the city they happen to be driving in, the easier it is to read the numbers on the outside of a building the better. Berlin ( In fact many German cities) make illuminated numbers a standard feature on offices, apartment blocks and single family residences. In our dream city, we’d make it part of the building code and enforce it rigorously.

22) Railway station Filisur, Switzerland

There’s no excuse for suburban platforms to be unwelcoming places to wait for a connection to the city center. For authorities short on design inspiration, a trip on the Rhätische Bahn between Chur and St Moritz is a good place to start. The tiny station at Filisur shows what can happen when you reduce a project to the essentials – good materials, superior construction and smart design. The wood, concrete and steel structure fits perfectly with the Alpine setting but would work as well in the suburbs of Busan.

23) Street seating Barcelona, Spain

Every city needs functional, high-quality seating from which to watch the world go by. Monocle is a fan of Barcelona’s robust and iconic benches. Find these scattered throughout the city’s streets and public squares and take time out to enjoy the view.

24) Bridge Paris, France

With its undulating pathway and 12m-wide plaza suspended above the Seine, the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge in Paris, designed by Feichtinger Architects, joins the recently redeveloped Bercy district on the Right Bank to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France on the Left, offering a scenic and relaxing way to experience the city.

25) Seamless integration Tokyo, Japan

Japan is leading the way in imaginative mixed-use developments. One of the latest is Tokyo Midtown, a €2.23 billion retail, office and apartment complex. Along with carefully selected restaurants and fashion stores – no tacky chains here – it also offers first-rate food shopping and a 24-hour supermarket. There’s a cultural element too, in the Suntory Museum, and a design exhibition center.

This survey is excerpted from issue five of Monocle magazine.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #1164
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Six Construct bags Dh6bn contracts:
[...] We decided to enter the Saudi market last year and are tendering for two major projects. One is the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which is expected to be the tallest building in the world when completed. The project will be located in Kingdom City and Kingdom Holding is its developer. We have to submit our tender on May 2 and are bidding in partnership with El Seif Engineering, a local contractor in Saudi. Other bidders include Saudi Oger and Saudi Binladin Group while Arabtec recently pulled out of the bid. Emaar Properties is the project manager. The other project we are bidding for is Ras Al Zour, which will be one of the biggest desalination plants in the world. [...]

http://www.business24-7.ae/companies...04-28-1.237540

They are playing with those dates, and we still have no information about bids result
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Old May 4th, 2010, 05:09 PM   #1165
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At last some fresh news from meed.com:

Contractors submit revised bids for kilometre-tall Kingdom Tower:

Three groups have submitted fresh prices for Jeddah tower...

http://www.meed.com/sectors/construc...e?referrer=RSS
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Old May 8th, 2010, 09:59 PM   #1166
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Holy crap!! Really, I don't know what to think about it.. I just find some pics on arabic board (not ssc subforum). I don't know if this can be considered creditable but it looks how it looks, like they are started allready with soil testing ! Well just look for yourself.

Posted by a-z-a-m on aqarcity.com:


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Anyway, person that posted it also said:

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هذه بعض الصور التي اخذتها من موقع "برج المملكة"
وتظهر فيها المعدات التي ستستخدم في اختبار التربه وحفر بعمق يصل الى 200 متر
حسب افادة المهندس بالموقع وهذا يستغرق فتره ليست بالقصيره قد تصل الى 3 اشهر او اكثر
اترككم مع الصور وللتأكد فقط عليكم بزيارة الموقع
From google translate it looks like they will make 200m deep tests, and it will take around three months time.

HERE is direct link to thread.

It would be REALLY NICE if somebody would confirm that news, or go to the site and check for himself.
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Old May 9th, 2010, 12:33 AM   #1167
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wow patrykus you are great at finding news wherever the source! you should be a mod
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Old May 9th, 2010, 02:07 AM   #1168
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@ patrykus:
yup,I confirm it
I went there 10 days ago,and I saw the busy site, with several buses belong to Saudi Oger,and almost 20 - 30 engineers with equipments,and I wrote about it here at the time.
then I went there yesterday,I was shocked to see that they have started testing the soil in different areas of the site,and with the number of the people and trucks on the site (witch is around 7 Km long by 4 Km in width) and I saw some of them building a small (site camp) for the workers!! (around 4-5 units).
I'm going there again tomorrow or the the day after to snap some photos
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Old May 9th, 2010, 02:38 AM   #1169
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Old May 9th, 2010, 10:09 AM   #1170
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wow patrykus you are great at finding news wherever the source! you should be a mod
Haha.. I can't see big chances for that to happen

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I'm going there again tomorrow or the the day after to snap some photos
And thats exacly, what i wanted to hear This is realy crazy. I said week ago that maybe there will be some activity on site after half year of choosing contractor. And they are testing soli allready, wich means after three months they could actually start works on foundations
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Old May 10th, 2010, 09:50 PM   #1171
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Contractors submit revised bids for Kingdom Tower:

MEED reported that at least 3 contracting groups submitted revised prices on May 2 for the 1 kilometer Kingdom Tower on the outskirts of Jeddah.

According to sources close to the project, the confirmed bidders include the following groups, El Seif Engineering & Contracting and 6 Construct, Saudi Binladin Group, Saudi Oger.

The project client, local investment firm Kingdom Holding, originally asked the contractors to submit their final lump sum prices in March. Kingdom said that it plans to award the contract by the end of May.

US based Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture was selected to design the 1 kilometer tower in March. Dubai based Emaar Properties is managing the development of Kingdom Tower, as well as the surrounding 23 square kilometers Jeddah Kingdom City for the local Kingdom Holding Company. If Kingdom Tower goes ahead, it will be almost 200 meters taller than Emaar's 828 meters Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Kingdom Tower will also be more than 400 meters taller than Saudi Arabia's tallest building, the 577 meters tall Makkah Clock Royal Tower, which is scheduled for completion in August this year.

source: steelguru.com


It's rather strange, that they are testing soil allready since they haven't even choose the main contractor.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:12 AM   #1172
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Hi Pat.

It is likely the foundations will be done by a different contractor than the tower. That's how the BK went. They may have already awarded the foundation contract. Regardless there is usually a geotechnical consulting firm hired to design the foundation and it is them who contract out the soil testing and analysis.

Anyway seeing soil testing rigs on location is great news. This project has for some time looked to be the best candidate for the next WTS out of the proposals that are out there (only 3 reasonably legit including this one). Now with the architect and manager chosen, along with main contractor soon this project appears ready to take off.

Can't wait ...

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Hi Pat.

It is likely the foundations will be done by a different contractor than the tower. That's how the BK went. They may have already awarded the foundation contract. Regardless there is usually a geotechnical consulting firm hired to design the foundation and it is them who contract out the soil testing and analysis.
Ofcourse, i knew that. But i thought that main contractor will hire each company to the particular job.
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Company responsible for soil testing is Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES).

source: http://www.aqarcity.com/t931794.html
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Damn, I wanna see how will this baby look like...
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Damn, I wanna see how will this baby look like...
Yeah, I can't believe its gone this far without public knowledge of what the building will look like.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 05:26 AM   #1177
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Ofcourse, i knew that. But i thought that main contractor will hire each company to the particular job.
Hi Pat.
If the main contractor is for the tower only they will hire all the subs for the tower. If there is a main contractor for the foundations they will get all the subs for the foundation work.

I'm not saying you don't know - I'm just saying there may be a foundation contractor in place and it may be them who ordered the soil testing.

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Old May 12th, 2010, 05:38 AM   #1178
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I thought rather about something like: main contractor hire foundation contractor, then foundation contractor hire soil testing contractor. I thought it would be reasonable that main contractor was supervisor of the whole tower project. But in this case you're probably right.
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Hi Pat.
I don't know for sure. What I do know is for the BK project, a foundation contractor (and the subs they used) did all the work from 2003 to 2005 when the main tower contractor joint venture took site possesion of the tower raft. A project manager supervised the whole project.

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