Shapoorji Pallonji starts work on Saudi tower
AKH Tower in Dammam will be new HQ of Al-Abdulkarim Holding Company
Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast has begun substructure work on the AKH Tower in Dammam.
The150m-high, 40-storey office tower has been designed by Dewan Architects & Engineers to house the new headquarters for Al-Abdulkarim Holding Company in Saudi Arabia.
The aesthetically commanding tower comprises basement and ground levels, a seven-storey podium with 416 parking spaces, 27 standard office floors, and MEP service levels, while its envelope combines both glazed curtain wall and aluminium composite cladding systems.
The duration of the project from mobilisation through to completion is 730 days (two years). This will be Shapoorji’s second tower in the Eastern province of KSA.
Mohan Dass Saini, managing director and CEO of Shapoorji Pallonji International, said: “We are very pleased to have been selected by Al Abdulkarim Holding to complete this flagship project in Dammam. As a company with extensive experience in design and build, we are exceptionally well positioned to fully optimise the tower’s function and aesthetics on behalf of the client.”
According to the architect, the design of straight versus tilted and solid versus translucent is expected to represent AKH’s status as a world class organisation, while the clear glass portion of the tower demarcates the leasable lower office from AKH’s dedicated floors. The tower’s façade and juxtaposed volumes create distinctive and dynamic office spaces on each floor, allowing it to cater to companies with varying spatial needs.
The tower will feature a backup standby generator and uninterruptible power supply system. The ‘intelligent’ building will also be equipped with a state-of-the-art telecommunication system, CCTV system, access control system, energy-saving system, computer-based building management system (BMS), data centre and advanced audio-visuals in its conference rooms.
Beyond the core and shell, Shapoorji’s scope of works includes all MEP services as well as the fire alarm and detection system, communication system, conveying system and security system.
The company will handle the full coordination with local authorities, testing, commissioning, reporting, delivery of operations and maintenance manuals, demobilisation and handover.