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30 May 2007

Mott MacDonald appointed design engineer for highest tower development in Pakistan

Mott MacDonald has been appointed design engineer by the Karachi Port Trust for a US$490 million development comprising a 78 storey tower, conference centre, retail development and four residential buildings located on the lagoon at Karachi in Pakistan. At almost 330m high, the tower will form the centrepiece of the development and will be the highest building in the subcontinent and will give Karachi a stunning landmark.

Located about a mile and half south east of Karachi city centre on the lagoon shore, the site is on reclaimed land close to Karachi port. The entire development will sit on top of a two storey basement car park and comprises seven separate buildings. The tower has a circular cross section with a very distinctive anti-clockwise spiral. It includes 1 700 000 sq ft of office accommodation and a 250 bed 5 star hotel located on the top 20 floors. Four separate blocks comprising 609 000 sq ft of residential accommodation are situated inland from the tower along a new water feature running through the middle of the development. Also included in the development is a 120 000 sq ft conference centre with a large exhibition hall, auditorium, seminar rooms and restaurant with views over the lagoon. A separate building comprises retail units on ground and first floors and residential units above to a maximum of five floors. An energy centre housing a sewage treatment works and electricity substations will be located in an underground facility adjacent to the main development.

Working with architects Aedas, Mott MacDonald is providing all civil, structural and building services engineering plus fire engineering, advice on façades, quantity surveying/cost consultancy and project management. As Karachi is in a medium threat (2B) seismic zone, the tower and other buildings will all require seismic analysis and specialist design.

Commenting on the project, director Steve Gregson said: “Mott MacDonald is delighted to have won this exciting project in Pakistan which will help bring further commercial development and tourism to the region. Our Karachi office will provide all the necessary local support with staff from our Manchester, London and Dubai offices providing specialist expertise.”

Advanced works are expected to begin in September and main works in January 2008. The entire project is due for completion in early 2011.


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