Home » Elevator Installation Activities Underway at Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
Over the years, there has been a significant growth in the number of skyscrapers or high-rise buildings in metros across the world. Elevators have come a long way since they were invented and have become an integral part of modern high-rise buildings, impacting the lives of millions of people.
According to a recent report, the first phase of elevator installation at the Kingdom Tower construction site in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has begun. The 1000-plus-meter-tall Kingdom Tower project (which is owned and developed Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) is all set to become the world’s tallest building upon its completion in the year 2018.
The new project has been in its planning and designing stages for the last two years. Currently, the builder’s team is working on pre-installation activities related to fitting the guiderails for the elevators. The guiderail installation work is expected to begin towards the end of 2015 and will continue as the tower is built. Once the guiderails have been fitted, the installation of the lift system will begin and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The Kingdom Tower will have the fastest and highest double-deck elevators in the world with travel speeds of over 10 meters per second, reaching the highest livable floor within 52 seconds. They will travel about 660 meters to an observation deck making them the highest elevator rise in the world.
The Kingdom Tower will include 57 elevators and eight escalators. Users can take a single lift to reach all the way to the summit. The tower will house offices, residential apartments, a Four Seasons Hotel and serviced apartments and the highest observation platform in the world.
Generally, in tall buildings the height of a lift is limited by the weight of the steel ropes that hoist it. The carbon fiber ropes used in the lifts in the Kingdom Tower will be one-third the weight of the cables used in other buildings. This will enable these elevators to use less energy and travel to greater heights.
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