KPT Tower update

kpttower.jpgAfter a long wait, the KPT has finally gone ahead with the KPT tower and selected a bidder, Aedas.

From their press release

The distinct form will be an instantly recognisable symbol. It responds to ecological concerns to reduce carbon footprint, setting a precedent in Pakistan for environmental building standards though the use of passive design principles and techniques of environmental control.

At the centre of the development is an 80 storey helical tower with glazed outer skin. This will house 102,000 sq m of office accommodation, on top of which will sit a 250-bed 5* hotel across the top 21 storeys. The hotel will also include 30 luxury serviced apartments and a swimming pool, and give immaculate views over the Indian Ocean.

Three further towers echo the design, each of varying heights, arranged around a lake. These will each include 280 serviced apartments with a further 70 apartments above 10,000sq m of high-end retail development. The scheme also features a 1,200-seat convention centre and exhibition hall and an underground 2,500 space car-park.

Now that is impressive! Work is expected to start this month, lets see when this project is completed, and whether it will actually go upto 80 storeys.

Source: Aedas Website.
Image Credit: Wired Newyork Forum

19 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    those mini towers in the background must be dolmen office towers? or are they part of KPT tower… like
    burj dubai have mini towers to compliment it..


  2. r (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    haiiii


  3. mansoor (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    doctor: they are (will be) part of the KPT tower project.


  4. newb3e (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    kpt official announcement
    project starting date 1-1-2017
    project ending date 31-12-2050 or later


  5. Salman A. (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    you’ve gotta be kidding. those dates dont seem to be realistic to me.


  6. newb3e (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

    that was suppose to be joke based on kpt’s performane


  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    today i witnessed 6+ hours of loadshedding… its a non working day so all offices and factories must be closed…still they resorted to 6+ hours of loadshedding in the morning hours..

    they wana make a 1947 feet tower… wat if a guy gets stuck in a lift on 70th floor…(yea they must be having standby gensets but still my question is do we really need to be in record books for tallest tower in the world?)


  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    No No No No No No ,,,,,, They want be in 1947, only.

    ####

    Existing multi storey business arcades like uniplaza, Uni towers, Adamjee House, Karachi stock exchange, Qamar house, KPT building & PNSC buildings does not have adequate emergency services support system, EVEN THE KMC Building which maintains the Archieve of Birth & Death records of Metroplois Karachi since before parition, does not have a fire fighting system inplace???? The wash rooms are choked beacuse of choked sewrage lines –

    Based on WHAT grounds The Port & Shipping Minister Babur Ghouri is Shedding KPT funds for The Greater Karachi program is it another scam like scam of CDGK flyover, expressway, elevated mass transit bypass & underpasses

    Such projects need proper INFRASTRUCTRE of basic amenities, enough power to support the whole building, sewrage discharge system wide enough to handle 100% occupancy, firefighting and emergency handling backup systems, need sanitation services on daily basis, drinking water and enough of infrastructure to maintain such buildings – All that intact and functional when handed over to the tenants????

    I hope thats not a practical joke with us Karachities,

    And after the mobilisation advance of MILLIONS of US Dollars, transferred AWAY, project comes to halt only after ground breaking, and later elections this year whole project gets abondoned altogether and money disappears.

    Correct me someone, may be am toooooo FQIN paranoid.


  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Minister for Port & Shipping Minister Babur Ghouri … burnt away all the record of frauds and finiancial iregullarities/corruption that he commited in that PNSC building fire which turned his camp office into ashes … instead of building another tower(and drooling over the prospect of getting millions of dollars in kickbacks and commision) he should sincerly get sprinklers / firefighting equipment installed in existing PNSC building ….


  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    *irregularities


  11. zeeshan syed (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Yeah but that’s a niceeeee tower!


  12. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:01 am

    skyscrapers are normally built in those city which have severe shortage of land and space so they start going vertical.. (for e.g Hong Kong, Dubai, Newyork etc) … here in Karachi is there ideal situation on ground that we’re heading for vertical construction… first we need to take care of thing on the ground then think about building a skyscraper of such magnitude(imagine a person living in an apartment on 80th floor without basic amenities like water/power )


  13. Farhan (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:07 am

    All I have to say in words of Haroon is
    I’m a big corporation man ,
    with a big corporation plan
    living for profit and I don’t give a damn ,


  14. wasiq (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 3:04 am

    this picture was taken before the monsoon rain or after….iam only asking because its KPT…lol


  15. naveed (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 3:11 am

    PNSC building was built way back in 1970 and hence has an outdated fire system that did not work fully. The fault will be rectified by pnsc surely. That does not mean that all towers would be faulty (stupid jack kind of thinking).
    The highrise phenomenon is not due to lack of space (which is aplenty in newyork) but the main purpose is to provide a high class corporate environment in which people can have offices, hotels, gyms, cineplexes, clubs, shops, libraries, banks, hospitals, complaint centres and everything. Its like a small city with its own power generation and high speed network connection. This saves people from travelling from one corner of the city to another during work for personal errands and eliminates traffic jams, fuel wastage, time wastage, fatigue, accidents, robberies etc. etc.:-)


  16. FARAZ (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 4:00 am

    I am going to echo what most people have already said – Karachi is not ready for this. All this money would be much better spent improving and fixing other basic services and utilities. Why not spend the millions fixing the leaking water pipelines, or building a new power generator?

    Unless this is being funded with foreign investment (doesn’t seem like it) this sounds like a bad idea.


  17. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    How many of US know what is functions of a body under a TRUST., and how Trust is funded ???

    Karachi Port Turst – a Gold Egg Laying Turkey with BILLIONS accumalated over decades., It is the only Trust managed by a Board of Trustees’ which generate revenue by managing Karachi DOCKS and PORT.

    All other ports of Pakistan – be it dry or wet, are managed under autonmous organizations formed under an AUTHORITY which is controlled directly by the Federal Govt., without public paricipation and Federal Exchequre benefit from it directly without sharing it with the province.


  18. wasiq (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:01 am

    before we build such tall buildings here in karachi we must also move the airport away from the city and closed down all the air bases…we all know very well what these trainy PAF pilots are capable of…….


  19. Naveed M (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    I have to agree with my brothers and sisters. City government first need to provide basic nessesities such as health, clean drinking water, waste management, electricity, mass transit, employment for unemployed, and above all security to its citizen.
    I was born and raised in Karachi and later moved USA in 1987. .
    It is very disheartening to see impoverish city still deprived of basic necessities.



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