The Port Tower is a 1,947 ft (593 m) tall skyscraper proposed for construction in Karachi, the financial capital of Pakistan. It will be constructed with the collaboration of local and foreign investors, in association with the Karachi Port Trust. The height of the tower has a special significance, as it represents the year, 1947, when Pakistan was formed.
The new tower is part of a complex which will be constructed on artificial islands in the shape of symbols found on the flag of Pakistan – a crescent and a star. It will consist of a hotel and a shopping center, as well as an extensive area to host large-scale expositions. Integrating into Karachi’s skyline, main features of the venture will include a revolving restaurant and a viewing gallery offering a panoramic view of the coastline and the city. The construction site planned for this building is located along the Clifton shoreline of the crescent-shaped island. When completed, the Port Tower will be the tallest building in the country.
The Port Tower will be developed on a 10-acre (40,000 m2) waterfront site, off the Mai Kolachi expressway called the Karachi Waterfront. It has been designed by an international team of architects, led by the world’s fourth largest architectural practice, Aedas. Consortium partners MM Pakistan and Mott MacDonald would provide engineering services and architectural support expertise.
- The tower will provide world class office space with residential, conference, performance, retail, restaurant, and support facilities.
- President General Pervez Musharraf performed ground-breaking of Rs 20 billion(€ 280 million) Port Tower project in June, considered to be amongst 10-tallest buildings of the world.
- “Our preparations are in full swing and it is hoped that the President will perform the ground-breaking of the tower in June,” an official in the ministry of ports and shipping told Business Recorder.
- He said it will be a landmark project in Karachi with world class recreational facilities and the 1,947 feet (593 m) high Port Tower with commercial-cum-recreational centre will rise at the skyline on the Clifton beach, he added.
- The official said the main features of the venture will be a commercial complex, residential estate, recreational facilities and a viewing gallery offering a panoramic view of the coastline and the city.
- The monument will be completed in six years.
- The complex would have speedy lifts for the visitors to have a bird’s-eye view of the city from a revolving restaurant at its top.
- The total 90-acre (360,000 m2) land required for the project will be made available through reclamation of the sea, an official said.
- It has been learnt that the Karachi Port Trust will contribute Rs 3.16 billion(€ 44.2 million) in the shape of 30-acre (120,000 m2) land for the tower and the Expo Centre, 30.5-acre (123,000 m2) land for low-rise residential complex, 21.5 acres (87,000 m2) for high-rise complex and 15.8 acres (64,000 m2) for shopping area and hotel.
- The low-rise residential complex will comprise 75 units of 4,500 sq ft (420 m2) each, while the high-rise complex would have A and B categories of apartments.
- The authorities believe the mega project will generate huge employment opportunities, as some 40,000 workers, along with 137 companies will remain associated with the project for six years
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