Kone to provide ‘world’s fastest’ elevators for Kingdom Tower
Jeddah Economic Co, owner and developer of Kingdom Tower and Kingdom City in Jeddah, has selected Kone as the vertical transportation provider to deliver the world’s fastest and highest double-decker elevators to Kingdom Tower.
Kingdom Tower is expected to rise to the height of more than one kilometer upon completion in 2018.
Featuring Kone’s people flow solutions, the building will have the world’s fastest double deck elevators with travel speed of over 10 m/s as well as the world’s highest elevator rise at 660 meters.
Kingdom Tower will house offices, a Four Seasons hotel and serviced apartments, residential apartments as well as the world’s tallest observation spot.
“We have been highly impressed with Kone’s innovative solutions to high-rise buildings,” Mounib Hammoud, CEO of Jeddah Economic Company, was quoted as saying in a press release.
“This is another cornerstone for a development of this magnitude and we look forward to creating this landmark building in all standards,” he said.
Noud Veeger, executive vice president for Kone in Asia Pacific and Middle East, said:
“Close cooperation between all project partners, and with KONE Areeco team locally, our technical professionalism and people flow planning expertise was a winning combination in helping us land the order.”
He said: ‘We hail this project with great excitement.”
The building will be equipped with altogether 65 Kone elevators and escalators.
The order includes Kone Double Deck MiniSpace elevators with revolutionary Kone UltraRope hoisting technology.
Kone UltraRope is a new high-rise elevator technology that is set to break industry limits and enable future elevator travel heights of 1 kilometer — twice the distance currently feasible. The KONE UltraRope technology eliminates the disadvantages of conventional steel rope and opens up a world of possibilities in high-rise building design.
The Kone equipment in Kingdom Tower will include 21 KONE MonoSpace elevators, 29 Kone MiniSpace elevators, seven Kone DoubleDeck MiniSpace elevators and eight Kone TravelMaster 110 escalators.
To complement the building’s exclusive look, Kone will provide the customer with tailor-designed car interiors and landing doors as well as latest People Flow Intelligence solutions including Kone Destination Control Systems and premium Kone Infoscreen displays.
Other special solutions include KONE E-Link remote monitoring systems, as well as an occupant evacuation operation system for emergency situations.
The order includes a 10-year equipment maintenance contract.