Saudi Bauer Foundation Contractors has signed the contract for the enabling works for the Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, which will take the record from the Burj Khalifa – also founded on Bauer piles.
At 1,001m, the Kingdom Tower will be the first skyscraper to break through the kilometre mark.
Professor Thomas Bauer, chairman of the management board of Bauer AG, said: "This contract demonstrates clients' confidence in our ability to handle large, complex specialist foundation engineering projects. It is great for us to be working on this building."
The enabling works include 270 bored piles of 1.5m and 1.8m dameters, which have to be installed into the difficult ground conditions down to depths of 110m in order to provide the building's foundations. This task is to be carried out using two each of Bauer's state-of-the-art BG 28 and BG 40 pile drilling rigs.
The foundation works are scheduled to begin before the end of December and take about 10 months. The contract is worth approximately €25m (£20m).