Ocean Towers

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Ocean Mall and Tower
General information
Type Shopping Mall, Corporate Offices
Location Karachi, Pakistan
Coordinates 24°49′26″N 67°02′08″E / 24.82389°N 67.03556°E / 24.82389; 67.03556Coordinates: 24°49′26″N 67°02′08″E / 24.82389°N 67.03556°E / 24.82389; 67.03556
Construction started 2007
Completed 2014
Opening 2014
Cost PKR 7  billion
Height
Roof 120 m (390 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 30 [1]
Design and construction
Architect Arcop Associates
Structural engineer Mushtaq & Bilal Consulting Engineers

Ocean Tower, formerly known as Sofitel Hotel Plaza or The Mall, is a building in Karachi, Pakistan.[2] It is located near the Karachi's sea-side area Clifton and it is the Pakistan's tallest building since 2013.

History[edit]

Ocean Tower was formerly Sofitel Tower (International Hotels Chain) but Sofitel abandoned its decision to build a hotel in Karachi because of the volatile security situation in the city. A private company, Siddiqson Group and Triple Tree Associates took ownership of the under-construction building and completed it in 2012. According to the CEO of the company, Tariq Rafi, the skyscraper was completed at an estimated cost of PKR 7 billion (USD 71.3 million).

Structural Information[edit]

Ocean Tower is a 393-feet high skyscraper in Karachi, though it has not been fully completed, it has been topped out, making it in the country's tallest building, and is planned to house a shopping mall,a food court, corporate offices, a business club, car-parking area and 4 cinema screens. The 30-floor skyscraper passed the 381-feet tall MCB Tower as the tallest building in Pakistan. The project boasts its own 5 Megawatts powerhouse, as compared with the 2MWs and 1.2MWs-capacity powerhouses of MCB Tower and the Arif Habib Building, respectively; and does not rely on KESC for power. The tower uses state-of-the-art technology for monitoring heat and smoke. Nine passenger lifts and five cargo lifts are present.[3] The space in lower levels has mainly been assigned for shopping malls with offices in top levels.

Trivia[edit]

  • Architect: Yawar Jilani and Mahboob Khan [ARCOP Associates Pvt. Ltd.]
  • Construction Companies: Siddiqsons, Rafiqsons, Paragon Constructors Pvt. Ltd.
  • Owner : AAA Associates.
  • Broke the record of MCB Tower to become the Tallest building of Karachi-119 metres or 393 feet of height
  • Was originally going to be partnered with Sofitel (Chain of Hotels) but Sofitel dropped out.
  • It was changed to Ocean Tower after being bought by AAA Associates
  • Located on Khayaban-e-Roomi or Do Talwar in Clifton, Karachi opposite Emerald Tower.
  • On the same plot of Ocean Tower was the Mideast Hospital which was demolished after which this tower was made.
  • Made on an investment of Rs 7 Billion or $71 Million.
  • Once completed, can withstand earthquakes up to 8.5 in magnitude.
  • Website :- www.oceantower.pk

See also[edit]

Official Website Electrical Contractor National Engineering Co.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karachi Skyscraper Diagram". 
  2. ^ Google maps. "Address of Ocean Towers". Google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Country’s tallest building inaugurated". PakistanToday. 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-07-21.