Port Tower Complex

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Port Tower Complex
General information
Status Under construction
Type Commercial & Mix Use
Architectural style Contemporary Modern
Location Karachi, Pakistan
Town or city Karachi
Country Pakistan
Owner Karachi Port Trust
Height
Roof 1,947 ft (593 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 130
Design and construction
Architecture firm AEDAS (UK) & Mott Macdonald [2]

The Port Tower is a 1,947 ft (593 m) tall skyscraper proposed for construction in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.[1][3] It will be constructed with the collaboration of local and foreign investors, in association with the Karachi Port Trust in KPT Officers Society. 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.

KPT Officers Society Scandal[edit]

Port Tower Complex will be located in KPT Officers Society land. The Karachi Port Trust has reclaimed close to 250 acres of land along the Mai Kolachi Bypass from the wetlands where once mangroves and flamingos used to be the norm. The Sindh Board of Revenue sprang into action and took the KPT to court asserting its position that all land belongs to the Sindh Board of Revenue and KPT was required to lease it from them. KPT on the other hand asserted its position that the Sindh Board of Revenue had no claim and that they were entitled to act as the owner of all land within roughly 50 yards of the high water mark. The courts decided that a “third party interest” had been created, meaning that the ordinary and innocent public that now owned those plots should not be made to suffer because of a dispute between these two parties.[4][5]

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