Mubarak Center

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Mubarak Centre
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General information
Type Commercial
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Coordinates 31°30′33″N 74°19′41″E / 31.50917°N 74.32806°E / 31.50917; 74.32806Coordinates: 31°30′33″N 74°19′41″E / 31.50917°N 74.32806°E / 31.50917; 74.32806
Construction started 2007
Completed 2017
Height
Roof 250 m (820 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 60 [1]
Floor area 6,000,000 sq ft (557,000 m2)
Lifts/elevators 16
Design and construction
Architect Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum
Main contractor Turner Construction

The Mubarak Centre, also known as Sheikh Zayed Centre, is an on-hold proposed mixed-use complex for which site preparation works began[2] in Lahore, Pakistan. The complex was to include residential and office towers, as well as conference halls and a shopping mall. Once completed, Mubarak Tower 1 was to have been the tallest building in Pakistan. The height of the building would have made it visible from neighbouring India, and would have allowed residents of the upper floors views of the Golden Temple in Amritsar (approximately 50 km away) on clear days.

Postponement[edit]

In September 2009, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, leader of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) and former chief minister of Punjab, stated that the Sheikh Mubarak Al Nahyan Company had postponed the project of building the Mubarak Center in Lahore. Elahi alleged that inappropriate attitude and lack of interest on part of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had forced the project's foreign investors to leave, asserting that the project was one of several that had been "consumed by the flawed policies of the incumbent Punjab government and its retaliatory attitude."[3] In November 2011 a plan to relaunch the project was made, but funding for the project was invalidated by the original funders.

As of 2012 the project remains on hold.[4]

The project[edit]

The project was being carried out as a 70/30 joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Group and the Government of Punjab. The two investors had formed a holding company for the Mubarak Centre called Taavun (Pvt.) Ltd., which was to be responsible for managing the project. Turner Construction, one of the largest construction companies in the US, were hired as contractors/builders. Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum were retained as project consultants and architects. The residential apartments were to be managed by Concord

The total cost of the project was projected at approximately US $1.2 billion.[citation needed]

The project was designed to cover eleven acres of prime land on main Ferozpur Road, Lahore, Pakistan. The complex would consist of four towers and a small eclipse-shaped building. The main tower would be 60 stories tall,[1] with the first 45 floors reserved for offices, and the 46th floor and upward for residential apartments. Also planned were a five-star hotel (with 400 rooms, ballrooms, banqueting facilities and all ancillary amenities) and a cineplex (with six independent theaters). The other three towers would be between 30 to 45 stories, with an eclipse-shaped tower in between, which would house uniquely designed apartments along with a five-story covered shopping mall, which would have been the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the region. The eclipse-shaped tower would also house the largest reception and conference halls in the country, holding 3,500 to 4,000 people.

There were to be exclusive, high-end residential suites in the main tower, managed by Hyatt Residency. The complex was to have been connected to the Gaddafi Stadium Sports Complex by a covered bridge or an underpass.

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