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TOWER OF STRENGTH: Construction of the 266m central tower on the £190M Al Faisaliah project in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh is approaching a crucial stage. With the main concrete frame virtually complete a tricky tower crane repositioning is needed before erection of the upper 65m of steel-framed open pyramid structure starts. Designed by a joint venture of structural, civil and M&E engineer Buro Happold and architect Foster & Partners, and built by the Saudi Binladen Group, Al Faisaliah is due for completion in April 2000. It features innovative energy conservation measures such as high insulation, sun shading and thermal ice storage systems, and will purify water drawn from Riyadh's rapidly rising groundwater for all its water needs.

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