Lahore reaches new heights with SZC

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This interesting image shows estimation of heights of buildings at the under-construction Sheikh Zayed Centre (SZC) in Lahore. The mighty development is situated on Ferozpur Road, just between Daewoo Station and the Qaddafi Stadium on the opposite side of the road. Construction has started in full swing with initial digging activity at the construction site.

As UrbanPK reports, the complex is to host a 5-star Grand Hyatt Hotel, and high-rise luxury apartments to be managed by Hyatt Residency.

Initiated as a Joint Venture between the Dhabi Group of UAE and Government of the Punjab, the project is covered by a holding company called TA`AVUN (Pvt.)Ltd. which will be responsible for managing the project. Turner International (one of the largest construction companies in the US have been hired as contractors/builders; whereas HOK – a firm that designs buildings for Donald Trump, has been retained as Project Consultants & Architects).


Project: Sheikh Zayed Centre, Lahore
Location: Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Maximum Height: 60+ Storeys
Maximum Area: 91 Kanals
Appartment Floors:20-25 (3 Towers)
Parking Capacity: 4,000 vehicles in 4 basements
Jobs Creation: 30,000
Cost: $500 Million + (unconfirmed)
Status: Under Construction
Completion Date: 2010
Designed by: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Ligthing by: Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS) – also working on Burj Dubai
Developers: Taavun (Pvt.) Ltd. – a JV between Dhabi Group of UAE & Govt. of the Punjab

Special Feautres:

– Tallest building in Pakistan by its completion
– 60+ storey main tower; visible even from Wagha Border
– 5-Star Grand Hyatt Hotel
– Multiple appartment blocks managed by Hyatt Residency
– Conference seating capacity of 5,000+
– Pakistan’s first Ice Rink
– Exclusive shopping mall
– Corporate offices, mini cinemas
– Overhead covered bridge connection with the Qaddafi Stadium

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8 Comments so far

  1. Civility (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 4:14 am

    WHOA!!!! way to go man,Looks cool.Good to see that Lahore has started to grow upwards also instead of spreading horizontally.Just today i was watching an excellent meeting of SNBC Channel with Chief Minister Punjab Ch. Pervaiz Ellahi in which he thoroughly elaborated the Punjab government performance in various sectors and future plans.He also mentioned this project.I have already started feeling excited about the projects and hopefully these will bring positive changes to city image and skyline.I was feeling kinda envy about the Centaurian project of Islamabad but Lahore came up with a matching response.

  2. Bulla (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    I was planning on doing a post on this but you’ve beaten me to it! :)

    One minor correction: Emaar is no longer a part of this project.

  3. SELF (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

    Off topic but related to Lahore…

    More Rickshaw art…or…art on wheels…

  4. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    @Bulla: Acha, I didn’t know that. If not EMAAR, then who is doing it now?

    @Self: Cool link + idea. I’ll be putting it up soon, Inshallah

  5. purple pineapple (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 4:03 am

    ferozpur road. really? between those places? Isn’t ferozpur road already congested enough? I can only imagine the kind of traffic that area is going to have. Access to qadaffi stadium is going to be completely blocked IMO. I mean…not a bad idea or anything. But the location is just weird.

  6. The Ghost of Marx (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    I would just like to refer you to a post made on this blog about two years ago which referred to the construction of this very same building complex.

    Clearly, everything isn’t rainbows and sunshine.

  7. Waqas (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    AoA, I’m from, I have been following this project since it was first unveiled back in 2005.

    I know that the project has been delayed by quite alot but it is because of many reasons.

    #1. Emaar was a part of the project, it wasn’t willing to make a huge investment, it just wanted presence in Pakistan, but the Govt. of UAE (also a part of the project) wanted the project to be big, bigger than any thing in Pakistan. So Emaar was later dropped and the UAE Govt. and Punjab Govt. formed a company called TAAVUN which is going to fund the project now (Punjab Govt. will own 30% of the project, its investment in the project is the price of the land which has been offered for construction).

    #2. LDA asked for 22.5 crore as “Commercialization Charges” from the project managers as according to LDA the land was residential. The dispute was later settled with the intervention of Punjab Govt. (this was before Punjab Govt. had a share in the project).

    #3. The planning of the latest design was only started in early 2006 when a design conpetition was opened, HOK International (USA),Mondic Suravia (Austria),DP Architects (Singapore) and Phillip Johnson – John Burger (USA) sent in their entries. HOK won the competition and was asked to supplement the design of the building according to the needs of the developers and design the full detail version of the the buildings (That takes alot of time).

    #4. The construction company was also changed from Emaar to Turner Construction, which does’nt have presense in Pakistan, so it might take time.

    2011 or 2015 one thing is for sure, they are in too deep into this project and they cant abandon it just like that. This time around all the planning has been done, Height of Tower 1 has been confirmed by NDA PK (Local consultants) as no less than 900 feet.

    Everything has been prepared LERA are the structural engineers, FMS are the lighting architects.

  8. suh (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    hey guys, if you go to the pakistan section on and click on the topic for this tower you can get alot more info as there is the companys director there.

    well, emaar was part of this project when first started but was thrown out by the punjab gov. (pervaiz elahi) as emaar ignored the other 2 investors (dhabi group and punjab gov.) and were promoting it as if its all there project, 2 years back you could see lahore covered in adverts for this tower with emaars logo and no sign of dhabi group, and DG were not happy with it.

    so that is the main reason of the big delay in the project, but now its back up and runnning.

    its not true that emaar dnt want to invest big in pakistan, they are actully thinking big, very big in pakistan, look at there massive $40 billion projects in karachi and islamabad, later this year another will be announced in lahore, located oppersite the airport, they are thinking BIG in pakstan.

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