Amman set for 30-storey buildings

The Greater Amman Municipality has announced it has drafted a new code that sanctions buildings up to 30 storeys high

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By  Rhys Jones Published  April 10, 2004

The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has announced it has drafted a new code that sanctions buildings up to 30 storeys high, compared to the present 15-storey limit, if certain requirements are met. Amjad Kheirallah, head of GAM’s Buildings Department, said the area within which a “high” building can be constructed should be a minimum of 10 dunums, and surrounded by at least two 20-metre-wide streets, while the ratio of the total area of all floors to the total area of the land must not exceed 750%. According to Kheirallah, other requirements include the availability of a water well and a water treatment unit to serve gardening and cleaning purposes in the compound. He added that these changes are being implemented in order to meet the increasing demand for licences to build mega-construction investments like compounds, commercial centres, hotels, office blocks and other commercial and residential buildings. Kheirallah stressed that GAM has decided to involve all companies and institutions that will be affected by the new ruling in the amendment and regulation altering process. Companies set to take part in the process include the Jordan Engineers Association, the Jordan Contractor Association, the National Electric Power Company and the Hotels Association. Changes to the code will also cover the standards of car parks in the buildings in question. Kheirallah said the amendments ensure the optimal use of the area allocated for car parking through reducing the measurements of the parks. He also stressed the importance of maintaining a sense of history and making sure new buildings fit in with the surrounding areas of Amman. “The new code does not ignore the need to preserve the capital’s cultural identity, architectural heritage and its aesthetic elements,” he said. Citing official figures, the GAM official said an area of more than 4 million m2 was licensed last year for various buildings in Amman, of which around 3.3 million m2 were dedicated for residential purposes while the rest was for commercial, industrial and other projects.

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