Jordan Gate in trouble over license

The Greater Amman Municipality found that work on Jordan Gate started before a license was issued

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  September 30, 2006

Construction will only resume at the US $300 million Jordan Gate project once the appropriate licence has been issued, according to the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM). Work on the project has been on hold since part of the north tower collapsed – killing four workers and injuring 15 – earlier this month. But now GAM has found that construction work had begun without the appropriate building licence being signed off. The authority has also highlighted other problems with the project, such as its location and the impact on infrastructure in the surrounding area. Sharjah-based Al Hamad Construction and Development Company is the main contractor on the project, which is being constructed over 28,500m2 of land provided by GAM. “The cause of the accident was due to formwork – the contractor did not take into consideration the level of its height,” said Mohammed Abu-Afifeh, assistant to the secretary general of the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA). “Any contractor operating in Jordan has to register with the Jordan Contractors Association and they must assure they perform according to the law governing it,” he added. The project is being developed by Bahraini Gulf Finance House with Kuwait Finance and Investment Company and GAM. It involves the construction of two towers connected by a multi-storey podium close to the 6th Circle. The north tower had reached the 10th floor before construction ground to a halt. “We were given full approval to start work from the beginning,” said Shawkat Sahaweh, administration manager, Al Hamad Contracting Company. “They gave the permission to start work even though the licence was under process. It’s just that some people like to interfere. Since King Abdullah II approved the start of work the only thing left was for procedures to be completed.”

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