Jordan Gate Towers

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Jordan Gate Towers
Jordan Gate 23-5-2009 (1).JPG
The incomplete Jordan Gate Towers
General information
Status Under construction
Type High-class residential living units and offices
Location 6th Circle, Amman, Jordan
Coordinates 31°57′45″N 35°52′8″E / 31.96250°N 35.86889°E / 31.96250; 35.86889Coordinates: 31°57′45″N 35°52′8″E / 31.96250°N 35.86889°E / 31.96250; 35.86889
Construction started 2005
Height
Roof approximately 180 m (590 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 44 [1]
Design and construction
Architect Gulf Finance House, KIFC, DTZ
Main contractor Al Hamad Contracting Co.[2]

Jordan Gate Towers is a high class commercial and residential project currently under construction in Amman, Jordan. They are located in west Amman, close to the 6th Circle.[3] The towers are one of the best known skyscrapers in the city, and will become the tallest structures in Amman upon completion, thus surpassing the 31-floor Le Royal Hotel.[4] The towers will also host the new Hilton Hotel, the first in Jordan.The developers are Bahrain's Gulf Finance House, the Kuwait Investment and Finance Company (KIFC),[5] DTZ, and Al Hamad Contracting Co.[6] To date it is still unknown how tall the towers will be with many estimating approximately 200M.

Construction problems[edit]

There have been three incidents since the beginning of the project in 2005.[7]

Fire and collapse[edit]

A fire broke out on the eighth story of the north tower in August 2006, but nobody was injured.[7] In September 2006, three stories of the north tower collapsed, killing four workers and injuring 15 others.[7]

Crane collapse[edit]

The collapsed crane of the north tower on the left, with dismantling efforts visible in the background.

In May 2009, a part of the crane on the north tower collapsed after it was overloaded. The crane, weighing 30 tons, was about 200 meters high.[8] There were no injuries, however an Egyptian worker operating on the crane at the time of the collapse suffered from shock and was transported to a nearby hospital.[8] For three days following the collapse, families living near the site were evacuated to nearby hotels.[7] The dismantling and removal of the broken crane began on Friday, 12 June 2009. Four additional cranes were bought from the United Arab Emirates to assist in the dismantling process. Three buildings in the neighborhood near the site were evacuated.[7] Within a couple months, however, the crane had been replaced with a new one and work was able to resume.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jordan Gate, Height - SkyscraperCity". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Jordan Gate Towers 35 fl x 2". SkyscraperCity. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  3. ^ "#Jordan Gate". Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Amman Voice: Jordan Gate". Jordan Times. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  5. ^ "#Project-Amman: Jordan Gate Towers". Jordan Times. 2005-05-30. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  6. ^ "JORDAN GATE". Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Themeen Kheetan (12–13 June 2009). "Collapsed Jordan Gate crane to be dismantled this weekend". Jordan Times (Jordan Press Foundation). 
  8. ^ a b "Jordan Times". Retrieved 2009-06-14. 

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