Urban Planning Council green lights veer of projects in Abu Dhabi

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The total floor area of projects agreed by Urban Planning Council (UPC) in Abu Dhabi above tripled in the second quarter of 2015 with the amount of land under development in the emirate on track to be considerably higher in 2015 compared to 2014.

Urban Planning Council green lights veer of projects in Abu Dhabi

Urban Planning Council green lights veer of projects in Abu Dhabi

The UPC stated that 26 development projects straddling a total gross floor area (GFA) of more than 2.3 million square metres was endorsed in the second quarter which is up from 708,999 sq m in the first three months of 2015.

The total figure of projects commended was also increased by just under 25% quarter on quarter. Annually, there were fewer commended compared to the 46 projects that got the green light in the previous time, however they had a much higher gross floor area.

It was stated that UPC ascribed the finishing point of the incorporated master plan for Al Reem Island which noticeably heightened gross floor area. They also anticipated that this trend will continue as the year advances.

In general, the total of gross floor area commended all through this 2015 could be 15 to 20% higher than in 2014 following a total of projects lately achieved perception consent, including the 186,000 sq m Reem Mall. These are approximated to acquire comprehensive agreement in the next few months.

Projects agreed in the second quarter contained a block of three towers on a five-storey podium in front Abu Dhabi Corniche. The buildings which will feature 24 storeys high, will lodge residential apartments. Four basement and two podium levels will include parking and there are commercial and retail units. The expansion will be constructed on an irregular, L-shaped plot giving views on the Corniche. One more project is the 49-storey Saraya residential building near to the Corniche Hospital, and two residential buildings of 24 storeys.

In Mohammed Bin Zayed City, a 300-bed specialist hospital on an 82,000 sq m location was pre-arranged the go-ahead. It will comprise of a main hospital podium tower with four buildings and a rooftop with a helipad for urgent situations.

In Al Ain, Abu Dhabi University has been given consent to develop its female student accommodation structure by affixing four new storeys with 21 residential units, service rooms, a kitchen, discussion rooms and a storeroom.

In Al Gharbia, a mixed-use project in Mirfa enclosiing 186 commercial units, residential units and 192 car parking areas was also provided the green light for construction.

Mohamed Dekkak

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