High-rise committee gives Sule Square green light
THE Committee for Quality Control for High-rise Building Projects (CQHP) has finished its inspection of Sule Square commercial complex and sent a formal approval to Yangon City Development Committee yesterday.
YCDC is fining Sule Square developer Shangri-La K2 billion (US$1.6 million) for building extra floors without permission. In addition to payment of the fine, YCDC also needs a recommendation from the CQHP in order to provide Sule Square with a building completion certificate allowing the complex to open.
“We’ve sent YCDC’s Department of Engineering (Building) a recommendation letter for Sule Square,” CQHP chair U Khin Maung Tint told The Myanmar Times. “We’ve inspected the building and have no problem with the design.”
YCDC has also sent a formal letter to the developer allowing payment of the fine, although as of yesterday afternoon it had not received payment, a YCDC official said.
The developer had received approval from YCDC under the previous government for the Sule Square commercial complex. But Shangri-La then submitted a revised design that was only approved by the CQHP. The developer continued with the project’s new design, resulting in a finished Sule Square office tower with two additional floors that neither the old or new YCDC administration ever formally approved.
The K2 billion fine is based on a metric of K15,000 per square foot of unapproved space constructed, deputy head of YCDC’s Department of Engineering (Building) U Nay Win previously told The Myanmar Times.
U Khin Maung Tint said he was unclear why YCDC had not given the revised design the greenlight when it was submitted, given that the CQHP approved the changes.
“We inspected this new design two years ago,” he told The Myanmar Times. “I was instructed to inspect it again even though we already gave our recommendation [in the past].”
U Khin Maung Tint found the design largely unchanged from the previous inspection. The committee found some slight changes to the design of the building’s car exit, but this was also approved, he added.
The design of Sule Square commercial complex has been given the approved by the Committee for Quality Control for High-rise Building Projects.