Developer claims building will ‘set new standards for sustainability’

Excavations for a 200m residential tower in Jordan by Dubai developer Limitless are 70% complete. A giant hole, which is currently 124m long and 74m wide, is being made for the foundations of the Sanaya Amman building. It will plunge 40 metres below street level. With 1,800m³ of earth being moved each day, a total of nearly 300,000m³ will be dug. Excavation is set for completion by mid-2009.

Limitless claims the tower will be one of the first green buildings in Jordan. It will use wind-generated power and water recycling systems that will cut consumption by 30%. It will also feature energy-efficient glass, sensor lights, central air conditioning and waste management systems. Limitless claims these elements will cut costs by about US$2m a year.

Bahaa Abouhatab, Limitless’ regional director for the Levant and Turkey, said: “Sanaya Amman sets new standards in creative architecture and sustainability: a landmark destination that combines daring design with eco-friendly systems that will make them the first green buildings in Jordan.”

Sanaya Amman will be more than 50 storeys high, with about 500 apartments, and will have over 10,400m² of retail and recreation space, 5,600m² of green, open space, including a landscaped park, and a 1,000m² outdoor communal plaza.