Resuming high-rise projects face hurdles

High-rise building developers given the green light to resume construction after a ban imposed by the Yangon Region government in May say the unplanned disruption to their projects has led to significant financial and reputational losses. The freeze on high-rise construction began with an announcement on May 14, which Yangon City Development Committee – an administrative body […]

YCDC eyes business district development in Yankin

A Yangon City Development Committee proposal to establish a business district in Yankin township has been met with mixed responses from local developers, with one firm suggesting the area is already too densely populated and would be better suited to residential development. As part of a Yangon city master plan drafted in partnership with the Japan International […]

Yangon developers asked to provide own power

Developers in Yangon will have to install transformers to power new buildings that use more than 30 kilowatts of electricity, according to Yangon’s electricity supplier, which is hoping the measure will help reduce frequent blackouts across the city. In an August 12 announcement Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation said all developers applying for a Building Completion […]

Foreign companies to be invited to build Yangon low-cost housing

Foreign companies will soon be invited through a public tender to build low-cost housing projects in Yangon Region, according to the Ministry of Construction. This will mark the first time foreign contractors are given access to the affordable housing sector in Myanmar. Ministry officials have said they will prioritise building housing for the poor, after […]

Official defends Yangon high-rise review as more results due

A member of the Yangon high-rise inspection committee charged with a city-wide review of high-rise projects has defended the controversial inspections, saying they are a “one off”, as developers brace for the second batch of results to be released tomorrow. Following a two-month blanket suspension on construction at all projects with nine floors or more, the committee released […]

Developers call on banks as Condo Law fails to boost market

The long-awaited Condominium Law passed in the closing days of the last parliament has failed to stimulate the housing market as expected, say industry insiders. They are calling for a system of mortgage lending to be introduced to help would-be buyers. At present, the longest-term loan available is only three or four years, banking sources […]

Construction market slumped in 2015 but property prices remain high

More investment companies are coming to Myanmar to answer the demand for luxury housing and office space. But although the sales prices for property remain high, the market cooled considerably in 2015, according to real estate experts. The property market dropped faster in 2015 than it has done in any of the previous five years, […]

YCDC’s list of buildings without permits drops in August

Yangon City Development Committee has counted 2223 buildings without proper permits by the end of August. It had earlier dropped its citations of many improperly built buildings, but is still finding projects that are not made according to its standard, said U Than Htay, head of YCDC’s Department of Engineering (Building). “If we find buildings […]

Safety, quality still concerns in high-rise construction

Yangon is getting taller, but the work is not always being done well. An unprecedented Yangon building boom began in 2012, though builders still have trouble finding skilled specialists needed to ensure construction is done properly. The Committee for Quality Control for High-rise Building Projects (CQHP) is responsible for oversight of buildings over 12 storeys. […]

Smaller apartments coming due to rules on space between buildings

Developers will need to construct new buildings further apart from existing structures according to new rules to begin next month. The rules’ drafters say it is an attempt to cut down on disputes and leave room for air conditioning units, though contractors say it will squeeze space for apartments and complained that too many rules […]