Architects challenge govt to change building regulations

Some of the participants at the symposium. Photo by Raymond Mayanja.

KAMPALA– Architects are asking government to establish new building regulations to match the modern times.

At the 10th annual symposium held at Golf Course Hotel, architects argued that the building regulations Uganda is using were inherited from the colonial government.

“Dictates like the front side of the house facing the main road and latrines being constructed certain meters away from the main house are now obselete,” said Richard Turyahabwe, the President Uganda Society of Architects Association.

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Other architects are asking whether a modern house should have a garage.

Many factors have contributed to the phasing out of building garages. Town dwellers buy small plots of land, running away from the expenses of monthly renting,” Muhammad Nsereko another city architect explains.

The architects also want the Building Controlling Act, 2013, implemented to make the National Building Review Board functional.

Once it starts to operate, the board is supposed to set up the fees for architectural plans submitted to the municipal councils or Kampala Capital City Authority.

“Currently, each council charges its own fees. The board should look at all those issues,” Turyahabwe argued.

The symposium was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Works, 41 municipal councils, Uganda Law Society, university students and other players from the construction sector.

It was organized under the theme: ‘the implementation to sustainable build environment.’

While opening the symposium, Samson Bagonza, the Ministry of Works chief engineer, who represented General Katumba Wamala, the State Minister for Works, said the symposium serves as a platform for exchange of ideas.




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