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Airport expansion project to have simplified design to boost interest

2019/10/18 20:09:17

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) A project to build a third terminal at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will have key features of the building removed in an attempt to draw contractors and get the stalled infrastructure moving, the airport's operator said Friday.

The terminal will no longer have the wavy ceiling that made the design team, British architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour+ Partners, stand out, according to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Co. (TIAC).

In addition, 40,000 out of 130,000 aluminum petal installations -- which not only decorate but also buffer noise and amplify illumination -- will be done away with, said TIAC Chairman Wang Ming- teh (王明德).

A total of 817 skylights will be removed as well, to make the construction less sophisticated, Wang said.

The revisions came after three unsuccessful tenders were put forward for the terminal's main building since 2018, which led to a budget increase earlier this year for the project from NT$74.7 billion (US$2.4 billion) to NT$78.9 billion, and an extension of the construction deadline from 2020 to 2023.

TIAC divided the work into smaller parts to make the tenders more appealing, but without success.

In December 2018, it divided the original NT$39.6 billion main building project into two parts with increased budgets -- NT$34 billion for engineering work and NT$10.8 billion for electrical and mechanical work.

However, that also failed to boost interest.

Wang said that except for the main building, the company will start building other peripheral projects, including the concourse connecting with boarding gates north of Terminal 3.

It is hoped that these segments could at least help increase the airport's capacity to some degree, he said.

Construction for the 700-meter-long concourse could start by May 2020 and it could be in use by late 2023, he said.

The concourse, which has eight gates and will cost NT$7 billion- NT$8 billion, will extend from the concourse leading to Gates D1-D10 on the north side of Terminal 2.

In addition, he said construction of five aprons next to the concourse to accommodate aircraft staying overnight is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Last year, passenger volume at the airport reached 46.5 million, far exceeding the 35 million passengers the two existing terminals were designed to handle.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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