Farglory ‘concedes’ to City on construction of Taipei Dome
Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin ( ) declared “victory” in an interview yesterday, claiming that Farglory Group ( ) had agreed to a holistic security-check standard for Taipei Dome as well as three security improvement recommendations made by Taipei City.
Farglory has softened its attitude, and under the premise of complete public security, offered reasonable alternate solutions, Lin said, adding “we have won.”
The three agreed proposals are: In the case of an emergency, the entire audience must be able to arrive at an evacuation space within eight minutes, and then reach an outdoor evacuation space in 15 minutes; a fire-resistant wall that can withstand burning for 30 minutes must be installed inside the building; and a required 60-meter distance between the parking lot and safety stairs.
In accordance with the last of the three proposals, a parking lot cannot be constructed right under the stadium field. The final blueprint may include “a substantial change” on the building structure, Lin said.
Farglory’s construction work on Taipei Dome was halted on May 20 after 79 violations were discovered on the construction site. Farglory’s building plan greatly compromises emergency evacuations, the government said. Taipei City later proposed seven security standards that Farglory must follow.
As the city government and Farglory could not agree on the security assessment standard, the latter requested that a third-party agency be enlisted to arbitrate.
Consensus Required between
Farglory and Taipei
Taiwan Architecture & Building Center (TABC, ) under the Construction and Planning Agency ( ) was selected as the independent evaluator in the end.
TABC held a preparatory meeting on July 20 and decided that Farglory should follow the holistic audit approach suggested by the city government. Farglory had opted for the individual building audit approach.
TABC also concluded that of Taipei City’s seven proposals, three should be adopted by Farglory, while consensus should be reached by the two parties on the other four.
The other four proposals are about walking pace during an emergency evacuation, seating arrangements in a simulated evacuation, the method applied for outdoor area calculation and the width of escape routes, and the number of people the Dome can hold.