Far­glory ‘con­cedes’ to City on con­struc­tion of Taipei Dome

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOHN LIU

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.

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