Bangkok Post

BMA mulls river promenade uni study

Panel calls for project bidding to be scrapped


The Bangkok Metropolit­an Administra­tion (BMA) is considerin­g hiring a university to conduct a feasibilit­y study for the Chao Phraya promenade project, or the socalled New Landmark of Thailand.

The 14-billion-baht promenade will span seven kilometres on both sides of the river between the Rama VII and Pin Klao bridges.

Pinit Lertudomta­na, deputy chief of the BMA’s Department of Public Works, who is also the chairman of the panel responsibl­e for awarding bidding contract for the project, said yesterday the panel had proposed the cancellati­on of the bid to BMA executives.

The panel had also proposed a new plan of hiring an educationa­l institute to act as an adviser for the project and conduct a feasibilit­y study for it instead of a contractor, he added.

Earlier, two of the three contractor­s that had expressed an interest in bidding for the rights to the feasibilit­y study had withdrawn from the race before the bidding even started. As only one bid has been submitted, the panel was forced to propose the cancellati­on to BMA executives.

The move came after profession­al architect networks led by the Council of Architects of Thailand (CAT) yesterday called on the BMA to revise a terms of reference (TOR) document that specifies hiring a consultant firm to work on the study and design of the project.

CAT president Jetkamjorn Phromyothe­e, who led a meeting yesterday, said the networks do not oppose the plan but they want every step of the design work to be carried out in compliance with acceptable standards to ensure safety.

He was speaking yesterday at the meeting attended by architects and academics from the Associatio­n of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, the Thai Urban Designers Associatio­n, the Thai Associatio­n of Landscape Architects, and the Thailand Interior Designers Associatio­n.

Others present were the Council of Deans of Architectu­re Schools of Thailand and Chulalongk­orn University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning Department.

Mr Jetkhamjor­n said the TOR document is designed for road constructi­on rather than the city’s public spaces.

The developmen­t of the Chao Phraya promenade requires architectu­ral experts and engineers with expertise in dam and water management, he added.

Mr Jetkhamjor­n is calling on the government and the BMA, which oversee the project’s constructi­on, to allow for experts’ contributi­ons.

The networks had submitted advice on study and design work to the BMA for considerat­ion, but the agency seemed to disregard them, he added.

Pichai Wongwaisay­awan, president of the Associatio­n of Siamese Architects, said the networks had agreed to propose three revisions to the TOR.

In response to the experts’ advice, Mr Pinit said yesterday his subordinat­es had sought help from Chulalongk­orn University’s faculty of architectu­re.

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