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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners set to revise Taiwan airport designs

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners may have to rework its competition-winning designs for a new terminal at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan because no-one is willing to build it

According to local reports, a tender for the construction of the £1.9 billion Terminal 3 building failed to attract enough bidders, meaning the 640,000m² scheme might have to be simplified.

The Taiwan News claims one element that could be sacrificed is a proposal for 130,000 flower-shaped aluminium tubes which would have been suspended from the ceiling of the terminal’s departure hall.

It is reported that Taiwan’s transport minister Wu Hong-mo has given the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC) three months to come up with ‘a redesign which would not negatively affect quality, image and budget’.

The timetable for the project has already slipped by two years – from 2020 to 2022 – and its budget is now estimated at more than NT$79 billion (£1.9 billion) with the ceiling alone amounting to more than NT$1 billion (£25 million) of the total.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which landed the job ahead of Foster + Partners and UN Studio in late 2015, is working alongside Taiwan engineering firm CECI and global engineering consultancy Arup on the building.

Capable of accommodating 45 million passengers a year, the new terminal building includes boarding gates, concourses, and transport infrastructure.

Formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, the airport is the largest in Taiwan and the 11th busiest in the world.

Ivan Harbour, senior partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, said: ’This is a very large and ambitious project for Taiwan. In accordance with our obligations we are, together with our joint venture partners CECI, Fei & Cheng Associates and Arup, continuing to support our client TIAC towards a satisfactory outcome to the local tendering process.’

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  • Sounds like there might be enough work in Taiwan to keep the contractors happy without bidding for something with elements that might be difficult to price accurately - but that would be an unfortunate mindset for the achievement of innovative design, and for example Corbusier's Ronchamp chapel presumably only found a builder because someone was desperate for work / was prepared to take risks / negotiated a cost-plus contract.

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