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Old March 16th, 2014, 08:07 AM   #221
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we will all be very old by the time this project is completed. some of us will forget how to surf the internet by then or have arthritis and will not be able to type on the keyboard anymore hence post comments here.
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in 2007, they said one of the towers will be operational in 2012. Its 2014, still nothing
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Old October 14th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #223
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Second firm loses towers project


By Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter






BES Engineering Corp (中華工程) is no longer eligible to sign a contract to complete the Taipei Twin Towers project (雙子星), the Taipei City Government said yesterday.

The project is to construct two skyscrapers to serve as the linchpin connecting the future Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line with Taipei Main Station, the hub of most of the city’s railway and MRT lines.

BES was originally the runner-up among firms bidding for the construction project, but was awarded the tender last year after the previous winner, Taipei Gateway International Development Co, withdrew due to corruption scandals.

Last month, the city government imposed a strict series of conditions for signing a contract, requiring the firm to pay upfront for previous construction work on the site and also provide written guarantees from banks proving the firm possessed adequate liquidity to complete the project.

Taipei City Government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang (張其強) said that because the firm had failed to provide the deposit and written guarantees required by the midnight Monday deadline, it had officially lost its eligibility to sign a contract for the project.

The city’s announcement comes on the heels of the Taipei High Administrative Court’s rejection of BES’ appeal for an injunction against the government.

The court’s decision affirmed the government’s position, stating that the government had good reasons for imposing the strict conditions for signing the contract.

The court said that even if BES was unable to meet the government’s conditions, there was no reason to believe other firms would be unable to do so.

So long as the government imposed similar conditions on future bidders, there were no grounds for judicial intervention in the negotiation process, the court said.

BES Engineering representatives could not be reached for comment.

“If a firm signs a contract for the Taipei Twin Towers project, it has to be able to guarantee the project will be completed and that project quality will be maintained,” Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said, adding that the city would continue to require such guarantees from any future contractors.

He declined to say whether the city would award the tender to the bidder next in line or start a new round of bidding, saying only that the city would make a decision as soon as possible.
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BES says cousin of mayor asked it to cancel bid


By Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter






BES Engineering Corp (中華工程) ran a full-page advertisement in four of Taiwan’s major Chinese-language dailies yesterday, claiming that another bidder had been favored from the start for the Taipei Twin Towers project.

The company also alleged that Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin’s (郝龍斌) cousin, Tung Hai-lung (董海龍), asked BES Engineering chief executive officer to drop the company’s bid.

Last year, BES was awarded the project — which is to link the future Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line with Taipei Main Station — after Taipei Gateway International Development Co (太極雙星) withdrew due to corruption scandals.

However, negotiations with the city government broke down after new conditions for signing the contract contract were imposed last month, leading to BES Engineering officially losing the tender on Sept. 30.

“The main point of the advertisement is to emphasize that Mayor Hau has favored a particular contractor throughout the bidding process,” BES Engineering spokeswoman Tseng Chiung-ying (曾瓊瑩) said.

“When Taipei Gateway International lost its eligibility, the mayor had already decided against signing a contract with us,” Tseng said.

She said the city government had deliberately dragged out negotiations to devise signing conditions that the firm was incapable of meeting.

BES Engineering has already appealed a court ruling against its request for an injunction and would consider other means of legal recourse, she added.

The mayor denied there was any conspiracy.

“Using threats and intimidation when negotiations break down is a poor approach” Hau said. “BES Engineering had orally agreed to all of our conditions. We merely required them to put those promises into a legally binding document.”

He denied that Tung had asked BES Engineering to drop its bid and called on the firm to provide evidence for the accusation.

When questioned on whether potential legal action would delay the search for a new contractor, Hau said that everything would be done in accordance with legal procedure.

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Taipei City government to build twin towers on its own2014/10/14 18:32:11

Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said that the Taipei City Government will carry out the scandal-plagued Taipei Twin Towers project on its own instead of contracting the project to any property developer.

BES Engineering Corp. has lost its qualifications to work on the project because it failed to pay fees and submit required documents after being awarded the project last year, Hau said.

BES is the second contractor to be awarded the project only to lose it. The first-place bidder, a consortium led by Taipei Gateway International Development Co., withdrew after accusations of corruption in the bidding process.

As the city government does not accept the terms offered by a third bidder, according to Hau, it will undertake the project on its own through the municipal Department of Rapid Transit.

The project calls for two new towers in the aging western part of Taipei that will link railway and subway lines to bus terminals and serve as the hub for the metro line to Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan's major gateway, which is set to open in late 2015.

With one tower rising 56 floors and a height of 243 and the other 76 floors and a height of 322 meters, the buildings are expected to cost more than NT$60 billion (US$1.97 billion).

Calling the project important to Taipei's development, Hau said the city is eager to complete the project in the next 5-6 years.

The decision to hand it to municipal rapid transit authorities follows five unsuccessful bidding processes and, Hau said, will guarantee the quality of the towers' construction.

Tsai Hui-sheng, director of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems, said his department has about NT$30 billion in a development fund and is open to the idea of letting investors join the project.

Sinyi Realty Inc., one of Taiwan's leading property sales agencies, said that the decision by the city will be in the public's interest as such a large-scale project needs leadership from the government.

(By Huang Li-yuan, Wei Shu and Frances Huang)
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Old October 14th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #225
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Hopefully they will finally get this project moving!
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Old October 15th, 2014, 03:41 AM   #226
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I heard that there is "a lot" of new development in Taipei. Could somebody show me some examples?
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Old October 15th, 2014, 11:03 AM   #227
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they're in the taipei thread in the taiwan forum, genius.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 12:09 AM   #228
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I wasn't aware that there was a Taiwan forum, sorry.
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Lai Su-ju guilty verdict upheld by High Court

ONGOING BATTLE:The former Taipei City councilor said that she would defend her innocence with her life and she would next appeal to the Supreme Court

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Former Taipei city councilor Lai Su-ju poses for photographers in Taipei on Jan. 22.

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The Taiwan High Court yesterday rejected an appeal by former Taipei City councilor Lai Su-ju (賴素如) against her 2014 corruption conviction, but reduced her prison sentence to nine years in prison.

The Taipei District Court in 2014 found Lai guilty of corruption for seeking a NT$15 million (US$472,798 at current exchange rates) kickback from a consortium led by Taipei Gateway International Development Co (TGID, 太極雙星) in return for ensuring that it won the tender to develop the proposed Taipei Twin Towers (台北雙子星大樓) project near the Taipei Railway Station in October 2012 with a NT$70 billion bid.

“Lai held an important government post, but chose to receive bribes, which damaged the public’s trust in government officials to carry out their duties in a fair and equitable manner,” the original indictment said. “Since Lai has consistently refused to admit that she violated the law, the court should mete out a heavy punishment in this case.”

The Taipei District Court sentenced Lai to 10 years in prison.

However, in its ruling, the High Court said that sentencing a government official to more than nine years in prison for a corruption conviction is considered a “heavy punishment,” so it had therefore decided to reduce her sentence to nine years.

Its decision can be appealed.

An attorney, Lai holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in law from the Chinese Culture University.

She was a close aide to former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and had been a leading KMT politician in Taipei, serving four terms as a city councilor.

Lai, who was a member of the KMT Central Standing Committee, also worked as the director for Ma’s presidential campaign office in 2012 and was a legal counsel for the Presidential Office during Ma’s tenure.

Due to Lai’s close political ties with Ma, the High Court verdict is believed to have tainted Ma. It also left corruption stigma and unanswered questions surrounding former KMT Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), who was in office when Lai took the bribe.

Yesterday’s court statement by presiding judge Chou Ying-wen (周盈文) said that Lai had brought disgrace to all public officials.

She has shown no remorse, tried to cover up her tracks and sought justification for her actions, the statement said.

During her High Court trial, Lai denied receiving any bribes and said the money she had received was a “political donation.”

However, the High Court said judicial investigators had put wiretaps on Cheng Hung-dao (程宏道) and Jia Er-ching (賈二慶), two of the main figures behind the TGID bid, where they were heard discussing the payment of a bribe with Lai, the court statement said.

Lai yesterday said that she deeply regrets the ruling.

She said she would defend her innocence with her life and that after receiving the official court ruling she would appeal to the Supreme Court.




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The case is nearly end. Taipei Mayor Ko said Taipei City Government will spend 40 million dollars for preparation of new bid. The bid will start in next year.
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Hopefully this will move forward now. Taipei deserves this!
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Old September 18th, 2016, 07:59 AM   #232
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Hopefully this will move forward now. Taipei deserves this!
There is another project planned by Taipei City Government. CHP Tower
The skyscraper will rise behind Old Taipei Office Building.



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It is direction you will see Gate of Taipei stand in future.
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Old November 6th, 2016, 02:45 AM   #233
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Taipei Twin Towers to start construction in June 2018: Ko

MRT FARE:The Taipei mayor promised no fare increase during his term, saying the TRTC should maximize revenue from ad and commercial leases

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that the Taipei Twin Towers construction project in the Taipei Railway Station area is to begin in June 2018 and would cost NT$70 billion (US$2.23 billion).
During his policy address at the Taipei City Council, Ko said that the city government would request a budget of NT$70 billion from the city council during this session and asked the council to support the project.
Saying that all legal cases regarding the Taipei Twin Towers project had been settled, Ko said that he hoped construction would begin in June 2018.
Ko touted his plan to tear down the Taipei West Bus Station to make space for a planned park, saying that it would help push up property values in the area after the MRT’s airport line is opened.
The project is in a bidding process pending a project contractor.
Ko also said that MRT fares would not be raised during his term.
Instead, he has instructed the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) to maximize commercial gains from advertisements and leasing out commercial space at MRT stations, adding that this would eliminate the need for a fare hike.
The city has allowed a company to rent out lockers at some MRT stations, which earned the city about NT$80 million last year, Ko said.
Some spaces inside MRT stations that had been used as offices have been vacated and used as stores, so that the city can earn more rent income, he said.
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Will be the original project be followed? Or will the towers be redesigned?
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Will be the original project be followed? Or will the towers be redesigned?

They are going to original design. Hope it can start construction in 2018
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Old February 13th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #236
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the airport MRT is so nice! love the design. Clean and spacious... so unfortunate that C1/D1 towers didn't go up at the same time!
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Boost to property sales expected

By Crystal Hsu / Staff reporter


Commercial property transactions totaled NT$9.36 billion (US$306 million) last quarter, a 60 percent decline from the same period last year and worse than during the local financial crisis in 2009, but the market could see exciting developments in the second half of the year, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc (JLL) said yesterday.
The figure also marked a 12.1 percent increase from three months earlier, driven mainly by self-occupancy demand among local firms, the international property broker said.
“Low return and policy uncertainty at home and abroad have weighed on the local market despite an abundance of liquidity,” JLL Taiwan managing director Tony Chao (趙正義) told a media briefing.
Self-occupancy demand drove 70 percent of the trading volume in the April to June period, as investors stayed on the sidelines, Chao said.
Taiwan has the lowest return in the world of between 2 percent and 2.5 percent, as sellers have deep pockets and refuse to make drastic concessions over property prices despite sluggish trade.
Land deals totaled NT$11.9 billion last quarter, an improvement of 30 percent from the same period last year, as developers and builders recovered some confidence after the government halted unfavorable rhetoric.
While the market might see limited change for the rest of the year, negotiations for landmark deals are under way and might gain significant headway this quarter, Chao said.
JLL Taiwan won a tender to organize international bidding for a high-profile build-operate-transfer development project near the Taipei Railway Station, and domestic life insurance companies and foreign funds have voiced strong interest, Chao said.
The consultancy could finalize development terms this quarter for the project known as “Taipei Twin Towers” (台北雙子星大樓) after holding more meetings with minor owners and the city government, Chao said, adding that the development project would require NT$5 billion to NT$60 billion and winners do not have to stand by former requirements.
The city government has drawn a blueprint for the project, the center of bribery scandals for the past 20 years.
JLL Taiwan, also the largest broker of Grade-A offices in Taipei, said vacancy rates dropped to 7.9 percent last quarter, while rental rates held steady in the second quarter.
The average rent hovered around NT$2,644 per ping (3.3m2) for Grade-A offices, with rates rising to NT$3,109 for the city’s prime real-estate in Xinyi District (信義), JLL associate market director Brian Liu (劉建宇) said.
Vacancy rates could climb higher as new skyscrapers such as the Taipei Nan Shen Plaza (臺北南山廣場) join the market, increasing the total supply by 37,000 ping after factoring in space reserved for self-occupancy, Liu said.
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投資台北雙子星 蔡明興:確實有簽意向書
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今日某周刊報導富邦金控(2881)「大董」蔡明忠有跟台北市長柯文哲簽署投資備忘錄,共同投資總金額上看700億元的台北車站雙子星大樓,今日上午金控董事長蔡明興證實雙方確實有簽意向書,但還沒有簽正式合約,後續還要待公開招標過程,需要一段時間現在還早,他認為「台北雙子星有機會成為台北101之外另一個地標,對投資者而言應該相當有意義。」

總投資金額上看700億元的台北車站雙子星大樓,台北市政府確定將以最大地主身分主導開發,據周刊報導,急於扭轉反商形象的台北市長柯文哲,9月底應富邦集團董事長蔡明忠邀請出席亞洲企業領袖餐會,極力鼓吹企業投資台北;巧合的是,與北捷簽署投資備忘錄的投資夥伴中,富邦集團就名列其中。台北捷運公司擬透過轉投資籌組物業開發及管理公司參與投標,台北市議員徐弘庭日前在議會砲轟,北市府此舉形同球員兼裁判。

北捷高層說服柯P效法日本東京、香港鐵路公司開發車站的成功案例,成立物業開發公司跨足不動產經營,就算無法如願搶下雙子星,未來與民間企業異業結盟的泛公股公司,仍可跨足投資全台軌道建設車站,以及都會區的大型地上權開發案,以徹底改善北捷本業獲利面臨瓶頸的困境。 北市捷運局4月委託美商顧問公司仲量聯行,實際拜訪31家雙子星案的潛在投資人,其中只有不到3分之1表達參標意願,包括國內2家金控壽險、2家建設公司及國外3家地產開發商。

北捷公司日前公布,已與4家潛在投資夥伴簽署合作備忘錄,但未公布名單,且備忘錄的有效期限只到明年的3月31日。周刊指北捷為了掌握主導權,尋求合作夥伴以公股及泛公股企業為優先,在國內幾家金控公司中,最符合相關條件的就是北市府擁有13%持股的富邦金控。今日上午富邦金董事長蔡明興證實確有簽定一份意向書,但非正式合約,未來還需要經過公開招標等程序,還要很長一段時間,不過看好台北雙子星有望成為台北101之外另一台北重要地標,投資也有意義,意指對富邦金來說,台北雙子星案具有投資誘因。

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