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i cant find a thread for this (dead) project in the taiwan forum and not sure if there even is one. but theres one in skycraperpage.com and for some reason williamchung only posts there and not here. guess he's too lazy to post in both sites - unlike me where always post in both places. :D anyway here it is:


I GUESS IT'S TOPPED OUT HUH? TALLEST SUPERTALL IN THE WORLD @ 2 STORIES!!! :lol:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=156075&page=7



 

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i predict this project - at least the twin towers part - is pretty much dead. they should rename it taipei twinless towers, or gateless taipei. :lol:

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/09/2003601675

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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http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/08/2003601583

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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haha... ya... time of completion... 2030
 

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completion? really?? :|
 

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Inside 1st fl lobby



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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http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201410140028.aspx
 

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at least the lobby is coming along. it's looking pretty nice. thanks for posting, billychung! btw, in hindsight i think the $2billion they are spending on this complex would have been better spent renovating the old dirty buildings/landscape in that area and renovating taipei main station. just my 2 taiwan NT. :2cents:
 

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Corruption in the construction tender process stalled it (as far as I can remember, it's been ages now since they stopped). I don't have a clue what's going to happen to it now unfortunately, people seem to be guessing what the new mayors intentions are.
 

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They should just renovate Taipei main station and vicinity. It's ridiculous that station still looks the way it does.
 
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