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Taipei to take action against Dome architects and developers

Taipei to take action against Dome architects and developers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Government said Wednesday it would refer two architects of the Taipei Dome and its developers, including the Farglory Group, to relevant disciplinary commissions.
The statement by the city’s urban development chief, Jou Min Lin, is the latest volley in the long line of hostile exchanges between the administration of Mayor Ko Wen-je and the powerful developer over the 40,000-seat stadium, where work has been stopped even though it is close to completion.
Architects Stan Lo and Eric Hsu might see their licenses to practice architecture canceled for violating the Architects Act in the worst possible case, while developers Farglory and Obayashi Corporation Taiwan could be forced to suspend operations for one year for violating the Construction Act, reports said.
Lin said that Farglory filed a request on June 11 to resume work on the project, but the city government’s review commission came to the conclusion in mid-September that the order to halt work was valid as the developer had not been following the original contracts when conducting work.
Because illegal acts had been committed, the two architects would have to face the disciplinary commission for architects and the developers a similar body for their branch of the business, according to the city review group’s September 15 meeting.
According to Lin, himself an architect, punishment for Lo and Hsu might range from warnings and disciplinary demotions to suspensions lasting between two months and two years or to a complete revocation of their professional licenses.
For the developers, the sanctions included warnings and suspensions of business from three months to one year, Lin said, who acknowledged it might also be possible that the bodies did not take any sanctions at all.
It looked like Farglory started deviating from official plans for the Taipei Dome the day right after they obtained the necessary licenses more than three years ago, leaving a total of 79 items that had not been conducted according to the books, Lin said.
He said most of the problems were related to fire safety, making a referral to disciplinary commissions absolutely necessary.
On Wednesday, 127 subcontractors on the Taipei Dome formed an alliance, calling on the city government to allow work on the project to resume. Lin said he understood their concerns, but they should be talking to Farglory since it was the actor responsible for breaking the rules and causing the problems in the first place.


Updated : 2021-09-28 10:37 GMT+08:00