Taipei Financial Centre
The Taipei Financial Centre is a commercial office skyscraper in the Shun-Yi District of Taipei, Taiwan. Construction started in 1999 and the development opened in 2004 to worldwide architectural acclaim. Due to the building having 101 floors it became known as ‘Taipei 101’. At the time of its completion, Taipei 101 at 509.2 m (1,671 ft) was the tallest inhabited building in the world, an accolade it maintained until 2010.
Taipei 101 is an iconic structure to Taiwan and has a distinctive architectural design which maintains an element of Asian tradition. The main tower features a series of eight segments of eight floors each. In Chinese-speaking cultures the number eight is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune.
In 2011, Taipei 101 was awarded the LEED platinum certification, the highest award according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and remains the largest green building in the world.
Aspect Asia’s client, Envac (Far East) Ltd, was engaged under a sub-contract with the Main Contractor for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a fully automated Refuse Disposal System for the project.
Aspect Asia’s Involvement
In 2002 the project was suspended as a consequence of a serious tower crane collapse, caused by a 6.8 earthquake, which tragically killed 5 people. In addition, during the course of Envac’s sub-contract works numerous disputes arose in respect of various delays to and disruption of progress.
Aspect Asia was engaged by Envac to provide commercial and contractual assistance over the full duration of the sub-contract works and during the final account process. Following a review of Envac’s contractual position Aspect Asia produced a suite of claims which included the following:
- Extension of time due to delayed installation access;
- Disruption of Envac’s works;
- Constructive acceleration of the works;
- Prolongation costs;
- Defence of claims for liquidated damages levied by the Main Contractor.
In addition, Aspect Asia was actively involved in providing contract management, contract administration and commercial support throughout the project.
Despite difficult and protracted negotiations with the Main Contractor, Envac was ultimately able to secure a satisfactory final account outcome.