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Suvarnabhumi’s new terminal designer set to sue

BANGKOK: Renowned architect Duangrit Bunnag, who won the bid to design Suvarnabhumi airport’s new passenger terminal, will file defamation suits against the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) and two media companies, he has said.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 09:12AM


Duangrit Bunnag, architect of controversial Terminal 2 for Suvarnabhumi airport says he is suing the Engineering Institute of Thailand and two media outlets for defamation. Photo: Somchai Poomlard

Duangrit Bunnag, architect of controversial Terminal 2 for Suvarnabhumi airport says he is suing the Engineering Institute of Thailand and two media outlets for defamation. Photo: Somchai Poomlard

“We are discussing with lawyers and preparing the documents,” Mr Duangrit, managing director of Duangrit Bunnag Architect Co, told the media yesterday (Oct 16) at a forum held by Airports of Thailand (AoT) on the terminal’s design.

His company is part of DBALP Consortium, a joint venture that competed in the bid.

It also comprises Nikken Sekkei, EMS Consultants, MHPM, MSE and ARJ Consortium.

Four consortiums joined the bid and DBALP took the prize after the AoT’s first winner, SA Group, was disqualified for failing to submit a price quotation.

SPAN Consultants and Sign-Tech Engineering Consultant joined forces to create SA Group. They won the highest score but ultimately lost out.

SA Group has since filed a complaint with the government claiming AoT is guilty of unfair treatment. It reportedly plans to file a petition with the Central Administrative Court.

Critics have questioned whether Mr Duangrit’s architectural firm is guilty of plagiarism as the design of the new airport terminal resembles a bridge designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Other associations including the EIT have questioned the suitability of the design and accused DBALP of other irregularities.

Mr Duangrit denied all of the accusations.

“I personally hate corruption and have been following a policy of transparency,” he said.

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“EIT claim our company is unfit to win the contest and that we copied the design from another project. Media companies have also reported that we are involved in graft. These stories are groundless. They were all made without any evidence to back up the allegations,” Mr Duangrit said, adding he plans to sue two media outlets.

AoT said Mr Duangrit’s design won partially because it was capable of accommodating expected future capacity at the new terminal, which is likely to see over 30 million passengers a year.

The new building will be complete with 14 airport aprons and parking areas for planes. The terminal is expected to open in 2021.

AoT invited private firms to bid for the project, which has an estimated construction cost of B35 billion and a design cost of B329 million.

Construction is due to begin next year, with the terminal due to be fully operational by 2021 or 2022 at the latest.

The second terminal is part of the third phase of development at Suvarnabhumi airport.

The airport is already overcrowded with 60mn passengers visiting annually despite it only having capacity to serve 45mn.

The new northeast terminal will boost capacity by 30mn, officials said.

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CaptainJack | 21 October 2018 - 14:43:50

How can any bid even be accepted never mind win if it doesn't include a price?

Also. Corruption? In Thailand? No!

Kurt | 17 October 2018 - 09:44:43

Is this that not fire proof wooden design ( what can not be cleaned) for which many thai trees have to be cut?
Wonder what Japanese architect Kengo Kuma would say when he sees the design of the thai architect.

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