Connect with us


Tsunami fears prompt Phuket convention center redesign

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Concerns over whether the Phuket International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) would be able to withstand a tsunami have sparked a full review of the project design plans.

Wongsakorn Nunchukhan, from the Department of Public Works And Town & Country Planning office in Phuket yesterday told a progess-update meeting at Provincial Hall that the141-rai coastal site in Mai Khao, at the north end of the island, is considered a tsunami-risk zone.

“The design and construction of the center’s main building and adjoining facilities should be ‘tsunami safe’ because tsunamis can strike at any time,” he said.

Thamrong Thongtan, chief of Treasury Office in Phuket, later told the Gazette, “The construction company probably considered this suggestion in their plan. The building design should ensure the safety of the people taking part in any events being held at the center.”

Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak, who presided over the meeting, highlighted the delay the suggestion would trigger.

“This suggestion will [need to] be discussed further among relevant organizations, such as the Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation [DDPM], after which we will discuss it again before proceeding,” he explained.

The project is already under time pressure. Its originally-scheduled completion was May 2014.

However, time pressures imposed by funding under the Thai Khem Kaeng, or “Strong Thailand”, government economic stimulus package require project completion by November 2013.

Cabinet approved a budget of 2.6 billion baht for construction of the center, but funding for other projects to support the ICEC, such as highway upgrades and light rail projects, will have to be sourced from relevant departments including the Highways Office, Provincial Electricity Authority and the Provincial Waterworks Authority, the meeting was told.

“The architects [KAED 103] will draft a master plan for the whole project so the other offices will have have a clearer picture of what the project will look like,” said V/Gov Somkiet.

KAED 103 signed the contract with the Treasury Office to become the project architects on April 27.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Pattaya2 hours ago

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya giving expats free Pfizer vaccines

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand corruption, Mixed vaccines, Delusions, The muppets | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 42

Technology3 hours ago

Facebook plans a name change and rebrand to a metaverse.

Sponsored4 months ago

Take a trip through Thailand with Sixt Rent a Car

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Covid-19 Wednesday: 79 deaths, infections below 9,000

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Bangkok authorities and hotels prepare for returning travellers

Weather5 hours ago

Korat’s largest hospital now flooded

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok5 hours ago

GPO selling ATKs at 40 baht at 8 centres and online

Crime5 hours ago

Music teacher in Bangkok arrested for allegedly molesting young schoolboys

Thailand6 hours ago

Refund for Fraud victims, Retirement visa changes, Flood warnings | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 113

Technology6 hours ago

Digital literacy a must for bank card holders after recent cyber fraud incident

Bangkok6 hours ago

93 arrested for alcohol in restaurant across from police station

Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Requirement for health insurance policy for O-A visa | October 20

South7 hours ago

Senior health official says South must move to Pfizer only to tackle Covid-19 outbreak

Expats7 hours ago

Thailand requires 3 million baht insurance for ‘retirement’ visas

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

70% of Bangkok residents fully vaccinated as capital prepares for re-opening

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism8 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11