CONSULTANT ROBERT Benaim & Associates has been appointed designer for part of the new high-speed rail route between Taipei and Kaoshiung in Taiwan.
Benaim is sub-consultant to Hochtief Consult on contract 250. This has a value of £480M and includes 40km of railway, 80% of it to be carried on viaducts.
Benaim has been brought in to design the steel viaduct that will support six tracks running through the station at Tai Chung.
The design and build contract has been let to the Hochtief, Ballast Nedam and Pan Asia Corporation joint venture. It is part of the 350km high speed line which will link the north and south of the country.
The line will carry trains at speeds of up to 360km/h, and designing for these speeds in a seismic zone is seen by Benaim as a major challenge.
Construction work on other parts of Hochtief Consult's section has already begun, and is expected to be finished within four years.