On October 31st 2012 at Phuket City Hall, Chief of Phuket Governor’s Office – Mr.Prajed Auksorndham, Office of Public Works and Town Engineer – Mr.Thawee Homhuan and Phuket Governor’s Office Operations Manager – Mr.Ananthasak Boonnak, presented the plans for the construction of the new Phuket Provincial Hall. In attendance at the presentation, representing the people of Phuket, were PPAO Vice President – Mr.Sakchai Panyawai, Former Deputy Mayor of Rassada District – Mr.Aumpol O-art and PPAO Council member – Mr.Boonaum Auejittrakul.
Controversially, the new Phuket Provincial Hall will be constructed on the 14 rai of public space at Sanam Chai, currently used as football pitches (9 rai) and tennis courts (4 rai). Many locals have questioned why it is being built there and where they will be able to use for their activities in the future.
The presentation revealed the new construction will feature two buildings, an auditorium which will be able to hold around 500-700 people, and a 5 floor Town Hall building. It was announced that a total area of 4 rai will be used for the project.
Mr.Prajead said “The new Town Hall has an approved budget of 450 million THB and the government has already provided 67 million THB for the design of the infrastructure. It has already been confirmed that there will be minimal impact the football pitches as the construction will be built in the area of the tennis courts. New, higher standard tennis courts will be built behind the old Phuket City Hall, and will use a budget of 15 million THB.”
Once complete, the project will feature the main office building (16,600 sqm), underground parking for 380 cars (8,740 sqm), a multipurpose area above the parking with 190 car parking spaces (4,370 sqm), auditorium for 500/700 people (1,600 sqm) and a 1,600 sqm food hall.