Tata Blues­cope COLORBOND® Steel is chang­ing the face of in­fra­struc­ture with its ad­vanced build­ing ma­te­ri­als and construction method­olo­gies

Chang­ing the Face of In­fra­struc­ture Land­scape in In­dia

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In­no­va­tion in steel build­ing ma­te­ri­als has en­abled a wider scope for con­struct­ing chal­leng­ing struc­tures, given steel’s im­proved strength, flex­i­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity, which is help­ing ar­chi­tects re­alise their de­sign and cre­ative dreams

More and more construction com­pa­nies in the Pub­lic Sec­tor space are opt­ing for smart tech­nolo­gies, ad­vanced build­ing ma­te­ri­als and mod­ern construction method­olo­gies. In­no­va­tion and use of steel in in­fra de­vel­op­ment is also con­tribut­ing to the over­all eco­nomic growth of the coun­try, as in­fra­struc­ture is a key driver for the In­dian econ­omy and growth. High­ways, ports, met­ros, rail­ways, and air­ports are all nec­es­sary con­duits for com­merce. Con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment in construction and in the build­ing ma­te­ri­als used, is of ex­treme im­por­tance.

Why steel?

In­fra projects are get­ting larger, riskier and more com­plex. In such an en­vi­ron­ment, de­liv­er­ing a project with bet­ter ef­fi­cien­cies and re­li­a­bil­ity; us­ing en­vi­ron­ment-friendly, sus­tain­able build­ing ma­te­ri­als with greater ther­mal ef­fi­cien­cies, have be­come top pri­or­i­ties. COLORBOND® steel from Tata Blues­cope Steel Ltd is one of world’s most ad­vanced pre-painted steel prod­ucts for the build­ing and construction in­dus­try. It of­fers ar­chi­tects, de­sign­ers, builders and own­ers a ver­sa­tile, lightweight, strong and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing so­lu­tion for al­most any type of built en­vi­ron­ment, espe­cially in­fra­struc­ture. In­tro­duced in 1966 by Blues­cope Steel, Aus­tralia, COLORBOND® steel was de­vel­oped specif­i­cally in re­sponse to the harsh cli­matic and weather con­di­tions such as ex­treme tem­per­a­ture and mois­ture vari­a­tions, and in­tense ul­tra vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion. It has been used in many of In­dia’s most iconic in­fra projects in the last ten years.

Rail­ways and Met­ros

Metro is not only a com­muter’s de­light, but also an ex­am­ple of mod­ern day in­fra­struc­ture, hav­ing raised the bar in de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture for pub­lic trans­porta­tion. Tata Blues­cope Steel Ltd has sup­plied more than 1600 MT of COLORBOND® steel for the roof­ing and as a build­ing prod­uct for a ma­jor­ity of the Metro projects in the coun­try. Use of the best qual­ity build­ing ma­te­ri­als that have ad­e­quate strength to en­dure con­tin­gen­cies like heavy rains, high up­lift wind and vi­bra­tional loads etc., is the pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion in an In­fra­struc­ture project. Pro­files made from high strength, cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant, and tried and tested raw ma­te­ri­als such as COLORBOND® steel and ZINCALUME® steel, are espe­cially crafted for harsh weather con­di­tions. Af­ter us­ing Gal­vanised steel for the first three sta­tions, DMRC opted for Zinc and Alu­minium al­loy-based COLORBOND® steel, solely on the merit of its ben­e­fits. COLORBOND® steel in colours Surfmist, Pale Eu­ca­lypt, Sky Blue and Tor­res Blue were used to suit the spe­cific am­bi­ent re­quire­ments of each sta­tion. The su­pe­rior coat­ing of Zinc Alu­minium al­loy and an ef­fi­cient paint sys­tem en­sures colour dura­bil­ity and a long life. This was the first in­stance where the com­mon man in In­dia wit­nessed colour­ful steel roof­ing be­ing used for an in­fra­struc­ture project like the Metro Rails.

Bus Stand, Com­mu­nity Halls and BRTS

A pub­lic util­ity space must en­sure ar­chi­tec­tural ap­peal as it is seen as a land­mark of the city. Per­for­mance with aes­thet­ics is what COLORBOND® steel of­fers, where a mo­not­o­nous struc­ture trans­forms into an ar­chi­tec­turally ap­peal­ing piece of work. A multi-util­ity pub­lic space, Valpoi Bus stand and Com­mu­nity Hall in Goa is one such ex­am­ple that com­bines beauty with power. A hum­ble sheet of Al-zn al­loy metal­lic coat­ing and long last­ing COLORBOND® steel paint sys­tem trans­formed a tra­di­tional pub­lic util­ity space into an un­con­ven­tional piece of art. The ar­chi­tect wanted a ma­te­rial that he could twist, ta­per, slice and an­gu­late. ZINCALUME® steel was cho­sen to blend in the serene moun­tain­ous back­drop. This seem­ingly mun­dane project of a reg­u­lar bus stand turned into a de­sign mar­vel, demon­strat­ing the cre­ative ca­pac­ity of the skil­ful ar­chi­tect, de­liv­er­ing some­thing ex­cep­tional. An­other ex­am­ple where COLORBOND® steel has trans­formed the face of a Pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture is the BRTS Ahmed­abad – a pub­lic tran­sit ser­vice.


Pro­files made from COLORBOND® steel are able to meet the most de­mand­ing construction and de­sign re­quire­ments, while craft­ing roofs for out­stand­ing per­for­mance and pleas­ing

aes­thet­ics. More­over, the ma­te­rial also pro­vides weather tight­ness and su­pe­rior re­sis­tance to wind up­lift, which is ex­tremely crit­i­cal for the hangars pitched near the run­ways. It is one of the only sheets, which, when in­stalled, helps the struc­ture be­come sta­ble and struc­turally co-op­er­a­tive. The DRDO Air­craft Hanger in Ban­ga­lore is made com­pletely of COLORBOND® XRW Toba Blue colour. Both wall and roof com­prised of over 50 MT of sheet­ing. The Chandi­garh In­ter­na­tional Air­port project made by PEB player Multi In­frat­ech Pvt. Ltd. uses Surfmist of over 200 MT to meet the re­quire­ment of vis­ual ap­peal and high per­for­mance.


Shree Shiv Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Sports Com­plex Sta­dium (nick­named Bale­wadi Sta­dium); is the first-of-its-kind and un­mis­tak­ably de­voted to sport­ing ex­cel­lence. It was spe­cially built for the first Youth Com­mon­wealth games hosted in In­dia in 2008. Tata Blues­cope Steel sup­plied colour coated steel for sheet­ing the en­tire façade and roof of the sta­dium. While we wit­ness the grandeur of many ath­letic per­for­mances, it is im­por­tant to con­sider com­fort of the crowds cheer­ing within the sta­dium. COLORBOND® steel is in­cor­po­rated with THERMATECH® Tech­nol­ogy with high re­flec­tiv­ity that con­sid­er­ably re­duces the tem­per­a­ture in­side, mak­ing it com­fort­able for the oc­cu­pants. An­other iconic project, the Buddh In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit – a pi­o­neer project in In­dian Mo­tor Rac­ing in Greater Noida, is an­other ex­am­ple where colour coated cladding has given it a facelift, bring­ing it at par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

In­creas­ing Ap­pli­ca­tion

COLORBOND® steel un­der­goes rig­or­ous cor­ro­sion and dura­bil­ity test­ing un­der ac­tual con­di­tions. Ideal for rugged ap­pli­ca­tions and eco-friendly too, the ma­te­rial is most trusted in pub­lic util­ity spa­ces – the rea­son why it is be­ing widely used in ar­chi­tec­tural and in­fra de­vel­op­ment projects across the coun­try.

BRTS Bus-stop, Ahmed­abad

Sta­dium with Lysaght Flexlok - Con­cealed Fixed Roof­ing Sys­tem

Kolkata Metro, West Ben­gal

Valpoi Bus Stand & Com­mu­nity Hall, Goa

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