For­eign hands build­ing in­dian in­fra­struc­ture

In keep­ing with the grow­ing trend of for­eign de­sign firms for­ay­ing in the In­dian build­ing and con­struc­tion space London based Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects joins the list as it gets short­listed to de­sign the Navi Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NMIA).

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Fol­low­ing up on the newly con­structed ter­mi­nal of Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional (CSI) Air­port de­signed by Skid­more, Owings & Mer­rill LLP (SOM) an Amer­i­can de­sign & con­sul­tancy firm, In­dia’s first Green­field Air­port project, Navi Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NMIA) will be de­signed by yet an­other for­eign de­sign firm, Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects from London. The GVK led Navi Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (P) Lim­ited (NMIAL) an­nounced the ap­point­ment of the Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects (ZHA) to de­sign the first phase of the Navi Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s Ter­mi­nal 1 and ATC Tower. ZHA’S is cur­rently con­struct­ing an­other ma­jor air­port – a 70-hectare ter­mi­nal in Bei­jing, set to ac­com­mo­date 45 mil­lion an­nual vis­i­tors. At one stage, the stu­dio was also look­ing at the fea­si­bil­ity of a new London air­port. NMIA will be the sec­ond in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion hub for Mumbai and will ad­dresses ca­pac­ity is­sues of the Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional (CSI) Air­port, which has al­most achieved sat­u­ra­tion point. At the end of an in­ten­sive 12-week fast track in­ter­na­tional de­sign, Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects (ZHA) was se­lected to de­sign the new air­port, a long-awaited in­fras­truc­tural project for In­dia’s fi­nance cap­i­tal. Com­ment­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Dr. GVK Reddy, Founder and Chair­man, GVK and Chair­man NMIAL, said, “Our vi­sion is to es­tab­lish one more land­mark air­port af­ter cre­at­ing Ter­mi­nal 2 at Mumbai CSI air­port. We are com­mit­ted to­wards bring­ing the best global prac­tices from the in­dus­try to de­sign, en­gi­neer and build this most awaited air­port project in western In­dia and hence we de­cided to go with ZHA,

a firm known for its path break­ing ar­chi­tec­ture. It also has the ex­per­tise of de­liv­er­ing a world class air­port de­sign through a highly pro­fes­sional team.”

navi MUMBAI in­ter­na­tional air­port

Navi Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (P) Ltd. is a Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship ven­ture in which the GVK led Mumbai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (P) Ltd., (MIAL), has a 74 per cent stake with CIDCO, the nodal agency of the Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra, hold­ing the re­main­ing 26 per cent. The NMIA will be con­structed in the PPP mode on 1,160 hectares on the main­land in Navi Mumbai, across the Mumbai har­bour, with the ad­van­tage of the up­com­ing Mumbai Trans Har­bour Link, a Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone and other ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments coming up. The ter­mi­nal build­ing, and ac­com­pa­ny­ing run­way, rep­re­sents the first phase of a strat­egy, which will see the con­struc­tion of two run­ways, han­dling 80 flights per hour. The scheme is en­vi­sioned as a sec­ondary fa­cil­ity to sup­port the sin­gle-run­way CSI Air­port, which cur­rently han­dles one de­par­ture per minute.

the global ex­per­tise

ZHA is a world-renowned firm es­tab­lished in 1980 by Iraqi-bri­tish ar­chi­tect Zaha Ha­did and con­tin­ues her post­hu­mous ca­reer with a port­fo­lio of over nine hun­dred and fifty projects spread across forty four na­tions. The Iraqi-bri­tish ar­chi­tect de­signed iconic build­ings around the world. Since GVK has signed an NDA with ZHA, they were un­able to share the names of the other ar­chi­tects who were in the run­ning for the project. But they did as­sert that they were ‘some of the best in the busi­nesses’. While ren­der­ings of the build­ing have not yet been re­leased, the ar­chi­tects said its de­sign will “speak to In­dia’s fu­ture, while cel­e­brat­ing its present and hon­or­ing its past”.

While, In­dia has no dearth of ca­pa­ble de­sign­ers with some re­mark­able ar­chi­tec­tural works un­der their belt, the vast ex­panse of ex­per­tise and ex­po­sure of global de­sign firms works in their fa­vor. The gov­ern­ment’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to fast track In­dia’s in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially the avi­a­tion seg­ment needs to be at par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. To achieve the same, it re­quires tried and tested pro­cesses and func­tional pre­ci­sion of de­sign firms like ZHA and SOM.

in­ad­ver­tently, we will con­tinue to see es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional firms gain­ing stronger pres­ence in the in­dian ar­chi­tec­ture in­dus­try. Mostly, they pair up with In­dian firms who have the on-ground ex­per­tise. Con­versely, the boom­ing in­dian econ­omy and the bur­geon­ing mid­dle class have prompted for­eign ar­chi­tects to set foot in the coun­try to ex­pand their work port­fo­lio as well as com­pany rev­enue bot­tom-line.

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