21 July 2018

Interview - John Guest (Omkar Realtors & Developers)

Design crucial factor for tall buildings

The Mumbai based Omkar Realtors has delivered projects spanning over 4 million sq. ft. area across residential and commercial sectors and has been at the forefront of high rise development. It is currently developing over 20 million sq. ft. area. JOHN GUEST, HEAD EPC, OMKAR REALTORS & DEVELOPERS, offered SHRIKANT RAO a view of his firm’s role in the tall buildings space.

 

On the emphasis Omkar places on the construction of high rise developments: The residential buildings in India at present are tall structures vis-à-vis compared globally where it is commercial establishments which mostly are multi story buildings. We in India are seeing a similar trend with more and more commercial buildings touching the skies. In cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru a number of commercial buildings are above 100 meters. Also, when we speak of concept of luxury which was mostly seen confined to villas, bungalows and studios across the world, is now being offered in high rise towers with plethora of world class amenities as seen in Europe, Chicago, New York. In a city like Mumbai with a 20 million population living in a small land area vertical is the only way to go. We are seeing the majority of the demand coming from residential space and we are seeing a rise in high rise developments. Going forward the gap between demand and supply of high rise apartments is bound to increase and with space unavailable it further underscores the need to build high rise apartments. Mumbai has become more premium and the trend is going towards the suburbs. With the land scarcity people want to stay in that land parcel people don’t want to lose the locational advantage. Therefore a tall structure is the only new trend which would offer the same neighborhood along with needed amenities.

 

On the tall building projects done by our firm: We have three high rise projects on-going in Mumbai, one being the Alta Monte at Malad East which comprises 4 towers which range from 47 to 57 storeys. The second offering is the landmark Super Luxury Project at Worli, Omkar 1973 which encompasses 3  towers from 62 to 71 floors including podium offering 400 plus sky bungalows; and the Crescent Bay at Lower Parel which is a  JV with L & T Realty and comprises 6 towers from 40 to 60 storeys.

  

On the main challenges in building tall structures: The construction of high-rise buildings is a huge task requiring the knowledge, skills and expertise of thousands of people. One of the major challenges in constructing a high-rise building is the design. Design is a very crucial factor for these buildings as this differs a lot compared to a non-high rise structure. Efficient construction technique and formwork for timely delivery, safety, logistics and planning are few of the other key challenges.

 

On the future outlook for tall buildings in India: The global imprint is fast-changing India’s urban landscape. The future is going to be of high rises developments especially in Mumbai, in line with concept of Vertical Cities being developed across the world. These vertical developments will not only be primarily residential premises but will also speak of lifestyle and style statements of the customers. Indian cities do not have many skyscrapers but with land becoming scarce, high-rise projects are a way out to house the runaway demand for office and residential space in cities.

 

On the emphasis Omkar places on the construction of high rise developments: The residential buildings in India at present are tall structures vis-à-vis compared globally where it is commercial establishments which mostly are multi story buildings. We in India are seeing a similar trend with more and more commercial buildings touching the skies. In cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru a number of commercial buildings are above 100 meters. Also, when we speak of concept of luxury which was mostly seen confined to villas, bungalows and studios across the world, is now being offered in high rise towers with plethora of world class amenities as seen in Europe, Chicago, New York. In a city like Mumbai with a 20 million population living in a small land area vertical is the only way to go. We are seeing the majority of the demand coming from residential space and we are seeing a rise in high rise developments. Going forward the gap between demand and supply of high rise apartments is bound to increase and with space unavailable it further underscores the need to build high rise apartments. Mumbai has become more premium and the trend is going towards the suburbs. With the land scarcity people want to stay in that land parcel people don’t want to lose the locational advantage. Therefore a tall structure is the only new trend which would offer the same neighborhood along with needed amenities.

 

On the tall building projects done by our firm: We have three high rise projects on-going in Mumbai, one being the Alta Monte at Malad East which comprises 4 towers which range from 47 to 57 storeys. The second offering is the landmark Super Luxury Project at Worli, Omkar 1973 which encompasses 3  towers from 62 to 71 floors including podium offering 400 plus sky bungalows; and the Crescent Bay at Lower Parel which is a  JV with L & T Realty and comprises 6 towers from 40 to 60 storeys.

  

On the main challenges in building tall structures: The construction of high-rise buildings is a huge task requiring the knowledge, skills and expertise of thousands of people. One of the major challenges in constructing a high-rise building is the design. Design is a very crucial factor for these buildings as this differs a lot compared to a non-high rise structure. Efficient construction technique and formwork for timely delivery, safety, logistics and planning are few of the other key challenges.

 

On the future outlook for tall buildings in India: The global imprint is fast-changing India’s urban landscape. The future is going to be of high rises developments especially in Mumbai, in line with concept of Vertical Cities being developed across the world. These vertical developments will not only be primarily residential premises but will also speak of lifestyle and style statements of the customers. Indian cities do not have many skyscrapers but with land becoming scarce, high-rise projects are a way out to house the runaway demand for office and residential space in cities.

 

OMKAR'S TOUR DE FORCE

Omkar 1973 Worli: With Omkar 1973, the vision of Omkar is to provide 3 Ps- Privacy, Personalisation and Perfect space. This landmark project also marks the debut of leading global architecture designers and luxury service providers in the Indian residential realty space. The design team for the project is led by world renowned architecture designer Foster + Partners along with HBA (UK/Interiors); Buro Happold (UK/structural designer), Larsen & Toubro (India/construction); DHA (UK/ lighting designer and LDA (UK leading landscape artists while amenities provider include ESPA, UK - creator of world's leading spas’ and Barkley USA - premier pet care facility. The idea behind the project was to reinvent traditional courtyard of Indian palaces to `palace in the sky.’ It evolved into a series of apartment types, each with a sky garden at its heart.

 




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