Saturday, January 23, 2021

Interaction-Kunal Patel, Director-Strategic Planning, HCP Design Planning

Buildings designed by HCPDPM are simple, elegant and timeless

HCP Design Planning & Management over the last 56 years has established itself well as a multidisciplinary organisation with a wide array of projects in both, Architectural as well as Urban Work Streams. HCP has designed projects in the Corporate, Educational, Industrial, Residential and Health Care Sectors, to name a few. Additionally, Urban Design, Master Planning, Urban Infrastructure, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning are the are the other areas where HCP has successfully executed projects. KUNAL PATEL, DIRECTOR – STRATEGIC PLANNING, HCP DESIGN PLANNING & MGMT spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES.


Very briefly tell us about your academic and professional background. Also offer us an understanding of your company’s operational philosophy and your contribution towards developing sustainable structures?

After Graduation in Architecture, School of Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad in 1995, did my Post Graduation from Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

HCP’s design philosophy is rooted in the belief that design is the search for elegant and sustainable solutions to practical problems. HCP believes that design and building projects require both, a rich collaboration amongst many design, construction and management professionals and workers, and an effective leadership that can provide a vision for that collaboration.


Could you talk about your project portfolio: landmark projects, their geographies, key clients, and outstanding features of the assignment?

HCP operates pan India as well as has executed projects in a few countries outside as well.

HCP ‘s works have been recognised through various national and international awards including the Aga Khan Award for the Entrepreneurship Development Institute, to the Prime Minister’s National Award for the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project in Ahmedabad, HUDCO Award for Himatnagar Canalfront Development.

HCP’s Clients range from :

  • National institutes like Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Technology
  • Corporate Sector – Arvind, DB Group
  • Multi-National Companies – PICFARE, UGANDA, British Maritime Technology, McDonald’s, Larsen and Toubro (L&T), ZydusCadilla, CadilaPharma, Claris Life Sciences, Abacus Paranetarals Drugs ltd
  • Urban Local Bodies – Pune Municipal Corporation, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Alang Area Development Authority, MMRDA, Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation, Govt. of Gujarat, GIDC, GSFC, Jalgaon Municipal Corporation

Outstanding features for example:

Climate Sensitive Design: Safal Profitaire

Safal Profitaire, is a multi tenanted office complex providing 28,000 sq. m. of built up area located on a 2.85 acre plot in Prahladnagar, Ahmedabad. In order to achieve more than 50 percent glazed façade and maintain energy efficiency in terms of climate control and lighting, the architects devised a system of rigid vertical louvers with cement bonded fiber board panels.

The louver system primarily protects the building interior from solar heat gain, shades the external façade to keep it cool, limits glare, ensures visibility from the interiors and preserves transparency from the outside. The easily operable technology allows users to adjust the optimum shading angle depending on the time of the day and the season of the year.

Industrial Design: Integration of Structure design as a key architectural feature for KHS Machinery

K.H.S. Maschinen Anlagenbau AG commissioned HCPDPM for the construction of a bottling production plant in a green field site at Hirapur, Memdavad. The simple idea of using inverted steel trusses over metal roof canopy, transformed the production facility from a conventional shed into an architecturally striking form. The palette consists of functional elements – outer steel columns and trusses, metal roof canopy, north façade glazing, gantry support columns and large openings to allow material handling which have been brought together harmoniously.Urban Infrastructure Projects.

Urban Infrastructure Projects: Separation of Non-motorised and Pedestrian traffic from the Vehicular traffic by way of design for Kalawad Road Underpass, Rajkot

Kalawad Road in Rajkot is a commercial and institutional artery which leads to Rajkot city’s centre. HCPDPM’s design for a Railway Underspass allows for clear segregation of motorized and non-motorized traffic. The four lane RCC main carriageway is flanked by two elevated lanes for non motorized traffic. This unique concept of an elevated lane for non motorized traffic does away with carts, cyclists, pedestrians and ambulances not having to descend the full 6 m depth which is reserved for motorized traffic. The four lane carriageway eases the traffic congestion at the junction and the uninterrupted traffic flow allows this junction to handle larger traffic volumes. The elevated lanes also allow the underpass to be used during heavy rains when the vehicular portion tends to get flooded.

Urban Infrastructure Projects: Flyover at IIM Junction for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation:

This is a comprehensive development of 920 mt length of road that includes the Flyover (504 mt), spaces under the flyover and the complete right-of-way width. The form of the flyover was designed to be visually striking and simple smooth curvature. The flyover also had to be structural efficient and economical. Every element was carefully designed - for example, the ramps, retaining walls, columns, the bearing junction, railings and light poles to interweave aesthetic and problem solving approach to decision making. The under space was designed to be enclosed, allowing for multiple uses to be decided at a later date - as a café, bookshop, gallery, a gathering area, a multi-purpose useable space. This helped prevent the bridge underspace from becoming a garbage dumbing or a hawking zone. The sidewalks and pedestrian crossings design met special needs of the Blind People’s Association, located at the crossroads.



Give us an understanding of the process and methodologies you employ in the design of your projects?

We approach each project with a multi-disciplinary design and problem-solving collaborative. Our design practices for campus development projects can be summarized in thirteen principles that we follow as a practice.

  • Design that Works with Nature
  • Design that blends the inside and outside
  • Design that is attuned to lifestyles
  • Design is a collaborative process
  • Design as an iterative process
  • Forms that meld geometry, function and construction
  • Economy of means is at the heart of design
  • Design that pays attention to details
  • Simplicity and timelessness are the goals of design
  • Robust designs that can be constructed
  • Design that blends with the context
  • Making joyous places is the objective of design
  • Designs that integrate art



Is your company offering specific solutions and services in the URBAN planning domain? Can you share details of some of your projects in the pipeline and completed.

HCP has been involved in Urban Design and Urban Planning projects since 1995 with C.G. Road design being one of its first well known urban planning projects. Since then, HCP has contributed to the Urban Planning realm through projects at the City and Regional level. This includes Regional plans, Development Plans, TP Schemes, Local Area Plans, Urban Design, Urban Infrastructure including assist in framing Urban Regulations and Policies.

The recently completed Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project is another key example that has added over 10 lac sq.ft of public space to Amdavadis. Presently, Area Development Projects around the Sabarmati Riverfront are ongoing such as parks, public parks, promenades, access roads, convention centre, infrastructure works, public amenities like dhobi ghats, riverfront market. Through these projects we attempt to ensure a holistic and integrated development of various projects that come together to create a more liveable urban experience. Additionaly HCP is presently involved in the feasibility studies and detail design of 6 other riverfronts across the country including one in Bhutan.



What difference can a quality architect like you bring to the construction process – in terms of design, savings in cost, time, planning and execution? Citing a few case studies tell us about the benefits accruing to clients through such services?

High quality design can be realised through good quality construction. And good quality construction is possible only if there is good detailing.

Good detailing takes into account construction techniques, material properties, and appropriate specifications. During execution, regular site support is essential to ensure proper interpretation of drawings and methodical resolution of any discrepancies.

The approach to design described above increases the chances of the project being completed within the given time constraints of time and cost, as well as meets both, the Client’s requirements, as well as ensures project delivery of a high aesthetic and construction standard.

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