SmartCity Kochi's 3rd IT Tower Begins Construction;
Holiday Group's 14.37 Lakh Sq ft LEED Gold Building to Generate 10,000 Jobs
First 2 companies to start operations at the first IT tower will be 2 Singapore-based Companies - MariApps and Singnet Solutions. MariApps will be inaugurated on 20th May 2016, and Singnet Solutions in the first week of June. Singnet Solutions will be inaugurating its office premise in the presence of a high level delegation from Singapore.
Sands Infrabuild's IT tower, to be one of the tallest IT towers in the country with 35 storeys, started its construction on April 9.
Holiday Group, one of the joint developers of SmartCity Kochi, has begun the construction of its 14.37 lakh sq. ft. LEED Gold IT tower here, which will be the third IT tower in the 246-acres SmartCity project right after SmartCity Kochi’s own first IT building and the IT tower by Sands Infrabuild Private Limited, which is touted to be one of the tallest IT towers in the country.
Spread over 6.27 acres, Holiday group’s 14.37 lakh sq ft building will boast of twin towers each comprising 10 storeys. The project like its counterparts in SmartCity Kochi, will primarily offer office spaces to the IT/ITES sector along with supporting retail establishments that offer a wholesome working environment for the employees at SmartCity Kochi.
With around 35 storey capacity, the Sands Infrabuild towers will provide employment to 22,000 people. While SmartCity Kochi’s own building was inaugurated for fit-outs in February, construction of the Sands Infrabuild tower had begun on April 9, 2016. Sands Infrabuild is expecting the 40-lakh sq. ft. tower to be completed within 36 months.
Dr. Baju George, Interim CEO, SmartCity Kochi, said that SmartCity Kochi is in full throttle now to meet the 2020 deadline of the completion of the master plan as envisaged. “With the support of our co-developers, SmartCity is on its track to changing the business and social landscape of Kochi. With the promise of delivering world-class IT and social infrastructure to Multi-National Companies, SmartCity Kochi is getting closer to its grand vision of setting up a world-class ecosystem that provides for quality working and living . We are going to sign up with one of the US giants in the coming week which we hope will herald a couple of other big names as well,” Dr. Baju George said.
Meanwhile, Singapore-based Singnet Solutions will become the first company to be operational from SmartCity Kochi when it is going to be functional in the first week of June 2016 from the first IT tower. In the inaugural function, delegates from the Singapore government and associates of Singnet from the Far East are expected to attend. Mr. M. K. Anes, Chairman, Singnet Solutions said the company is looking up to its India entry at SmartCity Kochi with big hopes as it is expected to take its footprints from the Far East to the Middle East and beyond. “ We chose SmartCity Kochi as it can provide us the right platform and support to take our business to commercial hub of the middle east. With our new office address located at SmartCity Kochi, we not only become part of a Global Network but also gives our employees the opportunities to enjoy the kind of superior amenities and lifestyle offered as a global standard everywhere else, right here in this business township of Kochi. We have already finalized a couple of contracts with the Singapore and Indonesian governments departments and thus have scaled up our operational plans for Kochi,” Mr. Anes announced. Another Singapore-based company, MariApps which offers state-of-the-art maritime enterprise solutions for the marine industry having operations in Europe, South-east Asia among other locations, will also be operational soon as they are inaugurating their office premises by 20th May, 2016.
On the social infrastructure front, the 3 lakh sq ft facilities of GEMS Modern Academy, the K-12 international school being set up by GEMS Education, one of the largest educators in the world, is fast nearing completion as they are using pre-fab and pre-cast offsite construction facilities by KEF Infra. The construction that is taking shape in their Krishnagiri facilities, is saving hugely on costs, time and resources while ensuring superior quality. “We are targeting the GEMS Modern Academy to be ready for admission by end of September 2016 , while our another project, Little GEMS, a pre-school and daycare centre at the first IT tower, will be operational from June 1, 2016” A GEMS Education spokesperson said.
Dr. Baju George said that SmartCity Kochi is fully confident of delivering the complete potential of the project as envisaged in the master plan. “Projects of such scales will have some initial hiccups due to the bigger stakes involved when the decisions are weighed with various implications. We ensure that our promises will be met as we materialized them in SmartCity Dubai and SmartCity Malta,” he said.