works of HPCE

Godrej Garden City, Ahmedabad
Project: Godrej Garden City, Ahmedabad
Client: Godrej Properties Ltd.
Architect: SOM, New York & P. G. Patki Architects Pvt. Ltd.
Value : £ 300,000,000
Year : 2013
Godrej is developing a new township in Ahmedabad with residential towers, affordable housing and ancillary community and commercial facilities in a new 10 million square feet development. The attempt in this project is to reach a new level of simplicity, resource conservation and economy through appropriate structural systems.
24 storied laxmi sky city, Naroda, Ahmedabad
Project: 24 storied laxmi sky city, Naroda, Ahmedabad
Client: Laxmi Developers
Architect: HCP Architects (Bimal Patel)
Value : £ 15,000,000
Year : 2015
This is a 750,000 square foot mixed use development with 5 high-rise residential towers of 24 storeys each, commercial in the front and basement parking. Flat slab and shear wall construction has been used for the high-rise towers for speed, simplicity, flexibility, elegance and economy.
18 storied new City Centre Development, Patna
Project: 18 storied new City Centre Development, Patna
Client: Ambuja Realty Development Ltd.
Architect: Salient Design, Kolkata
Value : £ 35,000,000
Year : 2010
This is a mixed development with two residential towers of 18 storeys, malls, commercial block, a hotel tower and a multiplex. A challenge in this project was to develop efficiency of stresses in the structural frame through judicious conceptualisation and sophisticated modelling such that the overall consumption of concrete and steel reduces significantly. For example, in the moderately high earthquake zone, the total steel consumption in the residential towers has worked out to less that 4 kg/sqft of built-up area inclusive of all laps, cutting wastes and the substructure steel. For the non-residential areas, flat slab and column/shear wall structure with just the perimeter beams is developed for simplicity, speed, flexibility and high economy.
New City Centre Development, Kolkata
Project: New City Centre Development, Kolkata
Client: Ambuja Realty Development Ltd.
Architect: Kapil Bhalla, Studio for Environment & Architecture, Mumbai
Value : £ 100,000,000
Year : 2010
This is an ambitious project in the heart of Kolkata comprising residential, offices, malls, entertainment and recreational facilities for the city including a large span covered sports stadia and public auditorium. The office and residential towers are at present envisaged to be the tallest structures in Kolkata. An innovative central core with cruciform shear wall system is being developed which gives economic flat slab systems suitable for tall, mixed use towers.
Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar
Project: Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar
Client: PDPU
Architect: HCP Architects (Bimal Patel)
Value : £ 18,000,000
Year : 2014
This is the second phase of the university for making the residential hostel towers for the students. Six number towers of 12 storeys totalling 600,000 square feet are planned in flat slab and shear wall structure for maximum clutter free and flexible planning. The economy in steel consumption achieved in this building is exceptional.
Udaivilas & Trident Hotels, Udaipur
Project: Udaivilas & Trident Hotels, Udaipur
Client: Oberoi Group of Hotels
Architect: Abhikram Architects
Year : 1989 - 1995
Udaivilas palace is one of the top five, 7 star hotels in India and its highest room costs approx. 9-10 Lac rupees per night. These ultra-luxurious hotels in Udaipur were constructed using random rubble walls as load bearing elements. Traditional building elements and modern technologies were combined to achieve economy, comfort and elegance. The undulating terrain demands sensitive use of masonry retaining wall to blend the structure with the landscape.
National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi
Project: National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi
Client: NCAER
Architect: Vir.Mueller Architects
Value : £ 3,000,000
Year : 2012
The 85,000 square foot project comprises a new institutional building with double basement, ground and eight storeys and a separate auditorium block in the existing campus of NCAER at Parisila Bhavan, New Delhi. The proposed buildings connect with link bridges to a stilt and 4 storey existing building built in early eighties and designed by the renowned architect Achyut Kanvinde. The structure and architecture reflect the modernist language in compliment to the original building.
ITC Guntur Township
Project: ITC Guntur Township
Client: ITC Ltd
Architect: Edifice
Value : £ 18,000,000
Year : 2012
ITC proposes to redevelop its Guntur Township to house the current requirements of the divisions of ITC, IT Centre and residences for Managers. The facilities include two residential towers (3BHK and 4BHK), Transit Block, Club House and Office Block, the last two being low-rise developments.
Laxurious hotel at Darjeeling, Sikkim
Client: Ambuja Realty Development Ltd.
Architect: Mandala and Inscape
Value : £ 10,000,000
Year : 2009
This hotel is set in the beautiful hills of Darjeeling overlooking Himalayas. The area is prone to earthquakes and landslides and the aim is to use this development is to improve the stability of the hills and restore the environment.
CIMS Heartcare Hospital, Ahmedabad
Project: CIMS Heartcare Hospital, Ahmedabad
Client: Care Cardiovascular Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
Architect: Surya Kakani Associates
Value : £ 5,000,000
Year : 2008
This 200 bed speciality hospital has an interesting structural solution of a masonry external box to provide earthquake resistance and reduce energy loads. This is integrated with large span beamless flat slabs to simplify construction, reduce costs, allow future flexibility, improve the hygiene and provide clutter-free surfaces to incorporate the complex utilities in a hospital.
Laxminivas, Narol, Ahmedabad
Project: Laxminivas, Narol, Ahmedabad
Client: Laxmi Developers
Architect: HCP Architects (Bimal Patel)
Value : £ 9,000,000
Year : 2015
This 450,000 square foot residential development has mid-rise towers of 7 to 14 storeys all designed as flat slab and shear wall construction for speed, simplicity, flexibility, elegance and economy.
ITC Bhadrachalam Township
Project: ITC Bhadrachalam Township
Client: ITC Ltd.
Architect: Space Matrix.
Value : £ 80,000,000
Year : 2012
ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division (PSPD) is planning to expand the capacity of its existing factory into the adjacent land parcel, which is currently occupied by the residential campus of the employees and managers. It is now proposed to resettle the existing families in new residential towers and villas as well as ancillary community facilities such as commercial block, clubs and community hall in a new 2.5 million square feet new township development.
IT Corporate Office, Visakhapatnam
Project: IT Corporate Office, Visakhapatnam
Client: Phoenix IT Solutions
Architect: Surya Kakani Associates
Value : £ 3,000,000
Year : 2014
This 4-storey office block and parking basements of 75,000 square is located on a challenging hilly terrain. The superstructure is designed as a perimeter frame structure with internal flat slabs for maximum flexibility and made to sit on semi-coursed rubble masonry plinths and basements lifting out of the terrain, leaving a very impressive footprint and yet simplifying the construction.
ICRIER (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations), Delhi
Project: ICRIER (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations), Delhi
Client: ICRIER
Architect: Vir.Mueller Architects
Value : £ 1,000,000
Year : 2011
This 25,000 square feet institution comprises a service basement, stilt parking and two wings above of 6 storeys connected by a corridor link. The substructure is planned as an earthquake reducing box with shear wall and flat slab superstructure frame without beams. In addition to the elegance and aesthetics, this structural system offers other advantages of function and economy. The system with its implied saving in the embodied energy of the structure, in comparison to the conventional frame, translates into significant economy in the structural costs and the subsequent power and maintenance bills.
ICT Campus, Ahmedabad University
Project: ICT Campus, Ahmedabad University
Client: Ahmedabad Education Society
Architect: Vir.Mueller Architects
Value : £ 7,500,000
Year : 2011
The proposed School of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) is part of the new campus of Ahmedabad University located near to the University cricket grounds. The ICT Building comprises teaching and administrative functions in a B+G+3 storey block of about 20,000 square meter built up area.
Affordable Housing, Boisar
Project: Affordable Housing, Boisar
Client: Mahindra Lifespaces
Architect: Vastu Shilpa Consultants (B. V. Doshi)
Value : £ 15,000,000
Year : 2013
This is in continuation of a strategy by a renowned corporate house to develop large scale housing which is affordable to the bottom of pyramid market without compromising on the quality of habitat. This project of 1 million square feet takes off from the development earlier of their Chennai project. The structural challenge has been to develop a minimal flat slab shear wall system which is simple, elegant, fast, flexible and highly economic.
Tilak Marg Multi-storey Aparments, Jaipur
Project: Tilak Marg Multi-storey Aparments, Jaipur
Client: Trimurty Developers Pvt. Ltd.
Architect: Inscape Architects
Value : £ 3,000,000
Year : 2009
This housing development on the main street of Jaipur has 5 tower blocks of 10 storeys each totalling 200,000 square feet. The service shafts on the perimeter of the buildings support large span flat slabs to provide both earthquake resistance and flexibility of apartment layouts without compromising economy and speed of construction.
Humayun Tomb Interpretation Centre, New Delhi
Project: Humayun Tomb Interpretation Centre, New Delhi
Client: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Architect: Vir.Mueller Architects
Value : £ 5 000,000
Year : 2015
Located on the archeological heritage site of Humayun Tomb, the 100,000 square feet development has a three storey administrative block and a large subterranean exhibition gallery with archives which would not leave a visible footprint. The soffits of the large span flat slabs over the gallery were profiled to reflect the slab internal stresses to enable the heavy earth loads to be carried economically and in an aesthetically pleasing pattern.
Indian Institute of Public Health Campus, Gandhinagar
Project: Indian Institute of Public Health Campus, Gandhinagar
Client: Indian Institute of Public Health
Architect: Ashok B. Lall
Value : £ 6,000,000
Year : 2010
This institutional campus houses academic, administration and residential facilities for faculty and students on a greenfield site near Sabarmati river in Gandhinagar. The individual buildings vary from 2 to 7 storeys, stepped to suit the undulating site, and interconnected with link paths. Confined flyash masonry loadbearing structures with hollow slabs, where the spans were high, were specially developed for this project to manage the scales, heights and the earthquake requirements consistent with the environmental concerns.
Mahindra Avadhi Affordable Housing, Chennai
Project: Mahindra Avadhi Affordable Housing, Chennai
Client: Mahindra Lifespaces
Architect: Ashok B. Lall
Value : £ 13,000,000
Year : 2012
This is a demanding project by a renowned corporate house to develop large scale housing which is affordable to the bottom of pyramid market without compromising on the quality of habitat. In a pilot project of 1 million square feet , the structural challenge has been to develop a minimal system which is simple, elegant, fast, flexible and highly economic.
Niwaru Multi-storey Apparment Township, Jaipur
Project: Niwaru Multi-storey Apparment Township, Jaipur
Client: Trimurty Developers Pvt. Ltd.
Architect: Inscape Architects
Value : £ 8,000,000
Year : 2007
This is a large scale housing development in Jaipur comprising 600,000 square feet of 14 storey residential apartments and the associated social and recreational amenities. In order to meet the demands of high quality in a tight time frame, the project has developed specific structural and delivery systems which can respond to the need. Flat slab construction and component standardisation combined with earthquake resistant shear walls, give the simplicity and repetitiveness for speed. At the same time the structural system generates its own elegance. The services are integrated into the shear wall cores for cleaner and easier to maintain buildings. Raft foundations with a sandwiched retaining wall box basement reduces the earthquake loads on the superstructure and at the same time increases the speed of construction at costs lower than conventional.
Ramchand Mission Ahmedabad
Project: Ramchand Mission Ahmedabad
Client: Ramchand Mission
Architect: Jayesh Parekh
Value : £ 400,000
Year : 2004
The Ahmedabad campus of Ramchand Mission has several structures including dormitories, residential hostels, cottage and a large prayer hall. The 35m span hexagonal prayer hall roof has multiple skewed hypar shells spanning the distance with just 90 millimetre thick concrete. For aesthetics and economy, exposed concrete with timber plank shuttering was used.
Atladra Swaminarayan Temple Complex, Baroda
Project: Atladra Swaminarayan Temple Complex, Baroda
Client: BAPS Swaminarayan
Architect: Mandala Architects
Value : £ 750,000
Year : 2006
Redevelopment of a major temple complex around the existing temple, comprising meeting halls, auditoria, dining halls, festival kitchen, guest rooms and residential quarters for priests. Planned on the principles of temple architecture, the new development has to meet the modern functional requirements, large span spaces and earthquake safety and yet in sympathy with the traditional vocabulary.
IFCI bhavan, C.G. road, Ahmedabad
Project: IFCI bhavan, C.G. road, Ahmedabad
Client: BAPS Swaminarayan
Architect: Rathin Goghari
Year : 2008
It is the first project on C.G. road with flat plate + shear wall structure system. B+G+5 floor building has amazing esthetical appeal due to its exposed flat plate structural system.
Khang-ri-Kutir Boutique Hotel, Panthang, Sikkim
Project: Khang-ri-Kutir Boutique Hotel, Panthang, Sikkim
Client: Ambuja Realty Development Ltd.
Architect: Channa Daswatte, MICDA.
Value : £ 6,000,000
Year : 2011
This hotel is located on the steep terrain of Panthang hills in Sikkim in a high earthquake zone. The structure tries to reflect the local vernacular and at the same time responds both to the terrain as well as earthquake by adopting masonry box plinth with composite brick superstructure and reducing in weight with a light, steel top floor and roof.
Anandniketan Primary and Secondary Schools, Vejalpur
Project: Anandniketan Primary and Secondary Schools
Client: Anandniketan Schools
Architect: Surya Kakani Associates
Value : £ 900,000
Year : 2004
To achieve large clear spans, these 3 and 5 storey school structures have been built using some innovative structural systems such as composite loadbearing and frames, hollow block flat slabs using flyash and polystyrene blocks, weldmesh fabric reinforcement and sensitive computer analysis to achieve earthquake resistance at economy.
Dhupia House, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Project: Dhupia House, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Client: Saran Dhupia
Architect: Vir.Mueller Architects
Value : £ 500,000
Year : 2010
This single basement and 4 storey 10,000 square foot town house was built as an earthquake resistant and exposed load-bearing box in contrast to the conventional reinforced concrete frame structures used in Delhi for similar typologies, resulting in special aesthetics and resource conservation.
Fun Steel Structures, many locations
Project: Fun Steel Structures, many locations
Client: Many
Year : 1982
The practice has built several fun structures in steel pipes and cables for marriage marquees, pavilions, temporary concert stages etc. Largely these are temporary structures in which we have used various forms such as parabolic and hypar to explore the tensile properties of steel cables and the compressive efficiencies of steel pipes. Some of the structures are over large assembly areas. The space frame over Rajkot Swaminarayan Temple prayer hall spans clear 40m x 65m.
Parag Nursery and Play School, Ahmedabad
Project: Parag Nursery and Play School, Ahmedabad
Client: Parag Schools
Architect: Surya Kakani Associates
Value : £ 1,000,000
Year : 2008
This 30,000 square feet school campus has an interesting structural palette of exposed concrete shear walls, exposed brick masonry walls with flat slabs and perimeter corridors in brick and timber. The building coveys aesthetic and environmental sensibilities in a very playful manner.
National institute of fashion technology, New Delhi
Project: National institute of fashion technology, New Delhi
Client: National Institute of Fashion Technology
Architect: Stein, B.V. Doshi & Bhalla
Year : 1989
Structural design of the leading fashion design school of India. A building combining mass with transparency.
Corporate Office and Workshops for Madhu Industries, Vatva
Project: Corporate Office and Workshops for Madhu Industries, Vatva
Client: Madhu Industries Limited
Architect: Surya Kakani Associates
Value : £ 1,000,000
Year : 2004
Absolute simplicity, elegance and economy are aspired in these large-span structures of hollow block flat slabs, tapering columns, flyash brick walls and steel, designed for industrial loadings and free partitioning. The earthquake resistant brick box integrates natural cooling and lighting to conserve resources and energy. The total building cost is an incredible £7 per square foot. This project is a culmination of years of efforts to conserve resources of nature in the built form.
Mahatma Gandhi University, Wardha
Project: Mahatma Gandhi University, Wardha
Client: Mahatma Gandhi Vishwa Hindu Vidyalaya
Architect: APT_V Architects
Value : £ 3,000,000
Year : 2003
This project was won in a national level design competition for its sensitivity to the hilly landscape and the Gandhian simplicity of form and layout. The university complex has educational, residential, administrative and IT facilities combined with libraries, museum and a media centre. The random rubble retaining walls and concrete entablatures of the campus buildings form earthquake resistant boxes, decked by lightweight steel envelopes.
C.N. Vidhyavihar, Ahmedabad
Project: C.N. Vidhyavihar, Ahmedabad
Client: C.N. Vidyalaya
Architect: Surya Kakani Associates/td>
Year : 1998
Structural design of of the new computer block of a larger educational institute.
Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad
Project: Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad
Client: Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
Architect: Mandala
Value : £ 3,000,000
Year : 1987
Structural design of the new 20,000 sqaure meters campus of the institution, nestled into the contours in between the trees and built in exposed brick and concrete.
BAPS Swaminarayan School Complex, Atladra, Baroda
Project: BAPS Swaminarayan School Complex, Atladra, Baroda
Client: BAPS Swaminarayan
Architect: Mandala
Value : £ 1,000,000
Year : 2003
The complex comprises full educational, residential and dining facilities for primary and secondary education. Hollow block slabs with hybrid column and loadbearing walls were used for large span flexibility, earthquake safety and economy. An innovative concept of equipotential stressing was developed with computer modelling to optimise the structure.
Gandhi Ashram, Zilla
Project: Gandhi Ashram, Zilla
Client: Bhansali trust
Architect: Mandala
Value : £ 1,000,000
Year : 1984
Space frame roof structure for a rural community hall, designed so that it can be assembled by the local farmers.
Craft Park, Bhuj
Project: Craft Park, Bhuj
Client: Centre for Environment Education and Kutch Navnirman Abhiyan
Architect: Mandala architects
Value : £ 1,000,000
Year : 2004
This craft park and training centre was built in the aftermath of earthquake to accommodate promotion of arts and crafts of the region. In tune with the local practices, the buildings were built with rubble masonry, rammed earth and soil stabilised blocks with roofs constructed in steel. Again the steel roofs emulate the traditional timber roofs no longer affordable.
Sensitive to earthquake, the lower masonry structures were planned as rigid boxes stabilised by grade slabs whereas the upper floors were in lighter and flexible steel construction to manage the lateral sways.
Swaminarayan Temples, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Bhavnagar and Rajkot
Project: Swaminarayan Temples, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Bhavnagar and Rajkot
Client: Swaminarayan Trust
Architect: Mandala – Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot; Kiran Pandya - Bhavnagar
Year : 1993
All the above temple complexes have large span public structures and residential facilities. Ahmedabad has reinforced concrete portal frames of 41.8m span in the main hall, the largest R.C.C. span in Gujarat without intermediate supports. The Rajkot temple auditorium is spanned by an innovative space frame 40m by 65m clear.
Viksat Campus, Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad
Project: Viksat Campus, Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad
Client: Nehru Foundation for Development
Architect: Surya Kakani Associates
Value : £ 100,000
Year : 2008
In line with the client brief for the highest regard to natural environment, the campus is terraced into the undulating landscape with buildings wrapping around existing trees. The site contours and drainage patterns are maintained with terraced masonry retaining walls integrated into the buildings constructed in exposed flyash brickwork, flat slabs and a structural steel external skin.
AKRSP Campus, Sayla
Project: AKRSP Campus, Sayla
Client: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Architect: Mandala Architects
Value : £ 50,000
Year : 2007
In response to the seismic requirements, the buildings are planned as earthquake resistant brick boxes with concrete floors at lower levels and lighter steel roofs at upper levels. The water harvesting tanks below ground are used to reduce the seismic loads on the superstructure.
Prashanti Medical Heart Research Centre, Rajkot
Project: Prashanti Medical Heart Research Centre, Rajkot
Architect: Mandala
Year : 1997
The special challenge of this heart hospital was to provide large clear spaces with minimum obstructions. The hollow block slab system also gave flexibility in partitioning the hospital. A combination of rubble masonry, concrete slabs and hypar shell roofs were used to meet the functional requirements within the local context.
SOPL Headquarters
Project: SOPL Headquarters
Client: SOPL for SAR organizers PVT. Ltd., Ahmedabad
Architect: Abhikram Architects
Year : 1993
Structural design of the corporate headquarter building. An interesting composite structure of steel columns and load bearing envelope supported on a reinforced concrete pedestal above ground level.
Rapid Visual Assessment of Earthquake Damage
Project: Rapid Visual Assessment of Earthquake Damage
Client: Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)
Architect: Abhikram Architects
Value : £ 50,000
Year : 2001
Rapid assessment of buildings affected by the Gujarat earthquake and classification of buildings according to their damage. This unique and scientific response by the local architects and engineers on volunteer basis, to assist the people and the government at the time of crisis, has been hailed globally. Interestingly, the compensations based on our damage assessments were upheld by Gujarat High Court for all cases.
Post Earthquake Reconstruction of Vavaniya village
Project: Post Earthquake Reconstruction of Vavaniya village
Client: Centre for Environment Education, Funded by Tata Corporate House and UNDP
Architect: Mandala architects
Value : £900,000
Year : 2001
Reconstruction of earthquake damaged housing, community buildings and schools for a village of about 1,000 families together with water and sanitation infrastructure development. For sentimental reasons, the old school in the village was rebuilt in the same style as before. The old timber roof could not be replaced in the same material owing to the scarcity and cost of good timber. Steel rectangular hollow sections were used to replicate the old timber structure.
Post Earthquake Rehabilitation of Schools and Houses, Halvad
Project: Post Earthquake Rehabilitation of Schools and Houses, Halvad
Client: Centre for Environment Education
Architect: Mandala Architects
Value : £150,000
Year : 2001
Structural designs of 200 houses and 6 schools in 20 earthquake affected villages. The earthquake resistant measures were skilfully integrated into traditional constructions to encourage larger replication by the rural communities on their own.
Post Earthquake Village Housing Rehabilitation, Bhuj district
Project: Post Earthquake Village Housing Rehabilitation, Bhuj district
Client: Swaminarayan Trust
Architect: Vastu Shilpa Foundation
Value : £150,000
Year : 2001
Structural design of 1,000 houses in 6 villages devastated by earthquake using traditional layouts, materials and technologies but incorporating earthquake resistance features.