“Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd”, one of the largest, oldest and MOST TRUSTED Indian construction companies and is the part of SP Group; has legacy of around 145 years though in many businesses but primarily into construction (residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure etc).
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2010
VOLUME - 12, ISSUE 4
We@Head Office Annual Day Celebrations An Overview of Damac Park Towers
Shapoorji Pallonji Corporate Magazine
International Strategy Conclave at Dubai
European Holiday Travel Log
Happy New Year
EditorialHello, As you are reading this, we have entered another New Year. We hope you are sticking to your New Year resolutions. The editorial team wishes you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year. Be happy. Keep fit. Do good. Be generous. Donate your PL to a needy colleague (read about the Vacation Donation Program in this issue). The previous year did not conclude on a happy note for India. The nation is beset by scams and scandals on every front. Our own sector is facing mounting problems the paramount of which is the shortage of skilled labour. The entire construction industry is furiously debating the solution. The answer is skill development. We have taken the first step by training unskilled workers as Carpenters in our sites at Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad. Other regions will follow. However, problems have not deterred our Regions from taking on challenges like constructing South Indias tallest residential tower - Mantri Pinnacle - in Bengaluru and ` 450 crore office towers project for Phoenix at Hyderabad. In the International arena, we have entered Kenya and Saudi Arabia. The details are given below. The recently concluded International Strategy Conclave, featured in this issue, will give a further thrust to our International operations. Safety is first in our company and it was with immense pride that we accepted the Golden Safety Award - the nations top accolade - from National Safety Council of India (NSCI) for our General Motors Project, Pune. Our congratulations to the Project Team and Safety Department. Read about it in this issue. Our Corporate Safety head, Mr. Alok Shrivastava, has also written about his new initiative - National and Regional Safety Conferences and an informative article on managing noise pollution. Another new initiative we have covered is the first Vendors Meet at Bengaluru. We hope to cover more such meets in the future. You will also find a report on the 3rd Group Practice Sharing Forum which discussed practices in operations, functional expertise and technology. Its official. The best project of 2009-10 was DLF 10, Gurgaon. Kudos to the Project Team and Delhi Region. The team received the award in the biggest event of the social calendar - our Annual Day. Read about the function which was special because of the presence of our Chairman, Mr. Pallonji Mistry. We will cover the Annual Day functions in our regions in the next issue. Our regions have been busy with social, health and sporting initiatives. There is a lot happening in our Happenings section. We havent forgotten to inform you on what is happening on our projects. Read about an IT park (SP Infocity), Premium Residential Development (DAMAC Park Towers, Dubai) and a Thermal Power Plant (Chhabra, Rajasthan). We have also covered two major road interchanges constructed in Delhi by our Group Company, AFCONS. On the lighter side, if you are planning a holiday abroad, read what Mukesh Rao had to say about his recent trip to Europe. You are advised not to go in for a Netbook or iPad without reading Saurabhs expert comments. Your Space is meant to be just that - your space. Please send in your articles. Share your experience with the SP Family. Happy reading and send us your bouquets (and brickbats). - The Editorial Team
New Projects Turnkey Construction of Serviced Apartments and Mall for Riverside Ten Ltd. in Nairobi, Kenya. Civil and Structural work for Water Treatment Plant for Thermax Ltd. at Raigarh. Development and Construction of Residential Units for Peninsula Land Ltd. at Ashok Ayatan, Nashik. Construction of proposed Formulation Facility for Flamingo Pharmaceuticals Ltd. at Nanded. Construction of King Abdullah Financial District for Saudi Binladin Group at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Construction of Office Building at R&D plot for Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. at Santacruz, Mumbai. General Civil work for Tractors India Ltd. at TIL, Kharagpur. Construction of Shell & Core for Proposed Township for Vadinar Properties Ltd. at Vadinar, Jamnagar, Gujarat. Civil, Architectural and Structural Steel work for Carbon Plant at Aditya Aluminium Smelter Project for Hindalco Industries Ltd. at Lapanga, Sambalpur, Orissa. Construction of Office Space at Notified IT / ITES SEZ Project - HITEC-CITY 2 for Phoenix Infocity Pvt. Ltd. at Gachibowli, Hyderabad. Civil and Structural works for project IRIS for Tata Motors Ltd. at Belur Industrial Area, Dharwad. Main Contract Works for Mantri Pinnacle - Premium High Rise Residential Development for Mantri Dwellings Pvt. Ltd. at Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru. Civil and Structural Works for Tata Aerostructure Ltd's. Facility at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Design and Construction of residential development of Godrej Frontier for Godrej Properties Ltd. at Gurgaon.
Construction of Administration and R&D Protoshop Building for Diamler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. at Oragadam, Sriperumbudur.
Main FeatureDamac Park Towers, Dubaiswimming pool, health club and gymnasium, a spacious steam and sauna room, jacuzzi, tennis court and barbecue area. Business facilities include a concierge desk offering 24 hour service, an elevated coffee lounge providing dazzling views of the Financial Centre, a business centre with all facilities including a round-the-clock manned help desk. A banquet hall and meeting room have also been provided for private parties and business meetings. Work on the project commenced in February 2007. The major challenge was the unique shape of the building which was varying in shape and area - horizontally and vertically. Co-ordination with the specialist subcontractors in MEP Post , Tensioning and Glazing works was challenging as the layout changed on every floor. Despite this, SPML completed the 41 upper floors in 10 months time with a minimum cycle time of 4 days in some floors. The structure was completed in November 2009. The formwork system for the core was PERIs auto climbing system while RMD table form was used in slab decking. The short cycle time was achieved by working on all parallel fronts. Block work and plastering is almost complete while MEP works, tiling, lifts and glazing are in progress. The unique faade system in this project is unitized panel glazing - the first of its kind in the region. It comprises 6323 triangular panels - each averaging 2.5 SM in size. It was a big challenge managing the huge number of panels, each panel of an unique size, fabricating and erecting them especially due to the obstructions created by the temporary vertical access to the building in the form of tower cranes and builder hoists. The 15 elevators in the building have a speed of 4 m/s and capacity of 1050 kgs. The installation was done in two phases by closing the core at 22nd floor. Two window cleaning cradles have been installed at the top of each tower. The telescopic jib of 32 m - one of the longest in the Middle East- permits access to every external corner. Restraint sockets have been provided to hold the 250 kg capacity cradle in any position. SPML can be proud that they achieved 10 million safe man hours in this project. Major Items: 1. Concrete : 83,253 CM 2. Steel : 7,735 MT 3. Masonry : 1,20,618 SM 4. Flooring : 80,629 SM - Anjani Pathak, SPINT, Dubai
View of the towers from Sheikh Zayed Road
Damac Park Towers is a two-tower commercial / residential project on the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Road in the heart of Dubais financial district, a stones throw away from the worlds tallest building - Burj Khalifa, the worlds largest mallDubai Mall and the worlds largest fountain situated between the two. The developer - DAMAC Properties, is a leading residential, leisure and commercial developer in Dubai who has expanded rapidly into North Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. To date they have delivered more than 3029 units in projects at IMPZ (The Crescent), TECOM (Executive Heights), JLT (Lake View and Lake Terrace) and The Marina (The Waves and Marina Terrace). Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast LLC (SPML) are the main contractors and the value of the contract is AED 500 Million The other stakeholders are: Concept Designer : Gensler Engineering Designer : Engineering Consulting Group MEP Consultant : Ian Banham Associates (IBA) Aluminium Glazing : Arabian Aluminium Lifts : Thyssen Krupp MEP Contractor : OMEGA The complex with a total built up area of 17.3 lakh sq.ft., comprises 3 basements, 7 podiums and 41 floor twin towers. The basements are for parking 1059 cars. The podiums house 108 retail outlets and 120 offices while the twin towers contain 530 one, two and three bedroom apartments. The height of the buildings is 182 m (600 feet). Recreational facilities include a temperature controlled
SP Infocity, Chennai
A breathtaking challenge taken with pride by SP Real Estate in Chennai, SP Infocity stands out among the many IT parks in Chennai. An iconic design by the renowned architect, Hafeez Contractor, the fourteen storey structure is the tallest structure in its vicinity. The structure is also a Gold Rated Green Building. The major quantities were: 1. Concrete : 95,300 CM 2. Reinforcement : 12,400 MT 3. Formwork : 3,17,000 SM 4. Blockwork : 46,000 SM 5. Plastering : 73,000 SM 6. Granite : 9800 SM
7. False Ceiling : 3,000 SM 8. POP Work : 2,700 SM 9. Internal Painting : 17,200 SM 10. External Texture Painting : 20,200 SM 11. Structural Steel : 321 MT Construction commenced in September 2006 with mass excavation. The schedule was in 3 phases with basements of all the phases taken up at one stretch. All major works of