Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure (APIIC) Trade Tower, Manchirevula , Hyderabad, India
…Hyderabad’s and India’s first approved Supertall skyscraper, Hyderabad’s second 100+ storey building
Sorry for not posting about this major development sooner, guys, but we only do this blog in our spare time, and unfortunately that’s been a little short as of late :(
But big news this is… early this month construction started on the APIIC Trade Tower (tentative name), which would be the 100 storey/450 meter towering centerpiece of the 11 million square feet Manchirevula Business district, surrounded by ten to twelve 30 storeyed towers.
The tower, designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster, to be constructed by a Reliance Energy/Sobha Developers consortium, is on the fast track, with expected completion within 3 years, and the rest of the business district within 5.
Although the tower’s designed has been approved by the famous Indian architect Hafeez Contractor-led Manchirevula CBD approval committee, apperantly the Hyderabad powers-that-be decided that they really don’t need to deign to show it to the general public. Typical. So sorry, no pictures yet :(
For more information and collected from all of us Skyscrapercity.com, read on!…
First, let me give you some background on this project by posting an article from last month announcing the planned construction of the tower:
India’s tallest building in Hyderabad
Shaik Ahmed Ali
Monday , May 07, 2007 at 11:17
TALLER THAN THE REST: The construction of tower will start by July is likely to be ready in the next three years.
Hyderabad: The historic Charminar might soon lose its status as Hyderabad’s most famous structure.
The state Industrial Infrastructure Corporation has given the final nod to the city’s skyscraper zone, and a landmark building, to be located in a 100-acre Business District in Manchirevula near Hyderabad.
“In the area that the building is coming up, the minimum height of a building should be 30-storeys. The building that we are making will be 100-plus storeyed building surrounded by a series of 10-12 30-storeyed towers. It will be a compact business district like Manhattan or Nariman point,” said APIIC Vice-Chairman, B PAcharya.
The proposed Trade Tower will house corporates, hotels and other establishments. 22 international players participated in the recently-concluded bidding process.
“We have kept very stiff pre-qualification norms and 10 were finally selected in the pre-qualification round. Ultimately two parties have responded and we are going to finalise them shortly – one from Israel, one from India,” said Acharya.
The APIIC had initially proposed to build 60-floor twin towers. Teams were sent to study the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Sears Towers in Chicago and high-rise buildings in Dubai.
Based on their reports, a single trade tower was approved. At present, the 16-storey Babu Khan Estate, built in 1987, is the tallest commercial building in Hyderabad followed by the 13-storeyed Haj House.
Since the proposed trade tower will be located in the skyscraper zone, getting clearances from the municipal and fire services authorities will be just a formality.
According to the APIIC, the construction of the trade tower will start by July this year and it is likely to be ready in the next three years.
And an article about the latest development, announcing the victory of the Reliance/Sobha consortium:
Anil bags 100-storied trade tower in Hyderabad
Hyderabad, July 6: Anil Ambani’s Reliance Energy has bagged the 100-storied trade tower-cum-business district project at Manchirevula on the city outskirts. Reliance Energy quoted Rs 6.57 crores per acre while its competitor Elbit Medical Imaging, an Israeli firm, quoted Rs 6.10 crores per acre. The upset price was Rs 6 crores per acre and the project is estimated to cost Rs 5,400 crores.
Noted architect Hafeez contractor also favoured the design for the tower submitted by Reliance Energy. In all, the ov erall marks given to Reliance were 75.40 out of 100 while Elbit got 71.29. Reliance Energy will start construction by September and will engage the services of world renowned architect Norman Foster. Company officials expressed happiness at getting the contract since the opening of financial bids coincided with the death anniversary of founder Dirubhai Ambani.
The tower with 100 floors will be about 450 metres tall and will accommodate offices, hotels and malls. “The company will be given the confirmation letter in a few days,” said Mr B.P. Acharya, managing director of the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation. “The trade tower has to be constructed in three years and the business district in five years.”
APIIC put a pre-bid condition that the company which bagged the contract should first construct the trade tower in 30 acres and would be given the remaining 50 acres after that. A special purpose vehicle will be set up to execute the project in which Reliance Energy will have 66 per cent equity, Bangalore-based Sobha Developers 23 per cent and APIIC 11 per cent.
The APIIC has thrown around the idea of a supertall, “Iconic Tower”-crowned CBD for a while, and had sent teams to Chicago and Kuala Lumpur to study the Sears and Petronas Towers. Inititally, the APIIC was planning a 60 storey twin tower, and invited bids for the same. After the decision had been made, architect Hafeez Contractor was taken as lead consultant of the project, put in charge of evaluating bids submitted by competing construction consortiums.
The APIIC Trade Tower/Manchirevula CBD and Lanco Hills aren’t the only projects in the works for what will be the Subcontinent’s second-most vertical city, the following projects are also in the works in Hyderabad’s vast Skyscraper Zone (thanks resident Hyderabad expert, Babji of Skyscrapercity India):
DLF Urban Entertainment Center, Basheerbagh: 60 stories — expected completion: 2010
Aliens Space Station, Tellapur: multiple towers of 30 stories — expected completion: Dec, 2009)
ICICI Tower, Nanakramguda Financial District: 28 stories — expected completion: 2008
Integrated Bus Terminus, Secundabad: two towers of 28 stories stories — expected completion: 2010
Saket and Sumeru Residential, AS Rao Nagar: 23 stories — expected completion: 2010
DLF SEZ, Poppalguda: 26 (5000 crore investment)
And that’s not including the various townships and areas earmarked for highrise development!
OK, that’s pretty much it for now, but as soon as more news or renderings of the project break, I’ll give you a complete rundown!