Friday, August 27, 2010

Helipad crowns city's tallest building

Helipad crowns city's tallest building

Staff Reporter
Thirty-storey World Trade Center, Bangalore, to house both businesses and residences



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Bangalore: With a helipad as its crowning glory, India's second World Trade Center (WTC) located within the Brigade Gateway, the 40-acre mixed use project at the Rajajinagar-Malleswaram junction here, will be operational by the first quarter of 2011.

Licensed

“The Brigade Group has obtained the licence from the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) to classify and manage its one million sq ft office tower, as the World Trade Center, Bangalore,” said M.R. Jaishankar, Chairman & MD, Brigade Group, at a press conference in the city.

Symbol of trade

“The World Trade Center certification is awarded after rigorous assessment and scrutiny by WTCA whose primary objective is to promote ‘prosperity through trade,” said Robert J. Frueh, Director of Member Services, WTCA.

“WTC Bangalore will soon be a symbol of international trade for the Greater Bangalore Region,” he said “The establishment links this great city with around 311 World Trade Centers in nearly 100 countries.”

International trade providing services as trade information, global networking with WTC clubs, teleconferencing, exhibit facilities, consulting and office services and trade policy research, amongst others, will be available at the WTC Bangalore.

World-class

WTC Bangalore is 128 metres high (437 feet) with a glass façade, is built to LEED standards by HOK, New York, has world-class architectural features. Twenty-one high-speed elevators take visitors up 30 floors while 90,000 sq ft have been set aside for the nine-level car park.

The 29 {+t} {+h} floor, the Observation Deck, will have a 360-degree view of the city's skyline. Capping it is the 10,000 sq ft helipad.

The 1,260 residential units inside the integrated enclave will overlook an artificial lake. They will co-exist with a large retail space facing the road, a Sheraton Hotel with interconnected bridge for easy movement, PVR multiplex, Columbia Asia Hospital, club and sports services, and a Brigade Foundation School.

“This will be the first-of its kind privately run WTC in the world, unlike the Council of Management running the show at the WTC in Mumbai,” said Mr. Jaishankar.

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