Since its inception, Raheja Universal has created a reputation for itself through a robust portfolio of projects. Its vision of the future is an approach that marries architectural design and spatial elements to reinvent the meaning of functional and creative intervention. In conversation with the man at the reins of its development, Ashish Raheja, MD, Raheja Universal, talks about the group’s latest project, Raheja District II, a project that continues in the same vein, where conventional typologies are tuned out, to develop contemporary strategies within the strong context.
Sprawling across 27 acres, Raheja District II is an international standard industrial park in Navi Mumbai conceptualised, designed and developed as an office complex for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that are sprouting across the country. “MSMEs today represent diverse types of businesses and Raheja District II is focused on creating an establishment that offers a range of services. These include space, dimensions and facilities that are vital for supporting the creation, expansion and modernisation of the sector, along with infrastructure, common service facilities and economies of scale at all stages. With a large labour force residing in the nearby areas, the project was aimed to mould and serve the potential that it offered.”
Ashish Raheja MD, Raheja Universal.
The project’s most distinguishing factor is its ability to establish an identity via the distinctive facade. With column-free units and optimum floor-to-floor height of 16ft, including the loft, it has been designed to define structural excellence at each step. Industrial, high-strength flooring tiles that can withstand heavy loads have been fixed across the property. After thorough research on the needs and requirements of MSMEs, the complex’s infrastructure is aptly designed to cater to each of them. It includes features to facilitate business activities, from loading and unloading bays to transport vehicle lifts for speedy transportation, eliminating the time-consuming process of shifting goods from ground to floor levels. The project, thereby, addresses important issues faced by MSMEs such as poor adaptability to changing trends, lack of skilled manpower, inadequate infrastructure facilities, including power, water, roads and other environmental issues to achieve better efficiencies.
Raheja District II goes beyond providing an industrial building that fits the needs of MSMEs. It also guides businesses through Indian customs, tax programmes, government incentives, and connects them to legal advisers to incorporate companies at the industrial park, as a turnkey service.
The creative design of the project has embodied a unique identity for the sector that enhances the effectiveness of its workplace and also composes itself as a strong marketing and recruiting tool. Consistently resonating with the values of modern and efficient spaces through the use of technological advancements and building systems, the project delineates as modern, responsive and compelling structure.
Architect: K Thomas Associates
o Project area: 27 acres
o Project launch: 2014.
o Estimate project completion: Phase 1 Edison to be completed in 2018
- Loading and unloading bays in each building
- Weigh bridge
- DG for common areas
- Rainwater harvesting and solid waste management
- Column-free units with floor-to-floor height of 16ft, including loft
- Slab strength of five ton/sqm for ground floor; 1.75 ton/sqft for other floors; 0.5 ton/sqm for loft
- Sleeve provision for HVAC