Take a look at the tall residentials coming up in Bangalore with a host of features brought out with foreign collaborative work, says Ranjani Govind

These ‘storeys’ are building up differently because they are craning to the sky! One with 50 floors and another with 46 floors of residential living are the latest ongoing verticals in Bangalore. While civil engineering technology, design and safety approaches are what these project detailing talk of with foreign collaborations, what are the other special factors in these ‘tall fellows in brick & mortar’?

Says Sanjay Raj, CEO & Executive Director, Golden Gate Properties, “The Presidential Tower has 50 storeys, measuring 161 metres, and is located in Yeshwantpur – labelled the emerging Manhattan of Bangalore.”

He explains that the proximity to the CBD and metro station on the outer ring road (less than a kilometre away), as well as the availability of large parcels of land is the main attraction for developers choosing Yeshwantpur. The proximity to Bangalore’s commercial hubs and IT hubs, the World Trade Centre, latest malls, health care, schools and colleges and metro stations add to its vibrancy. “Our Presidential Tower features the North and South Block. Each block features four spacious and naturally ventilated 3- and 4- bedroom apartments per floor. The opening is strategically placed to eliminate mishaps without compromising the intent of the windows.

It will use MIVAN formwork from Malaysia to give speedier construction and quality finishing,” says Sanjay Raj. “With villas on the top floors, it’s the infinity pool and terrace party deck that add to its luxury on the 50 floor! The principal architect for the project is Lateral Designs and Architectural Services. L. Davies is responsible for the visual appeal of the project,” he says.

And how floor-friendly is it?“Colliers International, involved in quality inspections for safety, will do the “snagging” for the entire project and only after the apartments are certified ‘snag-free” will they get handed over to customers,” says Raj. The engineered marble floor, fewer beams and columns give the owner more freedom to plan the interiors. The Presidential Tower is priced at Rs. 8,100 (per sq. ft) and goes up to Rs. 11,100 for the 45 floor for unit sizes ranging from 2,310 to 3,055 sq. ft. The Sky Villas on the top four floors have 5,270 to 7,030 sq. ft space, sold by invitation only,” he explains.

At South Bangalore

The next in gaining height is Mantri Pinnacle on Bannerghatta Road with 46 floors that would house 133 residences with 3/4/5 BHK.

Says Snehal Mantri, Head, Marketing & HR, Mantri Developers, “Areas like Bannerghatta Road in South Bangalore and Yeshwantpur in west Bangalore have the potential to emerge as high-rise clusters, as the areas are far away from the restrictive height regulations that the CBD areas face. This is one of the key reasons for us to build Mantri Pinnacle.

"Bannerghatta and the surrounding areas have gradually undergone a development to become the hub of commercial and residential spaces. Also, the close proximity and accessibility to IT parks at Electronics City, Koramangala, Outer Ringer Road and Hosur Road makes it a preferred location. Also, with the arrival of the second phase of metro, the connectivity will improve to make the area a sought after one.”

Sky lounge

Mantri Pinnacle, costing Rs. 7990/sq. ft with proportionate floor rate increases, boasts of a Sky Lounge on the 41st floor with superior energy conservation methodologies in their build technologies, including prudent rainwater harvesting methods with recycled water for gardening.

Special blocks

Explains Snehal, “Other than technologies which contribute to the holistic development of a structure, there are technologies that have been specifically developed to build high-rise structures. One such is the use of AEROCON Blocks (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks) ideal for earthquake and other disaster-prone areas.

High-rise buildings face a basic problem of sanitary system of handling higher pressure ratings which damages the pipelines, creates vacuum in the traps and WC bowls, resulting in foul smelling interiors. To avoid such situations, at Mantri Pinnacle, we have installed ‘Sovent’, which is the velocity arrester.”