Heard of the single largest IT facility owned by a single company in the country?
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is making headlines for its recently operational building Olympus Centre in Thane. And, remarkably, the Hiranandani Group completed Phase-1 of the project - which was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis - in a record 18 months as against the initial estimated 24 months!
As Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hiranandani Group, says, "What we have done is extraordinarily fantastic, setting a precedent in making speedy fast, good-quality buildings."
With Hiranandani Group leasing out the space for 15 years, TCS can now boast of the single largest IT facility owned by a single company in the country. The TCS Olympus Centre is being developed in two phases spanning 2.3 million sq ft (18.5 lakh building + 5 lakh non-tower area), with the potential to accommodate 30,000 employees once fully operational. Construction of the project began in January 2016 and was completed in an astounding 18 months - the facility is now operational across 2 million sq ft of commercial space, housing 25,000 employees.
TCS currently employs around 75,000 people in Maharashtra across Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik. The TCS Olympus Centre is the latest addition to the company's unique global network of software development and delivery centres. Platinum rated by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), this new, state-of-the-art facility has been developed as a green campus and features rainwater harvesting, a sewage treatment plant (STP), and eco-friendly, low-emission systems and fixtures. It includes a training block, club house and gymnasium, thus providing a contemporary and holistic work culture.
In terms of corporate relocation and workforce enlargement, this ambitious commercial project is a key driver for residential demand within the township on outright as well as rental housing. Consolidating operations across Mumbai into this new facility will also create more indirect employment opportunities in the Greater Mumbai area.
Challenges and solutions
A major concern involved the one-of-its-kind consolidation plan to relocate over 25,000 employees spread over 20+ offices to one unified campus. "The campus definition was that of a millennial's workplace, of which Phase-1 was to initially house 14,000+ employees," says Cyrus K Pithawalla, Director, Engineering, Hiranandani Constructions.
"To successfully complete construction in a record 18 months, pioneering technologies were used and global best construction materials leveraged."
Pithawalla highlights other major challenges faced and the efficient solutions offered by Hiranandani Constructions: