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Doing more with less for high rise

July 2020
We’re doing more with less. In our Mumbai offices — yes, they are working from home too — Whitby Wood Pritamdasani is doing it with impressive materials savings figures on a seven-tower residential project for Godrej Properties near Panvel. Working closely with the Godrej technical team, our engineers have reached around 30% savings compared with the traditional concrete slab/beam system in this region and seismic zone.

Godrej City Panvel phase 5

Godrej City Panvel Phase 5 is part of a new development located south east of Mumbai, designed by architect Kapadia Associates. It comprises seven 125m concrete frame towers ranged symmetrically around a six-storey parking structure and club house, and will create a saleable area of 17,600 sq m. The planned 12-month design phase has been completed in just 9 months, and so the focus now moves to site for construction using a meticulously-developed tunnel form shuttering programme. Not often deployed in India, the selection of a tunnel form shuttering system has helped reduce the amount of reinforcement needed, as well as bringing other advantages such as faster slab-laying cycles and a high quality finish.

Godrej City Panvel phase 5

Materials savings are important to the economics of the construction industry in India, where labour savings might be more emphasised in other countries. Most Indian high rise buildings are designed using slab and beam concrete frames: Godrej City Panvel Phase 5 will be a flat-plate beamless format with distributed shear walls. To find find an optimised solution, an intensive iterative process was employed — our engineers working together with the client’s team in a fruitful collaboration.

GROSS EXTERNAL AREA : 250,000 sq m
EMBODIED STRUCTURAL CARBON : 298kg CO2e/sq m

Godrej City Panvel phase 5

Project completion is scheduled for 2022.

Rendering: courtesy Godrej Properties and Kapadia Associates
Plans and model : Whitby Wood Pritamdasani

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