Hines & DLF start work on commercial tower
DLF Ltd and Hines have announced their project One Horizon Center in Gurgaon. The project is designed to be an international-quality office tower with accompanying retail spaces. Construction of One Horizon Center, the first joint-venture project by the two companies in India, has reached ground level and is rapidly moving upwards. The 25-storey office tower is located on Golf Course Road, on a site directly opposite the DLF Golf & Country Club, in DLF Phase-V, Gurgaon. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2013. One Horizon Center will be the architectural centerpiece of a mixed-use complex master planned by award-winning American architect Robert A.M Stern. One Horizon Center will be Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ first development in India.
One Horizon Center will include 800,000 square feet of office space, 65,000 square feet of retail space, a large outdoor plaza and four levels of underground parking that will accommodate 1,700 cars. The project will reflect Hines’ global standard of quality, unmatched construction and superior property management.
While emphasizing on the state-of-the art facilities at One Horizon Center, Rajiv Singh, Vice Chairman, DLF Ltd. said: “Horizon Center is the only high-end commercial complex in DLF City’s Phase-V, and I am sure One Horizon Center will soon be recognized as the iconic structure in the NCR region. We are certain that this project will preempt and deliver far above the expectations of the country’s and the world’s leading businesses. It will be an exceptional commercial complex combining the experience of Hines and the exceptional design provided by AM Stern.”
President and CEO of Hines, Jeffrey C. Hines, who was in Gurgaon for an announcement event on Tuesday, 24 January, said: “Along with DLF, we are proud to celebrate the start of construction of One Horizon Center. India is an important market for us with huge potential, as we see growing demand among discerning clients. We have invested significant time to study and understand the needs of the market, and we are committed to extending our international best practices to this development.”
One Horizon Center will include sustainable features that will make it a healthier, more productive place to work, with a smaller energy footprint. The project has been designed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified sustainable development criteria. Sustainable features will include: a dual-pane glass façade to reduce thermal gain; floor plate depths that maximize natural light; and advanced air handling units, to name a few.
The project also features the most technologically advanced, yet cost-efficient building systems available, including high-speed computer controlled elevators, an intelligent building management system for maximum efficiency and flexibility, state-of-the art security with electronic card-key access, and an extensive, automated life-safety system.
Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide.