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Top Builders | Hiranandani Group

September 2013
Niranjan Hiranandani, Founder & Managing Director, Hiranandani Group

Hiranandani Group has built world-class townships and introduced integrated lifestyles, emerging as a symbol of premium quality, status and value. Since inception in 1978, the company has honed its excellence in every chosen business activity. Its construction activities were launched in 1981. Its modern townships-Hiranandani Gardens in Powai, Hiranandani Estate and Hiranandani Meadows in Thane-are acknowledged for humanising the urban environment and striking an attractive balance between greenery and construction. The group has always gone an extra mile by extending an arm to clean streets and drains, beautification, garbage disposal and organic waste composting and mosquito control and all important security services. The result is an experience that is truly rare in India: impeccably maintained infrastructure and buildings designed to last a lifetime with minimal maintenance costs, restaurants, food stalls, shopping malls and boutique shops, entertainment and sports facilities, educational and medical facilities, door-to-door support services, ample parking, transportation services, round-the-clock security and hawker-free zones. It's easy to see why a large number of awards have come to the Hiranandani kitty. "I think the company has now turned into an institution wherein it is not only the management or myself that becomes critical to the organisation but all stakeholders," says Niranjan Hiranandani, Founder and Managing Director, Hiranandani Group. "That primarily means my customers, staff, suppliers, contractors and other people are really concerned about the environment."

InnoVision as a strategy for future growth

"Hiranandani Group's vision has always been ahead of its time. To turn that vision into reality, it has had to constantly innovate, such as new techniques of waterproofing, new types of plumbing, new ducting for the roads to ensure that you didn't have to open them again and again. The company started with the guarantee of waterproofing the terraces, and repair leakages in toilets. The innovation has been constant and continuous."

Future plans and vision

"The company prides itself on being the first to come up with integrated townships in India. It looked at a township in terms of making buildings to sustain it with a holistic approach. So, when a building was made with amenities, the company would also make a good school, a great hospital, entertainment areas par excellence, and a shopping centre rather than malls that would be more customer-friendly. All in all, the company has not just built townships but enhanced the quality of life of people who live in them. And it will continue to do so."

CASE STUDY 1

Project: Crisil House, Mumbai
Type: Commercial (Part of Hiranandani Garden, Powai)
Size: 1.77 acre
Completion: December 2009

InnoVision factors: It is a naturally lit office - 60 per cent of natural light for workstations comes in through the atrium. All floors have a central atrium overlooking the green area and there are seven gardens on the premises to absorb heat and CO2 and provide a visually pleasing environment. There is a STP for recycling and recycled water is used in gardens. Other features include preferred parking slots and charging points for electric cars and an integrated building monitoring system for energy. A recipient of IGBC's platinum LEED certification, this is a landmark project acclaimed for its architectural features and innovativeness.

CASE STUDY 2

Project: Hiranandani Estate, Thane
Type: Township
Size: 250 acre
Completion: Ongoing

InnoVision factors: Seventy-plus buildings have been completed with 5,000 families residing in the township. Built on the concept of community living, the homes have been beautifully created in harmony with large open spaces. Features include landscaped gardens; a horticulture unit; nursery; rainwater harvesting plant; and bio-methanation plants.

CASE STUDY 3

Project: Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
Kind of project: Township
Size: 200 acre
Completion: Ongoing

InnoVision factors: The project plan is people, economy and environment-centric. Water is treated through STPs and used for gardens and toilets; 2 mld is treated at central plants and 2.5 mld is treated at package plants at different locations. Rainwater harvesting plants have been installed; during the monsoons, around 1 mld water is reused by immediate rainwater harvesting method. Indeed, on an average, 50 per cent of the water demand of the project is met by recycling and reusing water through STPs and rainwater harvesting systems.