Economy

Populous, Feedback consultants for international convention centre

| Updated on: Apr 19, 2012

KSIIDC has shortlisted consortium of Populous Design, Australia and Feedback Infrastructure Services as consultants for an international convention centre here.

The centre will come up on 35 acres of land adjacent to Bangalore International airport (BIA) at Devanahalli, at a cost of Rs 250 crore.

nodal agency

The Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (KSIIDC), which owns the land, has been designated as the nodal agency to take up the project construction.

KSIIDC has selected Populous and Feedback as consultants through a global tender.

The consultants are to develop concept design, architectural design and offer project management consultancy for ICC.

The state government is going in for ICC to tap the potential of Bangalore airport which has become a regional hub in South India.

seating capacity

“The ICC is being planned with a minimum of 6,000 seating capacity main convention hall besides many small conference halls, food courts and exhibition centre,” said a senior KSIIDC official.

“The Karnataka Chief Minister in his Budget has spelt the urgent need for ICC and had said the design process for it will be completed within the next six months and work on the project under EPC contract to commence this financial year,” he added.

On Thursday, the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr D.V. Sadananda Gowda, in the presence of Mr S.R. Vishwanth, Chairman, KSIIDC, issued the Letter of Award to Mr Andrew James, Director, Populous Australia.

The Chief Minister speaking on the occasion said when ICC is completed, it would provide maximum business-to-business (b2b) and business-to-consumer (b2c) opportunities and boost the prominence of Bangalore in the global arena.

“ICC will also have the distinct advantage of being adjacent to BIA and will act as an epicentre for many global events, stimulating host of business opportunities for the state,” he said.

The Chief Minister also directed the KSIIDC to take up the development of ‘Aero City' which is also to come up adjacent to the airport on 400 acres of land.

Aero City project will have signature/iconic buildings with world class facilities and social infrastructure offering plug and play space for high-tech and knowledge based industries in the field of aero science, nano-technology and financial sector, health sector besides IT.

> anil.u@thehindu.co.in

Published on November 15, 2017

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