Kolkata’s tallest building, Urbana, to change worldview
Sep 09 2009
Urbana is being developed by Bengal NRI Complex, a joint venture between Emami, Shrachi, Sureka Group, Nahata, MKJ and JB Group in association with the West Bengal government.
Pradeep Sureka, chairman of Sureka Group, one of the co-developers told FC Estate that Urbana, which will be launched soon, would house 3BHK, 4BHK and 5BHK apartments, duplexes and penthouses covering areas ranging between 2,371 sq ft and 6,644 sq ft (for Insignia Towers) and between 5,205 sq ft and 9,235 sq ft (for Signature Towers).
“We are leaving no stone unturned to make it a new landmark in Kolkata. We have engaged the best brains available to turn it into a truly world-class township. Stephen Coates of Acta International, Singapore, is our architect, while Dubai-based Predrag Eror is our specialist structural engineer and Green Architects of Thailand is the landscape designer,” Sureka told FC Estate.
The timing of the project is expected to be an added advantage. “This is coming up at a time when the realty market seems to have turned around. Consumer sentiment is positive. Besides, Kolkata municipal corp (KMC) and Kolkata metropolitan development authority (KMDA) are jointly building new, wider access roads, which will bring the best of Kolkata closer to Urbana,” the developers added.
The proposed township will have in its neighbourhood Heritage School, Calcutta International School, Delhi Public School, Peerless Hospital, AMRI Hospital, South City Mall, and Metropolis Mall.
“These apart, pollution will not be a problem in Urbana, thanks to 20 acres of lush parkland and rolling farmlands around the township. There will be landscaped gardens, a waterfall, a kid’s park, reflective ponds, palm court and matures trees within the complex. The project has been designed in a way that every apartment gets plenty of fresh air, light and a breathtaking view,” Sureka said. “The surrounding acres of open land ensures that even north-facing windows let in cool, fresh air,” he added.
The G+40 tower at Urbana will be called Insignia, while the G+45 tower will be called Signature. Every apartment at Urbana would come with a VRF air-conditioner, which is eco-friendly and saves up to 30 per cent of the occupant’s electricity bill. Each apartment will also come with video door phones, wood flooring, four fitting toilets and modular kitchen.
The project will have earthquake resistant structures, basement parking for 2,300 cars, a seven-star lobby and 24-hour power backup.
Sureka said Urbana would also house the city’s most exclusive club with 80,000 sq ft of luxury and entertainment. To be called Club Urbana, it will have on offer a large VIP lounge, an Olympic-length infinity pool, a gym, a spa and various sports facilities.
“The prices of the apartments at Urbana are still being worked out,” Sureka said, adding: “The USP of Urbana will be that the world will look different from Kolkata’s tallest residential towers.”