Work on the second phase of SmartCity Kochi is expected to kickstart in June. This will coincide with the inauguration of the LEED Platinum-certified SCK01—the first building in Phase 1.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the board of directors of SmartCity Kochi held in Dubai in March. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had also attended the meeting. The directors reasserted the timeline of June for the inauguration of the LEED first building.
With the completion of the second phase, 65 percent of the entire project would be completed.
The CM said that the Dubai Emir and UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum would be invited for the inauguration.
SCK has already approached internationally renowned project management consultants (PMCs) to ensure that the second building would be as or even more cutting-edge and trendsetting as the first. Proposals from the PMCs are under scrutiny, and architects and building specifications are expected to be finalised within the next few weeks.
Over 50 percent of the space in the first building has already been confirmed for occupancy by major IT companies, and the first building is expected to generate close to 5,000 jobs.
The first building in the SCK campus, with 1 lakh sq ft on a single floor plate, has been designed as a ‘lifestyle-at-work’ project. It offers terrace gardening, large plazas, social spaces, supporting amenities, food court, banks, ATMs, and much more.
Source: The Hindu