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Grocon forges ahead with World One tower in Mumbai

Construction company pioneers new construction methods in India

World One is a residential tower under construction in Upper Worli, Mumbai on a 17.5 acre site.
World One is a residential tower under construction in Upper Worli, Mumbai on a 17.5 acre site.

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Australian Construction company Grocon, which has worked on such landmark projects as the Burj Khalifa and Princess Tower, is forging ahead with World One in Mumbai.

The company's international chief executive Jeremy Lester said the buiding is setting new standards in the city's construction industry.

“It is 117 floors, in a city which is pretty much a 15-to-20 floor city," he said. "World One really is a true combination of international thinking, so you have got Pei Cobb as the architect, Lair is the structural engineer, you have Buro Happold, and you have got Grocon advising.

"Developer Lodha is really forward thinking in terms of its aspirations. We are advising on construction methodology, we have done site logistics, because you can imagine in Mumbai that is a huge issue, just getting the materials together on-site quick enough to be able to work.

"We have got our jumpform systems both on World One and its sister tower World Crest. It is a big site; nevertheless access through Mumbai is really very challenging."

In terms of the difference between the construction industry in the UAE and in India, Lester says: “At the end of the day, you are working with the same labour force that is working here. It may be less experienced; it is slightly more transient.

"First of all our cycle times are like nothing they have seen in India. It does not sound fast for here, but we are working a six- to seven-day cycle time in a market that is running typically at 14 to 18 days, so that is a huge saving.

“And the industry is beginning to comment on the quality, speed and efficiency of the workmanship, the safety and the organisation of the site, and I think what we are contributing to is creating a new standard for good execution in India."

“There are increasingly more developers like Lodha who want to create new standard of excellence in the Indian market. And there are some great companies: Shapoorji Pallonji, Omkar and are great organisations, and some of them like Larson & Toubro are working here [in the GCC].

World One is a residential tower under construction in Upper Worli, Mumbai on a 17.5 acre site. The estimated project cost is $362m, with completion scheduled for 2014.

It will be the world’s tallest residential tower once completed, beating the current record holder, Princess Tower in Dubai Marina, a project that Grocon has worked on as well.

Read the full interview with Jeremy Lester in Construction Week magazine.

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