Tips for Commercial Property Development in Tier 2&3 Indian Cities

India is a land of opportunities for commercial property developments. Yet there is a greater risk if your background work and financial projections are not right. The political scenarios are changing and new rules, regulations come into implementation every year or two. Making right decisions at the right time is very important to have a chain of developments and sustain growth. The buildings which are not planned or worked out thoroughly, tend to get obsolete in no time, later additions and changes comes with a cost. While new and trendy buildings come up every year, a well thought out planning is crucial than making hasty decisions and constructions. Hence, as a developer your motto has to be always about what unique features you can offer in your property, rather than trying to copy the existing pattern.

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A Bespoke School Design

The education industry is evolving like it never happened in history. The coming years are going to witness a tremendous transition in the methods of teaching and learning. Did the schools function without a classroom during the pandemic? If the answer is yes, that indicates a call or an urgency to evolve the traditional methods of learning. We are in the era of a paradigm shift from the memory based learning to an inquiry based learning. And what requires is not only smart classes and IT interventions, yet the spaces also need to be remodeled to suit the ease of new learning.

Hence the learning spaces we create should be tailor made to serve the following purposes:

  • To imbibe confidence in each and every student
  • Encouraging collaboration and team work,
  • Encouraging them to be take risks

While designing a house we ask the family how you want your home to be, but while designing a school, do we ask our children? Is it even important to ask the question to the younger generation and the generation yet to come? How do they want their schools to be like? The conventional concepts of a U, E, H, I or L shaped building is soon turning out to be a misconception. The shape of the building should evolve from them site constraints and the philosophy of the school. Hence there should be no preconceived notions or beliefs regarding the shape of the building. It must be a smart and thinking, to create an impression in the user in a cost effective manner. The architect has to make sure that the building design is capable to convey the values of the organisation through his design approaches without incurring any extra cost of cladding or flashy materials.

Here are few points that we think might help in developing a bespoke design for your school:

  1. A Theme or Concept For The Campus

Every successful school has some core ideologies and this vision and mission needs to be translated into the campus and built form through innovative design approaches. Also the design needs to respond to the potentials and constraints of the site and its context and user groups. The open spaces as well as the built spaces need to be arranged, keeping a strong ideology that leads to innovative solutions for deriving spaces. Hierarchy of open spaces can be created based on the core concept ideas. For example, large open courts which sequentially connect to smaller internal courts and green spaces to give more personalized open spaces for out of classroom learnings. Read More

6 Points to Optimise Area/ Cost Of A School Building

How to efficiently plan a school to make it cost effective?

The initial work of cost optimization of a building lies with the architect who design the building or campus. Value engineering starts with the choice of a good architect and careful attention to be given to preliminary design scheme as well as the detailed design scheme with material specification. As this is the stage of brand building or character building for your school. Making or constructing a new educational campus is rather an easier task while preparing a vision or growth plan for the organization is something everybody tends to neglect at the initial stages. While, this neglect can pose multiple challenges and extra costs in the later years of growth. The financial gains you receive from a good architect who can plan with a vision is much greater than you can count.

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How to Select An Ideal Land For A School ?

  1. Minimum Area Requirement

As per the Indian Standards you can start a school in India if you have 2 acres of land parcel. The land requirement can change depending on where the land is located: urban or rural. Below is the minimum land requirement prescribed by CBSE. The same is available to download on the website of CBSE. www.cbse.nic

The land ownership must be under the name of the school or a trust/ society/company or else it should be leased for a minimum of 30 years to the trust by a governmental agency. Read More

A Planning Guide For Developing An Ideal School In India

As per the Census data, India has the largest proportion of population in the younger age groups in the world. 35.3% of the population of the country is in the age group 0-14 years at the Census 2001while 41% of the population account for less than 18 years of age. Educating all of them, needs huge infrastructure and facilities for the brighter future of the country. Hence every city, every village is to make sure that there are enough number of schools that provide quality education to their children.

Establishing schools, equally in urban and rural areas has always been a challenging and priority task for all the governments. But still we can’t say with 100 percent surety that all the children of India are getting access to a good education. With the new education policy, the sector is to witness a drastic change in terms of quality education and physical infrastructure to support the creative and multi-disciplinary learning from early ages.

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The Inverted Pyramids Of India

Reinventing a new purpose for the forgotten stepwells of India (well what else!)

Step wells are subterranean buildings that were constructed for the purpose of collecting and storing water. Such wells with marvelous architecture and engineering skills are found in the arid states of northern India majorly in the states of Gujrat and Rajasthan. An efficient water management system was the key to the advancement of any ancient civilization, be it Indus Valley (great bath) or Ancient Romans(aqueducts). The steps enabled access to water all around the year though the water level keeps fluctuating. Read More

Exploring the Untapped Potential of Indian Heritage Architecture

Is maintaining and beautifying the heritage with a government fund the right solution for a country like India or should we explore the commercial usability of these magnificent structures? The heritage can withstand the wear and tear of time only if it can be well maintained at their own income. It is high time to think if we have explored enough into the possibilities of using the potentials of these heritage to generate an income to sustain these structures and our cities. A strategically devised economic tool can bring in a bit fresh air to the unattended heritage structures all over the country.

We have heard a lot on Culture and Heritage Tourism, and we run after the European cities to explore the art and architecture of the cities. While every Indian city has a story to tell, nobody listens to the same. Culture and Heritage Tourism (Silberberg 1995) was promoted as an economic development tool to give a push for the growth of their old and deteriorated cities. It is defined as, visits by people from outside the host community to experience the culture and heritage in some way. But before adapting this as a standard model for the Indian cities, considering the geographical and cultural diversity of the country, we might need to devise specific strategies for sustaining the Heritage. Hence, preparing unique and innovative strategies for preserving the built heritage of India is crucial. Read More