Inside the sack coverings on Cement House, one of Mumbai old corporate buildings, a quiet revolution is taking shape. This month end when the sacks will be uncovered, India will have its first renovated green building, may be India’s finest New Age corporate office.
Cement maker ACC has spent over Rs 30 crore for the renovation of this building of 1936 vintage which was used as Britain’s Royal Air Force command base during the two World Wars.
The building that accommodates 300 employees has been in the works for 18 months, and it now sports 30 per cent more space, thanks to meticulous planning. But the outside looks the same.
ACC, once a Tata group company and now controlled by Swiss cement major Holcim has overhauled the cramped office in an unobtrusive way.
“We are almost through with the transformation. It was carried out without disturbing daily functioning of the office.
In the new set-up we will save electricity bills by 25 per cent and water consumption by 50 per cent. We will recover the cost in five to six years.” said T S Sapra, administration head at ACC.
Designed by architect Nitin Parulekar & Associates, the “open office” has workstations and cubicles that allow natural light, and even the managing director’s office is open. The intelligent building has sensors that adjust the lighting and air-conditioning levels.
The six-storey building has a central service core which is used to house heating ventilation, air conditioners and plumbing lines. It now opens into a sky-lit atrium.