BUILDING A LEGACY
Commercial Design|October 2021
Sanjay Dutt, MD and CEO of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) delves into the fundamentals and principles that shapes the visions of the company
RASHMI NAICKER

How do Tata Realty’s office infrastructure and its buildings ensure its commitment to the safety of its people and the environment?

At Tata Realty, good planning, creative design thinking, strategic space management, skilled handiwork, and precise execution are the critical ingredients for a well-made commercial space to ensure great placemaking. Our design team is focused on keeping the structures versatile with the implementation of proper technology and ensuring safety. With Covid-19 pandemic wellness has taken a centre stage in building design and construction. Now, with India entering the third wave of the pandemic, the immediate focus is on ensuring the safety of people, whereas the long-term focus is on being well-prepared to deal with such situations in the future. With health and safety becoming a priority to all, employers too have to take up this responsibility towards their employees. At Tata Realty, we consider all aspects of safety and the upgradation of design features to accommodate measures that aid people during a pandemic. We have ensured a seamless “Touchless Journey” at our operational assets. Commercial buildings are now taking proactive measures to maintain health, wellness, and safety standards at workplaces and places of public gathering. We have always ensured our commitment to the safety of not only people but also the environment from the construction stage onwards. By installing mobile smog towers at all our construction sites for effective dust control, ensure safe disposing of waste through landfills etc.

Tata Realty is one of the few Indian developers to acquire the WELL Health-Safety Rating for its operational portfolio. What were the steps and processes put in place to achieve this goal?

In order to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, in the short term period, the designers came up with a viable solution of installing perspex or glass screens in the immediate aftermath of the outbreak. This will see a change in the newly designed office as designers are opting for a more viable alternative that is visually pleasing and eliminates the feeling of disconnect. However, certain trends are here to stay, for example, designers have realised that communication channels are of immense importance in the new normal. Today, our architects and designers are incorporating all the advancements in technology into commercial buildings at the drawing board stage and not as an aftermath. Newly modified offices will witness devoting specific rooms to teleconferencing screens, digital whiteboards, and more elegant cable management with additional outlets and plugs in every corner of the room and on tabletops for convenience. The pandemic has made employers revise investments in their air conditioning and filtration systems. Experts recommend investing in systems that extract stale indoor air and filter in fresh outdoor air instead of systems that recirculate the air. While the design and architecture will play a magnificent role in revolting challenges, incorporating energy-efficient lighting, investing in water and energy-efficient appliances, and switching to solar panel energy are some of the additions to be taken seriously by employers. Tata Realty is one of the few Indian developers to acquire the WELL HealthSafety Rating for our operational portfolio of commercial projects across Gurgaon, Mumbai and Chennai (Intellion Square (TRIL IT4), Mumbai, Intellion Edge, Gurgaon and Ramanujan Intellion Park, Chennai through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

As a commitment to our stakeholders, we have taken up the responsibility to implement various health and sanitization features. These include a wide array of touchless operations, creating an isolation room in the premises, sensor-based taps, hand sanitizer dispensers at various locations, thermal guns, and vehicle disinfection points among others. Going forward, we can expect such certifications for wellness and safety aspects in commercial buildings and campus/s to become the general trend in the new normal.

TECH UPDATE

The systems and softwares the company has in place to monitor the structures operations and functions: The next avenue for our industry is moving on to digital projects, which means the use of technology in delivering projects which is a fundamental shift in how a project is designed, constructed, operated, and decommissioned. While few technologies have seen good adoption, quite a few are being robustly evaluated for value deliverance. The tech interventions in this space are,

• Drone Technology facilitates surveillance, inspection, and topographical surveys.

• Cloud-enabled Collaborative Design Process, which enables multiple partners to work on the same design in real-time

• Advanced 3D models created using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to understand the impact of design changes and inform sequencing of tasks.

• Easy & Intelligent Search technology to scan across huge amounts of data from previous projects – engineering designs, inventory lists, historic costs, trends, and project plans.

• Mobile / Tablet based solutions to enable site team with easy access to designs and work instructions & ability to submit project data (e.g., health/safety audits, progress data & images)

• Augmented Reality (AR) integration of wearables with live video-feed & sound allows offsite personnel to ‘view what the worker is viewing’ – one technical specialist can provide live oversight and support to a team of onsite workers

• Exoskeletons are augmentations to the human body to provide the ability to avoid repetitive strain injuries and add additional strength and dexterity.

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