Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who wants to build Amaravati as a world-class capital, has zeroed in on two of the world’s leading architects to conceptualise the ‘government complex’ – which will be the first structure that will come up in the new capital. The architects for designing Government complex in Amaravati are Norman Foster’s Foster and partners and Hafeez Contractor. Government complex includes High Court, Assembly, Raj Bhavan etc.
Both Foster and partners and Hafeez contractor has submitted a combined bid of Rs.67 Cr for designing Government complex area in Amaravati. CRDA is in negotiations with them to cut down the bid amount. CRDA has given 3 months time to get the final designs ready.
Some of the world’s finest landmarks have been designed by these leading architects. And Naidu is reportedly keen to utilise their services for the grand government complex that will be the seat of power. Foster and partners will work along with Hafeez contractor and will conceptualise and design the mega structure.
“The building will come up in the proposed Government Core area of the seed capital. The state government is keen to complete the complex by 2018. The 42-floor complex will have 1.32 crore sq feet of built-up space,” said a senior official privy to the development.
Norman Foster has won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is regarded as the Nobel Prize of architecture. He has designed and built the new German Parliament, the Hearst Tower in New York City, City Hall and Millennium Bridge in London and is regarded by many as the greatest living architect.
Hafeez contractor was awarded Padma Bhushan in January 2016 by Government of India. He has designed The Imperial I and II, the tallest buildings in India. Other works included DLF Cybercity Gurgoan, Moosie river redevelopment Hyderabad and Westside waterfront Mumbai.