TOWNLAND was appointed in 2017 (in consortium with Tata Consulting Engineers) for our second large scale Transit Oriented Development Project in Mumbai – the Detailed Master Planning and preparation of Urban Design Guidelines for the new International Financial Services Centre (50 ha) at the heart of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai’s most prestigious Central Business District. Focused around two Metro Stations and an underground High Speed Railway Station, a high density mixed use Commercial District is planned . The framework for the Master Plan is formed by a network of pedestrian oriented Public Spaces, lined with Retail, Leisure and Civic amenities, seamlessly connecting all Commercial and Residential Towers to the nodes of Public Transportation.
In a crowded, high density urban environment like Mumbai it makes sense for Public Pedestrian Streets and Plazas to be planned not only at grade, but also on publicly accessible podium decks and underpasses lined with retail, in order to create a comfortable and seamless spatial connectivity between different parts of these new developments and the adjoining neighbourhoods. This smart double use of space, which is a familiar sight in many of Hong Kong’s high density central districts, allows for the IFSC development to maximize its FSI whilst also creating enough public open space to comfortably handle the large pedestrian crowds.