Populous to design convention centre in India

30 April 2012 (Last Updated April 30th, 2012 18:30)

Sports architecture practice Populous has been selected to design a Rs2.5bn ($47.59m) convention centre in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Sports architecture practice Populous has been selected to design a Rs2.5bn ($47.59m) convention centre in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

The centre, which will be built on 35 acres of land adjacent to Bangalore International Airport in Devanahalli, will include a large-scale tiered seating plenary hall, a number of small conference halls, food courts and an exhibition centre.

Populous senior principal and project director Andrew James said the scale of the plenary hall will make the convention centre unique in India.

"The plenary hall will have the capacity to hold up to 6,000 patrons, making it capable of staging major events, as well as supporting surrounding businesses," James said.

Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructure Development (KSIIDC), which owns the land, is the agency executing the plan.

The project, which is expected to start by the end of 2012, will be managed from Populous’ Asian headquarters in Queensland, Australia, and its Indian offices.

Populous Associate and project architect on the centre Puneet Khunger said: "The design will be fast tracked and should be completed within the next six months."

Additionally, KSIIDC will develop Aero City across 400 acres of land near the airport, which will feature buildings with facilities and social infrastructure to offer space for high-tech and knowledge-based industries.