The ground has been broken on what will be one of the biggest construction project to date in Hyderabad, India, developed by the Lanco Group.
Aiming to become the become the most investor friendly city in southern India the project will see the rise of an IT based Central Business District made up of no less than 30 towers all at least 30 storeys high, two hotels one 5 star and one 4 star and what will probably be the largest shopping mall in India covering a humongous area of 2.5 million square feet.
As impressive as the shopping mall will be, the crowning glory of the project is the 90 storey super-tall, an elegant, sheer triangle made of glass and steel called Lanco Hills Signature Tower designed by an as yet unnamed Mumbai based firm.
Still in at an early design stage the tower could well change in appearance from the current spire-like look it has but despite any revisions the project has already been granted clearance for construction and will retain its height and be India's second super-tall, a classification for towers over 1,000 feet or 300 metres tall.
In keeping with the walk to work trend of present the tower will be a mixture of residential and office spaces. In addition to the mall other amenities for workers and residents will include a club house comprising of a world class spa and gymnasium, multi national cuisine restaurants, a children's library and an Olympic sized swimming pool.
The recreation zone will include an ice skating rink, a 12 lane bowling alley, themed restaurants and a sixteen screened multiplex cinema grand enough to host any Bollywood premiere. All in all there will be 7.5 million square feet of office space and 8 million square feet of residential space, not including the mall or restaurant complexes.
With so much planned by a single developer its not hard to see why Hyderabad may well soon be rating highly in the ranks of skyscraper cities and with so much effort being put into the comfort of residents and workers alike it shouldn't be long before spaces are sold out to India's burgeoning middle classes.