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Construction World Architect & Builder Awards 2012

Lerch Bates India Managing Director, Mr. Amit Maitra, was recently invited to be part of the jury to select the ‘Construction World Architect & Builder Awards 2012,’ an annual Award event. The jury consisted of senior people involved in the building and construction industry. This year the theme was ‘youth,’ the criteria being award recipients had to be less than 45 years of age, with a minimum industry experience of 5 years.

Construction World magazine is part of ASAPP group of publications, a 16 year old multinational B2B media information group with diverse media properties in the print, web & event spaces. Its publications are amongst the most widely read across India & the Gulf. One of its key missions is to raise benchmarks and honor excellence, the company organizes Annual Awards for the Construction & Infrastructure industry.

At the Jury meeting held in August this year, a Round Table discussion amongst Jury members on India as a Global Destination, the topic being:

‘International products and agencies are now offering their architectural and real – estate service in India. Has this eaten into the growth pie of local talent, or has it sharpened the focus on design, innovation, quality standards, economy & global competitiveness?’

Each Jury member was asked to speak for 2-3 minutes, citing their views on this topic based on the current scenario in India, this is what Amit had to say:

“We came to India in 2006 realising that the country was shifting towards constructing taller buildings in urban areas but lacked Consultants in this domain. However initially, developers and to some extent even architects did not consider vertical transportation consultants; today this thought is changing. We have also introduced three out of four Japanese players – Hitachi, Toshiba and Fujitech – to India and today maintain an arm’s length, transparent relationship with them. In terms of innovation foreign architects can only provide the design. For specific details like local codes, Indian architects score higher. Hence, once the global architect reaches the schematic stage or concept design, the local person should take over. Also quality standard has been our aim and we work with lift companies to customize products for better looking interior cabs etc. Costs do play a role but this has to be worked out on a case by case basis. Hence we are here wearing the other hat as we are a ‘foreign consultant.’ We have competitors who are local players as well. The market is huge and each can get a comfortable share of the pie.”