Gujarat’s Gandhinagar Railway Station is being redeveloped by Indian Railway Stations Redevelopment Corporation (IRSDC).
IRSDC is at the core of Indian Railway’s mission of transforming the country’s railway stations into world-class 24 hour travel hubs and is the nodal agency and the main Project Development Agency (PDA) for the redevelopment of railway stations.
The hotel building on live running tracks will be operated by The Leela Group.
A world-class railway station with 300+ five-star category rooms in the airspace over the station area was envisioned. To transform the concept into reality, a Joint Venture SPV namely Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development (GARUD) company was formed with equity contribution of the Government of Gujarat (GoG) and IRSDC in the ratio of 74:26 respectively.
Vibration and acoustics studies were done through reputed international consultant to ensure that passengers in concourse and guests in the hotel do not experience discomfort during the passage of trains.
An elevated bridge of 937 m length has been constructed to reach the hotel at 22 m from ground level.
The hotel column layout is different from column layout on platforms.
Therefore, all hotel columns were terminated at deck level and the complete load of the hotel superstructure above deck level passes through transfer girders [7.5 m deep, equivalent to 2 story-building]. The transfer girder of 7.5 m depth had been provided with ISMB section girders in three layers inside the beam due to excessive shear loading.
Other features of the project:
- Environment-Friendly and Energy Efficient: Certified GEM 5 sustainability standards Green Certification from ASSOCHAM. Aspiring for USGBC Green Building Certification with platinum rating.
- Intelligent Building Management System (IBMS) controlled MEPF system at hotel and station to regulate all electrical / HVAC systems and record essential data for evaluation of performance for green rating.
- The artwork on the station façade and inside the station building at entrance lobby depicts the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state.