e-novation Centre, India’s first corporate hub — a state-of-the art infrastructure exclusively dedicated to R&D, training and innovation — is taking shape in the institutional area in Sector 75 of Gurugram. Being built on over 12 acres by RSP Developers, the centre is a LEED Gold-rated centre (leadership in energy and environmental design green certification for building design and construction).
The centre has nearly 75% open space with extensive green cover, as well as water recycling, waste management and renewable energy on campus, making it self-sufficient in everything required to establish a fertile environment for corporate houses, IT companies, institutions and organisations. The e-novation Centre will be offering facilities for setting up accelerators, centres of excellence, labs, IT projects, ITeS units and training centres.
‘Gurugram fast becoming preferred destination for tech companies’
“Gurugram has begun to give competition to Bengaluru as a preferred destination for R&D and tech companies. Till recently, the focus of R&D centres in India was the South — Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune. However, these cities are facing their own challenges now, while the plethora of opportunities and huge, untapped talent pool in the NCR is enabling it to become an R&D hub,” says Satya Priya Yadav, Managing Director, RSP Developers.
The BMW Group has already set up India’s largest automobile training centre in the first block of e-novation Centre. This is also one of the few BMW training centre’s globally for management, brand, sales, product, processes and technical training. It has a current capacity of approximately 14,000 training mandays/year, which is expandable in future because of the future-ready infrastructure built by RSP.
The e-novation Centre comprises six blocks, of which the first is already in use and operational, while the second and third are ready for occupancy. The centre has been planned to adapt to varied requirements — from built-to-suit office space, single floors, multiple floors, blocks, standalone buildings and residential facilities for walk-to-work. Some of the other unique features of the infrastructure are the large floor plate sizes in the blocks — 25,000, 35,000 and 60,000 sq.ft, which are currently not available for immediate occupancy in Gurugram; efficient column placing to ensure maximum utilisation of floor expanse; thoughtfully planned recreation areas to ensure that the core work units are not disturbed; Integrated Building Management System (IBMS); future-ready infrastructure built to anticipate upcoming needs and endure over time, best-in-class, in-house facility management.
“The e-novation Centre is very strategically located due to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority’s (GMDA’s) initiatives to develop the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) along the lines of Golf Course Road. The planned construction of a cloverleaf to connect the SPR with the Dwarka Expressway, providing an alternative access to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, which is currently 28 kilometres away via NH-8, will prove beneficial for the area. Also, with two underpasses and three flyovers to ease the traffic flow along the SPR, we see a surge in corporate houses moving to this area,” adds Yadav.