13700 sqm. (Phase 1) 12000 sqm. (Phase 2)
Corporate Research and Development Centre, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
A laboratory cum office building for a India's third largest company in the NCR that will never become obsolete.
"A laboratory becomes obsolete the day it is built" is a much quoted phrase. The reason is that new technologies require revisions in space planning. The challenge for the office was to counter this by building redundancy within the design to cater to future changes without changing the physical peripheries of the laboratory space. Situated in Greater NOIDA within the National Capital Region, the laboratory was built to International specifications for hydrocarbon research facilities. Innovations in the way static fire fighting tanks, that are usually tucked away in the basement, are arranged create a beautiful central courtyard fountain that can never be left dry.
B.P.C.L. is a corporate R & D Centre to monitor, integrate and centralize research work being carried out in their other laboratories spread over the country. It is also designed to have a pilot plant, an engine testing laboratory, an administrative building, a guest house and a training centre in its second phase of construction as indicated in the master plan.
The concept behind the 13,000 sqm. laboratory block is to provide a system to the laboratories so that their changing needs and the demands of scientists never make the building obsolete. It has been achieved by means of a sub-terrainian service spine that emanates from the service area and ends at the administration block. In addition to this, there are provisions of sub-service blocks attached on the periphery which take care of services such as gas banks at the ground level and special plants on the upper level for specific cooling requirements of a particular block. All these get connected through the structural system so that it can reach and serve any part of the laboratory block without disturbing their working at any time. Various laboratories that have been provided presently are: a) Developmental Division b) Analytical Division c) Application Division