Saturday, January 17, 2009

Queensland specialist architecture company experiences success in India

Brisbane based specialist architecture company, HOK Sports Architecture, has recently completed a $1.78 million design project for the New Delhi

Exhibition Centre which is part of the infrastructure development for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Congratulating HOK Sports Architecture on their success today, Minister for Trade John Mickel said the company had participated in a Trade Mission to India last year and presented its capabilities at the Queensland - India Sports Infrastructure Partnership Forum held during this trade mission.

"Design work for the Delhi Exhibition Centre, to be located at Gurgaon near Delhi Airport, has now been completed under contract for DLF [Delhi Land Fund] in India," Mr Mickel said.

"Delhi's new, Queensland-designed, Exhibition Centre will encompass 30,000 square metres of exhibition space, a 12,000 seat plenary auditorium and 5,000 square metres of meeting space.

"It will also include a shopping mall, 700 hotel rooms, 100 serviced apartments and 6,000 undercover car parks. The total cost of this project is approximately USD$400 million.

"The new centre is part of the ongoing infrastructure development in New Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games - the biggest sporting event held in India since the Asian Games in 1982.

"HOK Sport Architecture is an internationally successful architectural practice, specialising in sports architecture. Now a world leader in this field, HOK has designed over 840 projects with a construction value exceeding A$15 billion across 24 countries.

"HOK Sports Architecture is one of the key companies that the Government's export agency Trade Queensland has worked with over the years to pursue sports infrastructure projects in different markets, including India, providing the company with ongoing facilitation and information on market opportunities.

"HOK Sport Architecture won the 2008 Premier of Queensland Export award for small to medium sized business in the Services category, and India is a key target market for the firm," Mr Mickel said.

The Queensland Government, through Trade Queensland, is providing ongoing assistance to Queensland exporters seeking to pursue opportunities related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games that exist in the areas of sports infrastructure, event management, security, environment management and transport infrastructure.