June, 2016

Shaan-e-Awadh set for a chic opening in Lucknow

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Credits : Mohita Tewari/TNN

Shaan-e-Awadh, an ultra-chic shopping-cum multi-functional hub, is being designed to do the city proud, with a slinky string of up market facilities, from an amphitheatre to swank multiplexes and `high street’ shopping hubs, all being offered along different floors under the same roof, according to an architectural design released recently by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA).

Spread across an elegant 13.53 acres, the hub will be fully disabled-friendly, with 30% of the peripheral lighting of the building to be powered by solar energy. The Connaught Place-Delhi-like commercial centre will come up in Gomtinagar in two years.

The ground floor of the hub will have interactive spaces and open-to-air theatre. “The ground floor is basically for welcoming creative minds, with interactive spaces for public performance and for organising exhibitions,” said an LDA official.

The upper two floors will be house retail outlets to provide a `high street’ shopping experience. Double-storeyed colonnaded passageways are to be designed to run around the perimeter of the mall, which will be dotted with large outward facing retail outlets to provide a `quality shopping experience’.

“The retail promenade would have outward-looking outlets, arranged around open-to-sky pedestrian plazas. Also, the retail units would have flexible space configurations to provide a variety of shop sizes, with high-end retail shops mixed with lifestyle retail, restaurants, and cafes,” said an LDA official. Apart from shopping, multifunctional hub would house flexible office spaces with larger floor areas for big retail outlets, and hotel accommodation for business visitors to the city.

The third floor would have six multiplexes with 120 seating capacity each, along with recreational facilities like gaming, a bowling alley, a health centre, and a fitness and food court. The commercial hub would have four water bodies with the complex.

LDA vice-chairman Satyendra Singh confirmed that the foundation work for Shaan-e-Awadh had begun and the complex would take two years to be completed.