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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:32 AM   #1
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KARACHI | GoldCrest Executive | 39 Storey | Cancelled

Found this on Sunday 22nd Newspapers, it has number of stories conflict 39 vs 29 though

Giga Group to build 29-storey 'Goldcrest Executive' tower
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KARACHI (June 22 2008): The 'Giga Group' has announced the pre-launch of 39-storey commercial tower project 'Goldcrest Executive' at Karachi, at a cost of Rs 8 billion, set to be one of the hottest real estate projects for corporate and commercial buyers.

Talking about the salient features of the project at a briefing held at the project site on Saturday, Muhammad Ali Qureshi, CEO, Giga Group, said that the project was first and only 39-storey commercial tower of its kind in Pakistan's financial capital, Karachi.

He said that project would be constructed on 27,000 square feet plot and would comprise of three shopping floors, with the world-class amenities such as helipad, indoor car parking for 1971 cars, 26-floor commercial office space, high speed elevators, round-the-clock CCTV, centralised air-conditioning, roof top restaurant, swimming pools, etc.

He told the gathering, "This is the only commercial tower project on the shores of Arabian Sea that would offer highest standards of innovative and distinctive real estate development. I assure you all that Goldcrest Executive will evolve a new way of doing business and will unfold a new lifestyle."

Highlighting the achievements of the Giga Group in Pakistan, he said that it has decided to lead real estate development in Pakistan, and proved it through a number of landmark projects at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. He said: "We have a clear vision and a fair mission, which would ensure a bright future for all of our stakeholders and customers through the construction of even more innovative projects." A large number of people belonging to almost all walks of life attended the ceremony.

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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:40 AM   #2
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Where is this project going to be?
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 06:51 PM   #3
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Here you go:

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Old June 23rd, 2008, 07:12 PM   #4
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is it 29 storey or 39?
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:39 PM   #5
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Just went and got the brochures today. Here are the details:

- Total 39 floors + helipad on 40th
- 2 basement car parks, 398 cars parking
- ground + 1st + 2nd shopping mall
- play area, bowling alley, food court, etc on 3rd floor
- 7 floor car parking podium, 1393 cars parking area
- Podium roof: Bar-be-que restaurant, two swimming pools, ladies/gents gyms, health club and spa
- 26 floors of office space above podium.
- Central A/C, CCTV, Stand by generators.
- 14 passenger elevators, 4 capsule lifts in mall, 4 cargo elevators, 4 escalators in mall.

Actual launch is on the 29th.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:42 PM   #6
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What's the EXACT location?
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:47 PM   #7
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My review:

- Very unimaginative, overdesigned architecture typical of arab styles
- in my view bad layout. Floor plans are not efficient, parking floors look like a maze
- taller claims than maybe how the actual project will be
- This building will consume NOTORIOUS amounts of energy. There seems to be no energy efficiency requirements built in. Only pro-environment thing I see is the office block layout maximizes natural lighting in the daytime. Otherwise it is centrally airconditioned, so will consume enormous amount of energy for its size. Maybe it should be required to have wind turbines for electricity generation on its top level.

Well in the end, everybody has their own tastes, however this building just doesnt cut it for me.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 08:51 PM   #8
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There's a lot of confusion about this project in the press. There is a 39 storey Gold Crest Executive building in Dubai which is being constructed by the Giga group. So why did they decide to name this one in Karachi the same as the one in Dubai? Sounds stupid.

Renders of the two look different though.

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Old June 23rd, 2008, 09:31 PM   #9
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It would have been more sleek if it did not have the podium, i mean the design should have been the same from top to bottom. Office floors have a nice design.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 10:38 PM   #10
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Yes u are right. Is it being built in clifton area somewhere near Dolmen?


Once it gets built I m sure it will be nice.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 10:43 PM   #11
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it's not a decent design... they are going way too casual, aren't they?
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Old June 24th, 2008, 12:12 AM   #12
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Giga get their designs made by local architects, thats why the building looks so cheesy. I don't know who designed this but the architects for their Islamabad project were unknown locals.

I think that quality wise Giga's projects are halfway between a local builder and the international quality of Emaar, or even Enshaa.

By the way, its still unclear where exactly this project will be located. Could someone please clarify this?
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Old June 24th, 2008, 10:26 AM   #13
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As far as I remember this is being built somewhere away from the main downtown, now this might be near Dolmen City, or maybe towards the Karachi Port (Port Tower or even Mai Kolachi).

If you look at the signboard again it says "Karachi Waterfront" so might be somewhere near Dolmen City.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 02:55 PM   #14
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looks like a good building.... will be a good addition to karachi...
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Old June 25th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #15
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The building will be located caddy corner from Dolmen City (diagonally across the roundabout in front of it). On the corner of sea promenade and the road that goes up to Russian Counsulate/Abdullah Shah Ghazi.

Also, all new construction buildings these days are required by the KBCA to provide parking for all traffic they may attract. Hence the podium/basement car parkings you see in all new projects. This is actually a very good thing because Karachi has a massive parking/traffic problem. However these car parks could be designed in a better way.

Karachiite is right... giga's buildings are halfway between local maal and foren developments. But their building designs are usually even cheesier than the local mall. I ve see some good local designs too! Maybe giga doesnt go for professional reputable architects or places WAYYYY too much emphasis on over-decorated glamour.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 02:53 AM   #16
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Why 39 floor? Why not 40? Am i the only one being bugged by that?
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Old June 26th, 2008, 03:27 AM   #17
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It is actually 40 floors tall if you count the helipad.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 03:36 AM   #18
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It is actually 40 floors tall if you count the helipad.
Phew.

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Old June 27th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #19
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Old June 27th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #20
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Yeahhh this one looks great. thanks Red aRRow
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