Westbird’s office tower in central Mumbai has received a major upgrade, with a new roof, facades and a new entrance on the ground floor.
The hotel’s iconic glass façade was replaced with a glass facade on the third floor.
The office building has been undergoing a facelifting programme, said Rajesh Khullar, Westbird general manager.
“The new facelifted floors have a more modern design, a new glass facade, which is going to be much more durable, which will make the building much more attractive to international visitors,” he said.
Westbird, which has offices in the Udaipur and New Delhi parts of the city, was awarded the top-rating by hotel industry body Hotel & Spa Association of India (HSAI) for its quality and cleanliness.
“It has a lot of potential.
It is a good example of how the industry can take its own initiative and come up with new projects,” said Vishnu Singh, president, HSAI.
The Westbird tower is a brand new project.
Its architect, Anurag Shah, is also one of the founders of the new Bhopal-based building consultancy, Airtel.
The company has been in the business of building and managing offices for the past two decades.
“We have been looking for an office building that has been renovated and that is also well-designed, modern and looks like an office space,” said Shah.
The new facade of Westbird, the world-renowned hotel in Mumbai, was first unveiled in 2016.
It was one of West Bird’s flagship projects, with the company opening the tower in 2008, and it has since become one of India’s top hotels.
The project was designed by Kalyan Jadhav, who is known for his work on the iconic West Point Hotel in New York.
It also received the prestigious Gold Medal of Excellence in the Architecture category of the Indian Architecture Congress in 2016, and the International Architect of the Year Award in the category of Contemporary Architecture in the 2016 World Architecture Congress.
The hotel’s first floors, which have been remodelled, will also be fitted with LED lighting.
West Bird has also developed an automated control system that monitors the building and will allow for more efficient maintenance, said Khullary.
In the next few months, West Bird will also upgrade the existing office building’s basement and the upper floors, he added.