AISAT Civil Engineering association organized an interactive session titled “Meet your elders in profession”. The first of this series was conducted at Seminar Hall, AISAT on 14-08-2013.
Er.Babu Varghese, Project Director, Lulu Group of companies handled the session. He started the session by giving a brief introduction to the India’s largest mall. The Lulu mall is designed by the Atkins which is a Multi-National Company. The design of the same was a challenging task, because of the space constraints and the soil conditions of the Kerala.Shapoorji and Pallonji the contractors of Lulu mall also had same experience. The lulu mall spreads over 20 acres of land in Edapally.The site is a low lying area, facing problems for storm water disposal. He disclosed that there were loading, un-loading issues from local trade unions and the presence of crack mafia.The lulu mall was initially designed with Fe415 steel but later due to its unavailability the structure was redesigned for Fe500 steel. Lulu mall is now facing problems in vehicle parking area, which is proposed to be rectified by a multilayer car parking facility.Er.Babu also revealed the expansion plans of lulu malls in Kozhikode and Trivandrum. Bolgatty convention centre which is the next major project of lulu group in Kochi is in a planning stage.The interactive session helped the audience to clear their doubts about the various facilities of lulu mall and their impacts.