VKU Urban: Offering People-Centric Urban Design Services For The Betterment Of The Community

Vijay Sane,  Director & Partner

Vijay Sane

Director & Partner

According to World Population Review’s latest numbers, India’s population stood at 141.7 crore by the end of 2022 and is expected to surpass China as the most populous country this year. Also, a recent report by the UN states that the Indian urban population which stood at 483 million in 2020 is expected to hit the 675 million mark by 2035. Given the massive population India is home to and the rapid urbanism happening in the country, having the necessary infrastructure is very much essential for the economic development of the country. As per estimates from the World Bank, India will have to invest at least an average of $50 billion/year for the next 15 years to successfully meet the growing urbanization needs.

Keeping all these factors in mind, the Indian government has launched a spree of infrastructure development projects and is planning to shell-out $1.4 trillion on infrastructure through ‘National Infrastructure Pipeline’in the next five years. This has created massive opportunities for urban planning & design companies to not just make a name for them selves in the industry and reap profits but also contribute to the nation’s development journey.

Among the myriad of companies operating in this market, one company that stands out strongly through its high quality offerings is VKU Urban (VKU). Headquartered in Pune and having offices in Mumbai & Dubai, VKU was established in 2015 and is part of the VK Group, which has over five decades of proven legacy. Currently, VKU is extensively working in urban planning & design vertical across India and the Middle East region. VK group’s successful completion of 50 years of legacy is a testament to its dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

“We provide innovative, unique, smart and comprehensive design solutions to AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) industry worldwide for designing of large scale real estate projects in residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, mixed-use and industrial sectors. We believe in people-centric urbanism and provide design for the betterment of the community and hence the people. With our expertise in the field, we are rapidly expanding and making a mark at the global stage”, says Vijay Sane, Director & Partner, VKU Urban.

End-to-End Service Portfolio
Well known in the industry for its ethical practices and integrity, VKU sees inclusive planning and innovative design as paramount in every service it offers. The company boasts of a wide portfolio of services that includes detailed feasibility study & project reports, architecture design, urban planning & design, landscape planning, infrastructure engineering, utility & ICT integration, BIM, tender process management, statutory approvals and project management, to name a few.

“We have state-of-the-art infrastructure through which we are able to offer solutions that are superior in every aspect for our clients’ resource management needs. We also have access to diverse sets of talent pool, which enables us to cater solutions as per every project’s requirement. Additionally, we follow a perennial workflow in our organization to cater to our clients as per their respective time zones, thus increasing the efficiency of our solutions and also strengthening our client relationship”, says Hrishikesh Kulkarni, Director & Partner, VKU Urban, explaining about the company’s USP.

Proficient Management Team
VKU’s main driving force is its two Directors, Vijay and Hrishikesh who altogether bring decades of architecture expertise
to the table. Having completed his Financial Markets & Property Investment course at FINSIA (Sydney), Vijay has worked on multiple international projects across India, Australia, Singapore, MENA & US, and specializes in design, planning and financial management areas. Prior to VKU, he has worked with international firms like Surbana International Singapore, COX Group Sydney, KPDL, SSA and GKK, where he has held managing positions and handled Key roles with utmost efficiency. One major achievement of Vijay is that he has delivered projects totaling over Three million sq. ft. in area while being associated with KPDL.

The company’s successful completion of 50 years of legacy is a testament to its dedication, hard work, & unwavering commitment to excellence

On the other hand, Hrishikesh specializes in performative architecture, energy efficient design, human comfort studies and environmental simulations. Owing to the profound industry expertise he shoulders, Hrishikesh has gained massive recognition in the industry and is also an active member of many professional architecture bodies. He is a qualified assessor in Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and has even given lectures at the London Metropolitan University. A member of CREDAI, Hrishikesh is also involved in creating awareness among the local developers and engineers pertaining to new architectural materials and techniques by arranging study tours to various countries across the globe.

Jay Bhatia, the Business Development Manager, holds a graduate degree from IDEA’s College of Architecture and a PG Diploma in Project Management from MIT World Peace University. He has nearly a decade of experience in the areas of architecture design, master planning, corporate business development, strategy management and project management.

Keeping in mind even the minutest nitty gritties involved in the real estate and architecture business, VKU ensures to adhere to all the rules, regulatory compliances and standards laid-down by the governing bodies. Prominent among them are Unified Development Control & Promotion Regulations, India Green Building Codes, Local Bylaws from the Maharashtra & Gujarat Governments, and Maharashtra Energy Development Agency regulations, to name a few. Owing to such fine practices, the company boasts of having an elite clientele which includes COX Architecture, Penta Real Estate (Czech Republic), Public Investment Fund (KSA), MCDERMOTT (Middle East), ING Properties (Malta), MCKINSEY & Company, Ernst & Young, SGS India, TRU Realty, Gujarat Housing Board, and State Bank of India.

The Way Forward
Going forward, VKU will stick to its founding principles and continue offering services centered around comfort, safety and livability, along simultaneously maintaining the sustainability factor as well. Additionally, the company plans to operate beyond traditional practices to address customers’ every expectation and develop every project to perfection, while simultaneously maintaining the cost efficiency and staying at par with the global design standards.

“We never forget our roots, and our ability equips us to address the social, physical, environmental and economic aspects of urban development in a fully integrated manner. We look forward to a unique vision of ‘Touching Lives for Better’ and mission of ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ for a better tomorrow”, concludes Vijay.