LEGACY 
 

OVERVIEW

Express Towers was built in the year 1972, and it was planned and constructed with a vision to be the most modern building of its kind in the country. Express Towers has over four decades provided a unique business edge to international and domestic corporates. For years, it has defined Nariman Point's identity as a premier commercial business district in Mumbai. Yet, more than anything else, it is an icon of Mumbai's skyline.

This iconic building was the brain child of the visionary Late Sri Ramnath Goenka, the founder of the Express Group. Express Towers was designed by the legendary architect Joseph Allen Stein. The famous Express Towers motif was created by well-known designer, the Late Ms. Nelly Sethna. This design has been incorporated in many ways in the building and pays homage to her vision.

One of the most iconic skyscrapers on the Mumbai skyline for over four decades, Express Towers is a much sought-after commercial property in Mumbai’s Central Business District (CBD). And now, Express Towers is gearing up for an all new beginning! Pune based Panchshil Realty and global PE major Blackstone, another long time patron, acquired Express Towers in 2014, and will now be the new guardians of this landmark and its legacy.

Panchshil promises to take the heritage and asset value of Express Towers to newer heights. However, what remains unchanged is the commitment to serve our customers.








 

LEGACY

The Express Towers brand of excellence has always provided a unique business edge on the international and domestic corporate stage. Upon completion in 1972, the 105 metres tall Express Towers became the tallest building in South Asia then, ending the 9 years long reign of the 101 metres tall Habib Bank Plaza in Karachi. Today, Express Towers is the preferred premium destination for leading MNCs and Indian corporate houses, especially financial and knowledge-led businesses that work out of Mumbai, one of Asia’s leading financial capitals.


ARCHITECTURE

The home of the Indian Express, every aspect of the building was planned and executed on a scale exemplifying modernity combined with ecological consciousness. It was the determined effort of Late Sri Ramnath Goenka, founder of the Express Group, which built Express Towers, to develop the first skyscraper on reclaimed land at Nariman Point.

Due to Stein’s vision and skills, the sublime layout assures tenants the best-in-class amenities. Today, Express Towers continues to define the finest environs of business in Mumbai – a refined superiority that is craved by all but achieved by the best.

Joseph Allen Stein’s designs and work encapsulate his philosophy – urban needs balanced with natural features. This permitted the construction of an edifice characterised by graceful proportions in confluence with nature’s elements. In his own words, Stein wanted to raise “an example of international urban environment at an office and institutional level that demonstrates the form and means to restore ordinary urban life with orderliness…”

In design and execution, Express Towers has followed the philosophy of Vaastu Shastra. With its prime location and contemporary services, Express Towers offers an unparalleled experience. It brings comprehensive capabilities across the corporate sector and is home to some of the most successful companies in the world.

The current transformation of the building has been undertaken in line with the architectural form and aesthetics, without disturbing the original vision of the legendary architect. Today, Joseph Allen Stein’s philosophy lives on at Express Towers.



WALL MURAL BY NELLY SETHNA

Nelly Sethna (1932-1992) was one of the most reputed designers of her time. Trained in textile designing and printing, she was an alumna of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA, the same institution where the architect of Express Towers, Joseph Allen Stein, completed his degree in architecture.

Amongst other works by her, Nelly has to her credit the iconic wall mural that stands tall in the Express Towers ground floor lobby.

Nelly’s body of work comprises of murals, wall hangings, floor coverings, interior fabrics and other weaves for US embassies and consulates in India and abroad, the India International Centre and Ford Foundation buildings in New Delhi, and various museums, corporate offices, boardrooms and homes across India. She also designed the pattern for the wall panels of Air India’s new Boeing 747 aircraft and the then Indian Airlines’ new Boeing 737 aircraft.


HERITAGE WALL MURAL BY NELLY SETHNA
HERITAGE WALL MURAL BY NELLY SETHNA

 

OWNERSHIP




Established in 2002, Panchshil Realty is one of India's finest luxury real estate developers. Renowned for its leadership and excellence in real estate development, Panchshil has successfully delivered over 14.5 million sq. ft. of prime real estate. With 20 million sq. ft. under development across multi-asset classes, Panchshil is changing Pune's skyline.

Panchshil's portfolio spans across high-end residential developments, IT parks, built-to-suit office spaces, special economic zones (SEZ), hotels, convention centres and luxury retail malls. The company’s developments comprise of some key landmarks of tomorrow's Pune, such as EON Free Zone in Kharadi - a 4.5 million sq. ft. IT & IT-eS SEZ spread over 45 acres, the International Convention Centre - South Asia's largest trade and convention centre, World Trade Center Pune, and an award-winning built-to-suit office campus for Cummins India amongst others. With global partners like YOO, The Trump Organization, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Oakwood and World Trade Centers Association amongst others, Panchshil has played a significant role in putting Pune on the world map and added to its growing global identity.

Panchshil's 360° approach covers everything from planning, construction, architectural, and design services to infrastructure development and also providing automatiFron and facility management services. A recipient of multiple awards in luxury homes and office property development, Panchshil is synonymous with premium finish, intelligent floor layouts, innovative solutions, high-quality execution, and after-sales maintenance.

Panchshil now brings its global vision to Mumbai with the acquisition of the iconic Express Towers, Nariman Point, Mumbai. Office space development and management is Panchshil's core strength, with its corporate real-estate(CRE) portfolio alone being over 11 million sq. ft., catering to Fortune 500 companies and several industry leaders across sectors.

With the express aim to continue the tradition here, Panchshil promises to take the heritage and asset value of Express Towers to newer heights.

www.panchshil.com



 

CURRENT OCCUPANTS



 

TESTIMONIALS

Express Towers was constructed almost four decades ago, to fulfil the need for a world-class business environment and offer exemplary tenant facilities. Some of the biggest multinational business enterprises have their offices at Express Towers, and this is what they have to say about us:

R. Balakrishnan (Balki)
Chairman & Chief Creative Officer
Lowe Lintas

I have been working at Express Towers for last 12 years. It is a pleasure to come to the building everyday. It is wonderfully maintained with renovations done well ahead of time. Efficient security combined with an extremely courteous team makes Express Towers a true example of how a professional, prime business address can be a warm, friendly place to come to everyday. Thank you for our office.

Akash Bhanshali
Director
Enam Securities Pvt. Ltd.

Express Towers building management has truly upgraded and transformed Express Towers to make it the most aspired office address in Nariman Point.

B. C Arya
Chairman
JBF Industries Ltd.

It’s been a pleasure to see Express Towers new team come in and make the various changes to the building. The upgradations of the various facilities have enhanced the outlook of Express Towers. Express Towers Building Management team has done a great job in making this building one of the most sought after properties in Nariman Point.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated on the picturesque Marine Drive at Nariman Point, Express Towers is strategically located in the commercial hub of the city, and is widely regarded as the most iconic structure on the Mumbai skyline.

With state-of-the-art amenities, coupled with its eco-friendly surroundings, colonial architecture and a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea, Express Towers has always been the chosen office destination of the most elite corporate houses - both Indian and multinational. Its prime location makes Express Towers highly accessible through Mumbai's public transport network.

Express Towers is also surrounded by a variety of useful amenities and facilities such as consulates, public halls, restaurants, shopping centres, theatres and movie halls, public parking spaces, and a host of emergency services.


CONSULATES AROUND EXPRESS TOWERS

FLAG COUNTRY BUILDING
Consulate General of Switzerland Maker Towers IV
Consulate General of The Federal Republic of Germany Hoechst House
Consulate General of The People's Republic of China Hoechst House
Consulate General of The Sultanate of Oman Maker Chambers IV
Consulate of Austria Maker Chambers VI
Consulate of Qatar Bajaj Bhavan
Consulate of Romania Maker Chambers V
Consulate of Singapore Maker Chambers IV
Consulate of The Republic of Mauritius Mittal Court - C Wing
Consulate of Spain Maker Chambers IV

AUDITORIUMS


Ashoka Hall 91 - 22 - 2283 2055 / 4002 3055
Status Senate 91 - 22 - 2204 0345 / 2284 8035
Kamalnayan Bajaj Hall 91 - 22 - 2202 3626
Chamber of Commerce 91 - 22 - 2282 1413

PARKING FACILITIES


Pay and park facilities are available at the following places:


PLACE NO. OF CARS
Oberoi 100
LIC & Mantralaya 400
NCPA & Fire Brigade 150
INOX 700

RESTAURANTS




SHOPPING

Trident & Oberoi
Sir Dorab Tata Road, Nariman Point. Availability of in-hotel shopping arcades

Cr2 Mall
A/240, Barrister Rajni Patel Road, Nariman Point,
Mumbai: 400021


THEATRES

INOX
Nariman Point

NCPA
NCPA Marg, Nariman Point

Y. B. Chavan
General Jangannath Bhosle Road, Nariman Point, Opp. Mantralaya, Mumbai - 400021


EMERGENCY SERVICES


Topsline Emergency Services: +91 - 22 - 4341 4126
In-house Fire fighting team: +91 - 22 - 4341 4127
Quick Reaction Team: +91 - 22 - 43414115
Police - South Region Control Room: +91 - 22 - 2308 9857 / 2308 9855 / 2307 0505
Fire Station - V. V. Rao Marg: +91 - 22 - 4002 1976 / 77

HOSPITALS

Bombay Hospital: +91 - 22 - 2206 7676
Lady Ratan Tata Hospital: +91 - 22 - 2204 7823
Shirodkar Hospital: +91 - 22 - 2512 4455
Spectrum Healthcare: +91 - 22 - 2284 4930
Abhishek Day Care Institute MRC: +91 - 22 - 2202 2288
 

LOCATION

A high-performance building with panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and South Mumbai, Express Towers is easily accessible by the city's public transportation network.


DISTANCE CHART

Sahar International Airport
(Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport)
: 23 kms
   
Santa Cruz Domestic Airport
(Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport)
: 21 kms
   
Bandra Kurla Complex : 21.5 kms
   
Navi Mumbai : 38.6 kms