Historic Writer’s' Building getting ready for face lift

Kolkata, Dec 22: The restoration of the iconic Writers' Building, seat of Bengal administration since Independence, has gone a step ahead with the submission of two parts of the four-part final report by an expert committee to the state PWD department.

The expert committee, assigned to carry out the renovation of the 237-year-old British-built building, is composed of members of the Jadavpur University's architecture, civil, metallurgy and some other departments.

Writers' Building

"I have submitted the first and second part of the four-phase final report to the PWD Department recently," Prof Madhumita Ray, Head of the Architecture Department, Jadavpur University, told PTI.

She said that the remaining two parts along with proposals would be placed before the government soon. With the completion of the project, Writers' Buildings would be transformed into a modern state secretariat, but at the same time retaining its heritage status, fit to last for at least a few centuries, Ray said.

She said that the committee intended to complete the project within two-and-a-half years and the estimated expenses would be chalked out soon.

Going into the details, Ray said that the committee recommended demolition of additional floors which have come up on the third floor of the main block and five other blocks starting from Block-I to Block-V, besides Block-A to Block-D.

"The heritage structure is getting stressed because of these additional constructions, especially non-heritage ones. A part of the plan is to demolish post-Independence era structures that have cramped up the interiors and obstructed ventilation," she said.

She said that the part-three report would focus on the setting up of a cafe, swimming pool, gardens and library inside the building, while the part-four report would deal with the use of energy conservation technologies.

Besides rooting for energy-efficient technologies like water harvesting and solar panels, the building will have ample light and air - markers of a green building, Ray says.

Experts from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and those of the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST) are also lending a hand with suggestions.


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