India to get $30m high commission

Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012

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The Indian Government is about to establish a big new presence in Wellington with the construction of a new high commission building in Thorndon.

Work on the building - estimated to cost about $30 million - is expected to start next year.

It will be built next to the new Thai embassy in Pipitea St, on a car park site bought by the Indian Government three years ago for $7.3m.

Warren and Mahoney director Ralph Roberts, who designed the complex, said approval to call tenders was expected to be received from the Indian Government in the next four months. The build would probably take about 18 months, he said.

The high commission complex, which will include 12 apartments for staff, was designed to incorporate some of the character and colour of India.

The building would have a central atrium to provide protection from the wind.

The front of the building would have metal and marble screens to soften the light and provide security and protection for the consular offices and apartments.

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