SMEC Unveils Design for Bangalore Metro Blue Line’s Stations

Consulting firm SMEC has unveiled architectural concepts and designs for 18 stations on Bangalore Metro’s new 57 km Blue Line in the upcoming Phase 2A and Phase 2B project which will link Central Silk Board – KR Puram – Airport.

SMEC indicates the designs reflect Bangalore’s “Garden City” ethos while maximizing property development area for commercial opportunities.

Architectural concepts and designs, which are being delivered in BIM, maximise property development area and optimise space in the stations for commercial opportunities. The station buildings will reflect Bangalore’s “Garden City” ethos while ensuring safety, sustainability, and high performance.

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Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) had awarded SMEC with this line’s Rs. 8.30 crore Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) contract in February 2020 for a roughly 26 km section between Central Silk Board and HBR Layout.

This includes all 13 stations of Phase 2A’s ORR Line between Central Silk Board and KR Puram, and 5 stations of Phase 2B’s Airport Line between Kasturinagara and HBR Layout.

Here’s SMEC’s description of their role:

Our specialists are delivering complicated and varied design concepts, including concept to construction drawings on architecture, structure, electrical elements, plumbing and drainage, fire detection, fire-fighting services and traffic diversion plans. Our role also includes review of other elements such as alignments, temporary works and as-built drawings.

Route of Blue Line shown in Phase 2A (Green) and in Phase 2B (Yellow) – view Bangalore Metro route map & information

Here are a couple more concept design renderings showing the stations sporting a combination of a glass curtain and vertical green wall façade:

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The station entrance below suggests this is a concept for Agara Lake Station:

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The ongoing Phase 2 project’s station designs and color schemes have so far been dull and uninspiring, so it’s exciting to see this in the works even if it’s just a concept. As always, I’m expecting these designs to further evolve over time. Hopefully it’ll be for the better and the execution matches what’s proposed.

In case you missed it – Afcons & Shankaranarayana were awarded Phase 2A’s construction contracts last week and basic ground work is expected to start in Q3. The civil structure of Agara Lake Station, pictured above, will be built by Afcons.

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– TMRG

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36 Responses to "SMEC Unveils Design for Bangalore Metro Blue Line’s Stations"

  1. Khurram Qureshi says:

    Very refreshing design. Of course execution into reality will be key here as highlighted. All the best to all involved.

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  2. Sunanda says:

    👌🏼

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  3. Gaurav says:

    Is the above design for Agrahara Lake Station only or is it indicative of station design for all the other 17 stations as well? If it’s for Agrahara lake station only then would SMEC come up with station design for the rest of the stations as well?

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  4. yantraka says:

    I think Agrahara Lake Station should be corrected as Agara Lake Station

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    • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

      Actually it is Agrahara Lake only. That has been shortened 2 Agara Lake. Like how the word “Bendakaalooru” had been shortened 2 “Bengaluru” and then “Bangalore”, same way here.

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      • yantraka says:

        That is the etymology of the word Agara. Not what is used today. The word Agrahara is still used as in ‘Konena Agrahara’. So, sticking to ‘Agara’, as it is in all maps, is better to avoid confusion.

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      • Test says:

        Good lord it’s not bendakluru anymore

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    • Nihar says:

      Yes, I think that’s a typo. The station entrance in the image is correct and says “Agara Lake”.

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      • TMRG says:

        I’ve heard of both being used, but have corrected it to “Agara” as that’s what BMRCL has used in their tender documents as well.

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    • Nihar says:

      Hey TMRG, missing your Twitter posts 😉
      Do you know if renderings for other stations are publicly available? The SMEC website only seems to have renderings for Agara Lake Stn.

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      • TMRG says:

        On a little detox. Design for others are not available, but expected to be similar.

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        • Nihar says:

          Ah okay. Always a good idea! Hope you’re staying safe and well.

          Would love to see designs/street plans for Doddanekundi Station, once available. We’re trying to improve cycling and walking facilities connecting to transit stops in the area and those could be useful.

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  5. Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

    Good Design! That’s Gr8! KIU (Keep It Up) SMEC!

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  6. B B KARIAPPA says:

    The original name Agrahara sounds great.

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  7. Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

    But it is not correct ig. Justice Michael F Saldanha on 29_05_2021said that BMRCL should go Underground for Airport Namma Metro as 5000 trees are gonna be affected

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    • Starboy says:

      In your dreams🙂

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      • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

        See in Deccan Herald. There is a news with title “Don’t Axe Trees, take the Remaining Lines underground”.

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      • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

        This News is for BMRCL only.

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      • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

        This is the news:-https://www.deccanherald.com/city/don-t-axe-trees-take-metro-lines-underground-former-judge-tells-bmrcl-991335.html

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        • Starboy says:

          It’s just his opinion…it’s not gonna happen. Tenders have already been awarded.

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          • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

            Thank God

          • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

            But will KHC approve the removal of 5000 trees ? Yashwant Chawan aldo said that even after BMRCL is planting 3 saplings for axing of 1 tree, people are not respecting these plantation efforts

          • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

            Next thing is the White Topped Flyover at Hebbal. Bbmp says that 100 Crores will be spoilt if BMRCL constructs Metro over the bridge. It had spent 100 Crores 2 White Top the flyover. But let the 100 Crores go 2 gutter. BBMP knew very well that only Centre’s and Tree Axing Approvals were remaining. Still it Atrociously continued the White Topping.

          • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

            I am seriously telling. 5000 Trees are on the way. 1026 Trees BW KR Puram and Airport and 3974 Trees BW Silk Board and KR Puram. The PIL filed by Activists against Cutting Trees. HC should approve the removal of these trees. Even someone should grant 100 Crores 2 BBMP for the Compensation of White Topped Bridge.

          • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

            See the second link which I have sent. There hasn’t come any other latest news regarding these trees in the ORR line, except this one and MF Saldanha’s Stupid Opinion.

    • Manu says:

      Not a single one of these Armchair Environmentalists ever travel through Public Transportation. These sicko’s derailed Mumbai Metro altogether which was going on at brisk pace and also Bengaluru’s Ph-2 Metro construction.
      I’m not sure why the dumb Judges haven’t questioned these Armchair Enviro’s about the same!! Also wonder why our Executive isn’t planning properly to keep these Enviro’s at Bay either!!
      Overall, it’s the Public who’s a Loser!!

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  8. Karan Kukreja says:

    There have been many news articles stating that the metro phase 2A stations will not have a separate concourse level and platform level. But this design is clearly showing two separate levels.

    Any clarifications on this?

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  9. Arvind says:

    Most look like copy paste ideas. Create one idea and copy it to all other stations. Each station is no looking unique..

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    • Omesh says:

      But why tf should it look unique?
      If executed properly, by 2030 NAMMA metro is expected to have more then 150 stations!
      Do you expect all to be unique?
      Infact uniform designed stations in each line will be better, since it will also reduce designing & implementation costs.

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    • Jishnukrishna Venkat Science Jn says:

      Look closely at the Peenya 2 Nagasandra and National College 2 RV Road stretches. The stations have been built in the same design in each stretch. Peenya Station looks similar 2 Peenya Industry, Jalahalli, Dasarahalli and Nagasandra. National College looks similar 2 Lalbagh, South End Circle, Jayanagar and RV Road.

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  10. BK says:

    Hope somebody can ensure existing roads at the Metro alignment experience least disruption. Right now there is no practice of construction activity or materials staying within the fence. Construction material are stacked on the road with live traffic having to swerve to avoid them. “Housekeeping” is an alien concept in India.

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  12. PRAKASH MAGAL says:

    I don’t know why all these architects and consultants when they show concept pictures of their proposals they show westerners(white skinned) people walking around? Why not truly a Desi one? This is true for so many advertisements.

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