Mumbai, November 3: The Tata Group has moved out from its headquarters- the Bombay House as the iconic building is undergoing a major makeover. According to a report in TOI, Tata Group’s staff and offices have been moved to Fort House on the DN Road and a major part of the shifting process took place over the weekend. More than 550 people work in the building and for the convenience of shareholders and all others, a notice has been displayed at the building about the shifting of the office. Also Read - IPL Title Sponsorship: BCCI to Announce VIVO Replacement on August 18, Tata Group Frontrunners to Bag Rights
For the first time in its history, the Bombay House is being renovated fully. Reports further added the refurbishments work on the heritage property that was built in 1924 will start by the end of this year. Reports further added that the exteriors of the heritage building will not be disturbed at all. Also Read - IPL 2020: Tata Sons Emerge Top Contenders For Title Sponsorship After VIVO Exit
As per TOI report, everything has been shifted to Fort House on the DN Road while only Ratan Tata’s pets – seven strays were inside the building. The renovation project is being handled by architect and urban conservationist Brinda Somaya. “Since the new office is along the busy DN Road, these dogs will be shifted to a new place. Saheb (Ratan Tata) takes personal care of them,” a security guard was quoted by TOI. Also Read - Tata Sons Likely to Take Over Air India by End of August
The Bombay House was to undergo repairs last year but there was a tussle between Cyrus Mistry following his removal as chairman of Tata Sons. Dorabji Tata, the then chairman of Tata Group, bought the 21,285 sq ft prime plot in South Mumbai in 1921 from the Bombay Municipality for Rs 3.6 crore. The Chairman purchased this iconic plot as its office at Navsari Chambers wasn’t adequate to accommodate the growing staff.
A statement from the Tata spokesperson stated, “Bombay House is a landmark building in South Mumbai that has been a spectator to a century of Indian business milestones and the operational nerve centre for the Tata Group and many of its companies since 1924. As the group sets to celebrate its 150th anniversary, the group has decided to undertake refurbishment and renovation of Bombay House. Various Tata companies and departments based in Bombay House have relocated to Fort House this week. Somaya & Kalappa Consultants are the architects for the renovation. The new office spaces will have a modern and youthful look with well-designed common and collaborative spaces to meet the requirements of business today.”