Telenor is Building a New HQ in Islamabad that will Cost Them $70 Million


It’s wide knowledge that Telenor has one of the best work cultures in Pakistan. New graduates don’t typically think of work culture as a major consideration when choosing offers but it become a bigger factor than money as time passes.
Telenor’s current facilities are no slouch either but the company has decided to up the ante with an all new state-of-the-art building that is going to cost them more than 70 million dollars.
The new building is under construction in Gulberg Express, Islamabad and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. Spanning an area over 150kanals, it will house over 1100 employees.
Some of the things employees can look forward to are a gym, pool, mosque, day care center for employees with children and other amenities you’d usually associate with a Silicon Valley firm.
As we mentioned before, Michael Foley, CEO Telenor Pakistan, was kind enough to tour ProPakistani team the construction site to share the details of the new environment friendly building.
Here is a glimpse into what you can expect from the new facilities:
  • Earthquake Resistance: Earthquake resistance raised to international recommendations by designing for seismic zone 3 ( raised from normal 2B).
  • Open Work Zones: Telenor workplace model with clean desk principle and flexible seating for all personnel in open work zones.
  • Focus on Renewable Energy: Solar panels to cover minimum of 10% of the energy consumption. Telenor plans to add more solar energy along with time.
  • Water Management: Water saving equipment, rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment with treated water used for irrigation.
  • Low Energy Consumption: Design and construction in accordance with  ASHRAE 189.1 International standard for high performance green buildings, focus on energy efficient cooling systems.
  • Lower Carbon Footprint: Use of rammed earth for facades to lower energy consumption,  improve indoor climate and reduce CO2 footprint.
It maybe recalled here that Telenor is celebrating its 10 years of operations in Pakistan. With over $2.3 billion already invested in the country, Telenor said that its on-going investments are testament of company’s commitment towards Pakistan in the long-term.
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