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Concept Design of the Community and Business Complex Okhta-Center Approved by St.Petersburg City Planning Council

Revised architectural and planning concept design of the Okhta-Center project was examined at the meeting of the St.Petersburg City Planning Council on June 21. The City Planning Council approved on the whole the concept design for the development of the territory allocated for the construction of a community and business complex in Malaya Okhta which is co-financed by JSC Gazprom Neft and the administration of St.Petersburg.

It was stressed at the meeting that the city’s allocation of the land plot in the territory of the Malaya Okhta for construction of the community and business complex is expedient since the territory in question represents industrial estates which rank high on the reconstruction list under the new General City Development Plan of St.Petersburg.

Since the time of the international architectural tender that was held to select the project’s initial concept design it has undergone considerable changes, i.e. the architects of the company of RMJM have presented the entire development plan for all three zones of the community and business complex. It embraces vast public park areas, cultural and sports complexes, a museum of contemporary arts and a theater and concert hall. Offices for Gazprom and its subsidiaries will occupy 16 percent of the total complex area. 35 percent of the total area will be designated for public purposes and the balance 49 percent – for business-centers. The overall area of the territory totals 71.4 Ha.

The issues concerning transport service and engineering support of the community and business complex as well as pertaining to construction of a high-rise building in its territory were dealt with at the meeting of the City Planning Council. Several Council members challenged expediency of certain proposed characteristics of the structure. At the same time opinions in support of placing high-rise architectural emphasis in the Malaya Okhta were expressed.

One may recall that community and business complex Okhta-Center – the first of the kind in the city – will be built in the Krasnogvardeiskiy District of St.Petersburg. The high-rise building - a unique structure that will become the architectural landmark of St.Petersburg – is expected to be the principal element of the complex. The building’s floor area will total some 100,000 sq.m.

The community and business complex construction project will be realized jointly by the city administration and JSC Gazprom Neft . 51 percent of the Okhta-Center project investment will be financed by Gazprom Neft and 49 percent – by Administration of St.Petersburg. The meeting concluded Council’s deliberations of the Okhta-Center project. The project is presented to St.Petersburg Social Council, Legislative Assembly, representatives of the city’s architectural community, members of the council for preservation of cultural heritage of St.Petersburg, administration of Krasnogvardeiskiy District, administration of St.Petersburg and representatives of mass media.