A committee which deals with strategic projects’ development and implementation in St. Petersburg has chosen five participants for the second stage of the competition on the right to project and construct the business centre “Okhta centre”.
Summarizing the results of the prequalification the following competitors will participate at the second stage:
- An association which consists of CJSC “SESM”, NBBJ EAST LLC, JSC “St. Petersburg Regional Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Design”, CJSC “Soletanshstroi”, CJSC “Armo-Group”, CJSC ”Schneider Electric”, Shanghai construction general company (association), Mace International Limited;
- Strabag AG
- JSC “Enka Inshaat VE Sanaii A. SH.“
- Arabtec Construction LLC
- CJSC Management company – Construction Holding “ETALON-LENSPETSSMU”
The participants’ selection was carried out according to such criteria as high-altitude constructions experience, material and technical equipment status, stable financial position.Moreover, in a committee’ meeting RMJM’ specialists submitted an updated concept of the high-altitude focus. Nowadays a landscape and visual analysis of the designed high building is finished.
Investigations showed that the new construction focus will not principally change a shade picture and perspective views on central squares and streets in the St. Petersburg’s historical centre. From an open space between Isaac’s cathedral and Alexander’s garden as well as between Kazan square and Decembrists square the high building is not seen. St. Petersburg’s governor V. Matvienko said in the meeting: “Most part of squares in the project “Okhta centre” should be objects of social infrastructure. The Museum of Modern Art, sports centers, cinemas and leisure centers should be constructed in the center”.
As Aleksey Miller, JSC Gazprom Neft’s CEO, noticed , “the construction and the following development of “Okhta center” will contribute to the historical center maintenance. Within a protected zone a large new buildings construction is not allowed. However if new business centers are constructed near the historical center it will attract megabuck investments and additional taxes to the budget that will allow to allocate more funds for the cultural and historical heritage maintenance in St. Petersburg”.
One should remind that JSC Gazprom Neft wil finance 51% of St. Petersburg’s business center construction costs. Coinvestors of the project are city’s authorities which will finance 49% of construction costs. Ownership rights will be shared proportionally.