Controversial Gazprom tower gets green light
Oil giant Gazprom has edged closer to winning approval from the city of St Petersburg to build its 394m-tall RMJM-designed tower
Yesterday (22 September) the local authorities agreed to waive a city-wide building restriction which prohibited the construction of structures over 100m-tall.
The building, known as the Okhta Center, may become the tallest in Europe and is expected to house the headquarters of Gazprom Neft, a Gazprom subsidiary.
The project has faced severe criticism from local residents. In September, protesters clashed with police and Gazprom security guards during a public hearing over the plans, and in January last year ‘two activists’ were arrested after 300 protesters started a rally on the site earmarked for the tower.
Meanwhile, the United Nations’ heritage body UNESCO has threatened to remove the city from the world heritage list if the project goes ahead.