RMJM’s Gazprom skyscraper avoids another legal wrangle
A Russian court has ditched an appeal against RMJM’s controversial 455m-tall Gazprom skyscraper in St Petersburg, Russia
The Smolninski district court maintained the legality of planning permission granted in September despite opposition to the scheme by UNESCO and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.
UNESCO warned in 2008 construction of the scheme in its current form would jeopardise the historic city’s world heritage status.
Medvedev last week ordered the city’s authorities to follow UNESCO’s advice. The district court however refused to abandon permission for RMJM to breach city height restrictions by 355 metres.
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin last week however voiced his support for the project.
Famous for its low-rise stuccoed buildings the eighteenth-century city was designed to a strict classical design code. Tall buildings include gold-plated spires and a soviet-era broadcast tower but skyscrapers have yet to be built.
RMJM’s Okhta Center, rumoured to cost $3 billion, could be the tallest structure in Europe if constructed. It is designed as headquarters for Gazprom subsidiary, Gazprom Neft.
A spokesman for the practice said: ‘The pathway is not yet clear for the scheme. This court case is one of several going on at the moment.’