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Gillespies and Fielden Clegg Bradley scoop ‘Russia’ theme park contest

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Masterplanners Gillespies and Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios have won an international contest to design a 1,000-hectare Russia-themed visitor attraction in Domodedovo near Moscow

The practices were part of a Cushman & Wakefield-led UK consortium which was chosen to masterplan and develop a business case for the high-profile £5 billion development last month.

Other outfits on the winning bid included the engineer Buro Happold, cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall and place makers Fourth Street.

Feilden Clegg Bradley will design the theme park’s key cultural and commercial buildings and focus on the central transport interchange which is expected to be the urban site’s main gateway.

The nationally-themed amusement park is expected features a series of zones dedicated to the culture, heritage and nature of Russia’s expansive regions.

The consortium’s winning design proposed dividing the enormous site – 30 kilometres south of Moscow – into southern and northern sectors and erecting a 175 metre-tall flag in the centre.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios partner Andy Theobald said:  ‘We are delighted to have the opportunity of creating the first element of an extremely ambitious vision – planting a seed that will potentially grow into a sustainable and playful cultural parkland.’

Gillespies partner Jim Diggle added: ‘Gillespies’ masterplan for Park Russia celebrates the country’s unique history, cultural legacy and future. Park Russia embraces innovative sustainable design, with best practice green principles enshrined in the masterplan and major constituent design components such as buildings, landscape and supporting infrastructure.’

Second place was awarded to Netherlands-based Hosper and the third and fourth positions went to Russian outfits Mosproject-5 and Citymakers respectively. The USA’s BBDB consortium which made the shortlist was disqualified.

The first stage of the 12-year project is expected to complete in the next two years.


The Cushman & Wakefield consortium comprises:

Russian companies: Strategy Partners Group, NEBA Cultural, Terra Viva, Country Format

International masterplanners from the UK: Gillespies, Buro Happold, Rider Levett Bucknall, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios & Fourth Street Place Consultants (UK)

Specialists: Puy du Fou International (France), MaxMakers (Switzerland), Jack Rouse Associates (USA), Ray Hole Architects (UK), Populous (UK), & Conventional Wisdom(USA)







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