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UK firms behind winning team in Moscow riverfront contest

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Gillespies and John Thompson & Partners are part of a Russian-led team chosen to regenerate 10,400 hectares of riverfront plots and embankments in Moscow

The London-based duo – along with Strategy Partners, Cushman & Wakefield and Systematica of Italy – contributed to the overall winning scheme by local outfit Project Meganom.

The scheme will transform around 120 kilometres of embankments along the Moscow River, creating new parks, public spaces, river tours and footbridges.

Project Meganom was named the winner of the international contest by city mayor Sergey Sobyanin during the Moscow Urban Forum conference last week.

Chinese firm Turenscape won the contest’s second place prize. Elements of its scheme – which focused on boosting ecology within the historic city – will be integrated into the final design.

The full shortlist

  • Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos Asociados (Spain)
  • Turenscape (China)
  • Maxwan (the Netherlands)
  • Architecture bureau ‘Ostozhenka’ (Russia)
  • Project Meganom (Russia)

Shortlisted teams received around £66,000 each to develop schemes and the winner is expected to receive a £100,000 design contract for the job.

Deputy mayor Marat Khusnullin said: ‘Thanks to the international contest, now we have an illustration of the future of the Moscow River, various development plans of its banks and ideas of the new transport structure.’

He continued: ‘Over 120 kilometers of embankments will undergo complex redevelopment in order to create a public space that is to become one of the largest in Europe. This has a huge investment potential of 17 millions square kilometers, according to our preliminary estimates.’

Gillespies partner, Brian Evans said:’We are delighted to announce that Project Meganom and Gillespies have won this prestigious International competition.  Our strategy envisages a series of new ‘ports’ at strategic points along The River interlinked with an ecological and landscape strategy for the future quality of the river itself.’

Planned to complete in 2017, the project’s first phase will renovate existing public spaces along the waterway and identify new areas for future cultural development.

Within Moscow, the waterway is thought to have a total 201 kilometre-long shoreline and influence a potential development zone of up to 10,400 hectares.

The river rises 145 kilometres west of the city and eventually joins the Volga River which runs into the Caspian sea.

In 1935 the city’s embankments were significantly remodelled but regeneration of the nearby riverfront districts has still yet to happen.

So far only around 33.4 kilometres of shoreline has cycle and pedestrian access and 47.5 kilometres has vehicle access.





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