The mayor of Moscow has approved a redevelopment of the city’s historic Gorky Park drawn up by British practice LDA Design
The Peterborough-based firm will now work on detailed design for the overhaul of the 1,200,000m² park.
LDA’s masterplan and strategy for the park draws on Russia’s cultural heritage dating back to the 18th century. The design involves seven distinct landscapes, each reflecting a different historical period.
There will also be nine destination activity hubs, including waterfront leisure gardens; a space for cultural and recreational activities; and a glass house for horticultural displays.
The park’s boundary will also be transformed with major improvements to all entrances, and six new points of access. A new circuit route will connect the seven landscapes and the nine activity areas.
Andrew Harland, senior partner at LDA Design, said: ‘Operationally, a successful park is one that integrates environment, activity and management and, from a design perspective, one that combines beauty, vibrancy and accessibility. Gorky Park will have all of these things as well as a rich historical and cultural backdrop.
‘In our designs, we have placed great emphasis on quality of life, health, wellbeing, play and recreation and worked hard to create opportunities for community and a rich horticultural and ecological experience.’