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Two UK teams shortlisted in Russian masterplan contest

Contest site: Almetyevsk Reservoir, Russia
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UK architects feature on two of the three teams competing to masterplan a new 1,700ha public space next to a reservoir on the fringes of the city of Almetyevsk in Russia

The finalists include Graeme Massie Architects, ScottWhitbyStudio and Aecom working with IQ Studio of Moscow, and JTP Studios and Amsterdam’s Bureau B+B working with IND Architects of Moscow. A team led by Obermeyer Architecture completes the shortlist, which was chosen from 44 applications to the international contest.

Open to teams of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and economists, the two-stage competition seeks proposals to transform a large area of disused land next to the artificial lake into a new park for residents of the rapidly growing city located in the oil-rich Republic of Tatarstan. The three shortlisted teams now have until 6 April to submit their schemes.

The contest is organised by the Moscow-based Agency for Strategic Development, CENTER, on behalf of the Administration of the City of Almetyevsk and Russia’s fifth largest oil company, Tatneft, which is headquartered in the settlement. Three shortlisted teams will receive around £30,000 each to draw up concepts.

Alex Scott-Whitby, director ScottWhitbyStudio, said: ‘We are delighted to have been named as one of the three finalists for this prestigious competition; we are excited to be working with such a fantastic team to create a meaningful and long-lasting transformation to the City of Almetyevsk and look forward to working with the competition organisers and the people of Almetyevsk over the coming months to create something extraordinary.’

Almetyevsk is a rapidly growing city at the centre of Russia’s oil industry. Founded in 1953, the settlement is the starting point for the 4,000km-long Druzhba pipeline, which facilitates fuel exports from Russia to Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany.

The competition focuses on creating a ‘landmark public space’ on the site. Judges include Tatneft general director Nail Maganov; Guy Eames, founder of Russia’s Green Building Council; and Elena Korotkova, head of the centre for urban economics at Strelka KB in Moscow.

The overall winner, to be announced in April 2020, will receive around £48,000 while a second prize of approximately £24,000 and third prize of approximately £12,000 will also be awarded.


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