Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield and an international consortium including Gillespies, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Buro Happold and Rider Levett Bucknall have been selected as the winner of the competition for Park Russia development, organized by the Russia Geographic Society and Moscow Region Government. Park Russia is an giant tourism project on over 1,000 hectares and 30 kilometres south of Moscow, near Domodedovo airport.
The consortium’s winning proposals provided the Jury with a masterplan and business strategy showing three main zones of the park and opportunities for investment in leisure projects for the day visitor and in the development of a tourism resort destination where visitors can stay in the park. The business strategy shows a 12 year investment period, principally by the private sector. The development is to have strong “green” building credentials and intends to optimize rail access from Moscow and Domodedovo to cope with the large numbers of annual visitors ranging up to a potential 10 million per annum.
Jim Diggle, Partner at Gillespies who led the design team, said: “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.”
The “Park Russia” competition was organized by the Russia Geographic Society and Moscow Region Government.