Glass And Steel Stalk The Moscow Region Countryside
- By Irina Filatova
- May. 27 2013 17:00
Vladimir Filonov / MT
With construction in central Moscow still restricted by planning reviews, the Moscow Region government has suggested building a series of business centers across the territory.
Deputy chairman of the Moscow regional government German Yelyaşnyushkin has suggested building skyscrapers as part of a series of new business districts.
"The Moscow region should probably have its own city districts," he said, referring toáthe business andáfinancial center ináLondon. "Perhaps it makes sense toáconsider skyscrapers ináthe locations where business activities will concentrate, not only high-rise buildings," he told journalists in March.
TheáMoscow region has "huge potential" forábusiness centers but there is a question mark over the time needed to claw back the investment, said Polina Zhilkina, director of strategic consulting atáCB Richard Ellis Russia. "The more projects that are implemented, theálonger it will take theámarket toáabsorb them," she said.
Foráa business district outside Moscow toábe successful, it should be easily accessible byápersonal andápublic transportation, with infrastructure including high-speed trains andámetro lines, Zhilkina said.
Construction work toáextend theámetro outside theáMoscow Ring Road is already underway, with theáfirst project, Rumyantsevo station onáKievskoye Shosse southwest ofáMoscow, toábe completed next year.
The Moscow architectural community criticized the idea of creating business parks outside theácity. Architect Boris Uborevich-Borovsky said it was aná"absolutely incorrect idea."
Such projects are feasible only inábig cities with intense business activity, like Moscow or Yekaterinburg, where developing business andáfinancial centers is anáeffective way toáboost that activity, he said.
He praised theáMoscow-City skyscraper district, saying it brings theácapital aástep closer toábecoming aáglobal financial center.
But if carried out ináthe Moscow region, projects like that were unlikely toábe profitable since investors would probably struggle toáfind high-profile tenants. Uborevich-Borovsky said it was hard toáimagine aábig company that would prefer anáoffice ináthe region toáa central urban location.
He said theáheight ofábusiness centers ináthe region should not exceed 15 stories and he worried that large-scale construction would damage theánatural environment outside theácity, especially around historical estates.
Yelyanyushkin said regional authorities had made no conclusions on the height of buildings. No construction would be carried out until theáplan had been discussed with residents andáarchitects involved ináinternational urban construction projects.
Moscow regional government has its own freeze on new residential construction, while it prepares guidance on planning. Acting Moscow region Governor Andrei Vorobyov suspended new development projects outside theácityá because ofáan oversupply ofáhigh-rise apartments, many of which are not served by adequate social infrastructure.
The issuance ofánew construction permits will remain suspended until authorities complete aácheck into whether existing projects have enough social andátransportation infrastructure, said Yelyanyushkin.
It will take theáregional Urban Construction Council chaired byáVorobyov until about July toácomplete theácheck, Yelyanyushkin told Vedomosti.
Aásource close toáthe regional government said that most investment contracts would be revised, according to Vedomosti. However Yelyanyushkin hurried toádispel developers' fears, saying that breaking contracts was not theágoal.
"We are not halting development where construction works are already underway, we just don't issue new permits," Interfax reported.
Construction permits have so far been provided for projects totalling 17 million square meters ofáhousingá which is scheduled toábe completed byá2015, he said.