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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Awards Decade's Best Work

Developers of Luzhniki Sports Palace and other projects that have redefined the cityscape have received awards from the mayor's office.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov presented the grand prize for the "Absolutely Best Executed Project of the Decade" to the Mospromstroi construction firm for its renovation of Luzhniki, in southwestern Moscow. The mayor called the construction project "unique" for a retractable roof that protects spectators from the elements.

Oleg Lyang, deputy director of Mos-promstroi, said that the jury's choice emphasized the social importance of the Luzhniki project

Lyang added that Mospromstroi was delighted to be named. "The award will boost our business reputation, upgrade our professional image and consolidate our position in the real estate sector."

The crowning ceremony, which took place in the Central House of Architects late last month, was organized by the mayor's office in collaboration with the city architecture committee, Moscow Association of Investors and the Moya Moskva journal.

The jury, made up of property developers and chaired by Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin, made selections for different categories from a short list of 45 real estate projects that were designed, financed and delivered to the local market in the last decade.

Manezh shopping center on Manezh Square was the runaway choice in the shopping complexes category, the renovated Pushkin Museum won the cultural award and Christ the Savior Cathedral, the mayor's much criticized pet project, was unrivaled in the religious category.

The top prizewinner, Mospromstroi, has also been involved in the development and reconstruction of several other category winners, including the Pushkin Museum, Christ the Savior Cathedral and Marriott Grand Hotel.

In presenting Mospromstroi's award, Luzhkov said the company's projects were a breakthrough for the city's planning and architecture development.

"These are gigantic works being done in the property-development sector in the most difficult stage of the economic development of both the city and the country as a whole," Luzhkov said.

The jury based its decisions on such criteria as originality, harmony with the environment, quality, necessity, location, accessibility, range of services and other commercial attributes.

"Choosing a single project as the best out of so many is a rather difficult task, as no single project can satisfy the more than 50 requirements expected of modern projects," said Haik Ner-sessyan, marketing manager at the Moscow's office of Colliers International.

"Though, I quite agree with most of the jury's choices, I would not say the finally chosen projects were the absolute best in the nominated categories," Nersessyan added.

Apart from those listed above, several other real estate property developments that have changed the city's traditionally dull facade to its flashier appearance since the fall of communism were also recognized during the ceremony. These included the apartment house on Rubtsovskaya Naberezhnaya, which won the award for best residential complex and the Zolotiye Klyuchi building on Minskaya Ulitsa, which took the elite residential prize.

Luzhkov said future development projects should focus on transportation infrastructure, especially the Third Ring Road.

At the same, he said, the city needs to pick up the pace of demolition of dilapidated five-story apartment buildings, known as khrushchyovki, as they become dangerous to residents.