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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Skanska Wins $20.5M MEGA Tender

For MTSkanska will construct Russia's largest parking lot, roads and technical infrastructure for IKEA's MEGA shopping center.
The Russian arm of Swedish-based construction firm Skanska has won a tender for $20.5 million in paving and landscaping works at IKEA's MEGA shopping center in Kommunarka on the southern fringe of Moscow.

Skanska built the site's IKEA store in 2001 and has now won a tender to design and construct the country's largest outdoor parking lot, a multi-story car park, roads and technical infrastructure.

The territory occupies an area of 53 hectares, and the project envisages the performance of the design works, construction of outdoor parking areas for about 10,000 cars, a 62,500 square-meter, two-tier concrete parking deck, access roads and technical infrastructure of the territory.

Skanska will join German-based construction company Hochtief, the main contractor on the MEGA, and French building multinational Bouygues, which is building a section of the project for French retailer Auchan.

Peter Odlund, the project leader for the MEGA mall, said Hochtief and Skanska will both work on parts of the mall's $9 million, 11-screen, 3,000-plus-seat cinema, which will be the largest in Russia.

"Skanska, Bouygues and Hochtief are reputable companies that have the resources," Odlund said. "We are building fast-track, and we need companies with resources. We can't use a small company; they couldn't handle it."

The mall is due to open in December.

Skanska said in a statement that it is responding to increasing investments in Russia by extending its services in Moscow to include fit-out work and in St. Petersburg to include residential construction and development of industrial parks.

"Our most important ongoing projects are the Alfa Arbat Business Center in the center of Moscow and in St. Petersburg the new Finnish consulate, as well as launching the construction of St. Petersburg's southwestern waste water treatment plant," the statement quoted Martti Rautee, president of Skanska East Europe Oy, as saying.

Skanska built Russia's first IKEA store in Khimki, just outside Moscow, in 1999 and is now constructing new IKEA stores in Pennsylvania and Shanghai, China.