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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Grimshaw Wins Pulkovo Contract

For MTGrimshaw's winning bid for the Pulkovo terminal has been designed to cope with the weather conditions of the city.
British architecture company Grimshaw last week won a tender to build a new terminal at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport, the company said in a news release Monday.

Grimshaw beat out U.S. architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in a second round of the bids for the contract, St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko told journalists Thursday, Interfax reported.

"The jury has decided to award the contract to Grimshaw and Partners. Over the next two weeks, the company should consider comments on its draft proposal and submit its final design," Matviyenko said.

Other designs by Grimshaw include Zurich airport in Switzerland, Heathrow and Manchester airports in Britain, and Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia.

Speaking at the announcement of Grimshaw's winning bid, Matviyenko said the new terminal would be positioned as an international hub capable of competing with Moscow's airports.

The winning bid has been designed specially to meet the extreme weather conditions of St. Petersburg, Grimshaw said in its statement.

"The striking new terminal roof and envelope are designed to accommodate the extremes of climate experienced by the city," the statement said. "The roof is created from a series of 18-meter bays, which effectively act as large hoppers, shallow enough not to encourage gathering snow, but deep enough to provide effective drainage.

The terminal will have sufficient capacity to handle up to 17.5 million passengers per year, Interfax reported.

"St. Petersburg is a wonderful city in which to be working, and I believe our final design carries on the long tradition of Grimshaw transport buildings," said Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, chairman of Grimshaw, who took part in many of the design sessions.

Existing buildings at Pulkovo will be preserved and operate until the inauguration of the new site. The original terminals will later be renovated, without any changes to exterior facade, however.