Arabtec Holding has secured a $123m contract from OAO Gazprom to construct an 85-storey, 462.7m high office tower in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The tower, known as Gazprom Tower, is being built under the first phase of a $2.7bn social and business district named Lakhta Center in Saint Petersburg.
Arabtec managing director Hasan Abdulla was quoted by constructionweekonline.com saying:"Arabtec was involved in preparing the design and documentation for the tower package until the client settled on the new site at the Gulf of Finland."
Phase one will also feature an adjacent stylobate and five other buildings.
The second phase of the project will feature construction of two new podium buildings, a concourse, undergound car parks and support facilities surrounding the tower.
The project involves construction of an office centre, a scientific and educational complex, sports facilities, a medical centre, a children's technology park, an observation platform, exhibition areas and a multi-use hall.
Lakhta Center will also feature shops, restaurants, cafes, banks and ice rinks, while an outdoor amphitheatre will be built to host city festivals and water shows.
One third of the Lakhta Center will be occupied by a park which will be connected with the Park of the 300th Anniversary to a promenade through a pedestrian bridge.
The project was being discussed in St. Petersburg for several years and the company originally planned to construct it in the Krasnogvardeisky district of St. Petersburg on the bank of the Okhta River away from the historic centre.
Stage one was planned as the build of a 396m tower designed by the UK-based architectural firm RMJM but the location of the skyscraper caused controversy among St. Petersburg residents.
Lakhta Center will be located on the north-western end of the Saint Petersburg city near the Gulf of Finland.
The new centre will be based on the previous architectural design planned to be constructed on Okhta promontory in the Krasnogvardeysky district.
Image: The first phase of the project will feature Gazprom Tower, adjacent stylobate and five other buildings. Photo: Okhta Cultural and Business Center public corporation.