An international consortium led by Cushman & Wakefield has won the masterplan and business strategy competition for a cultural park in Moscow, named Park Russia.
The consortium consists of five UK-based masterplanners, including Gillespies, Buro Happold, Rider Levett Bucknall, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Fourth Street Place Consultants.
Park Russia would provide a significant tourism and cultural development outside of the country’s capital.
The consortium includes Russian firms Strategy Partners Group, NEBA Cultural, Terra Viva, Country Format, and other specialists, including Puy du Fou International (France), MaxMakers (Switzerland), Jack Rouse Associates (USA), Ray Hole Architects (UK), Populous (UK) and Conventional Wisdom (USA).
Project proposals included a masterplan and business strategy, which illustrated three main park zones for day visitors and a resort for tourists staying overnight.
Park Russia will be built on a 1,000ha area 30km south of Moscow, near Domodedovo airport.
Cushman & Wakefield project leader Richard Tibbott said: "[The park is] a uniquely Russian leisure park that responds to Russian consumer desires for imaginative leisure and cultural development and creating a major new destination for the rapidly growing Russian visitor economy. It will be a credible comparator to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay and eventually to the parks at Orlando, Florida."
Investment for the project is anticipated to be mainly from the private sector, with the business strategy running over a 12-year period.
Rider Levett Bucknall director Mark Weaver said Park Russia is large scale, long term scheme that heralds a new era of tourism and culture for Russia worldwide.
"It will without doubt further help to boost the country’s construction sector, which remains one of the key catalysts of economic growth in Russia," Weaver said.
Work on Park Russia is expected to start in the spring of this year.
Image: Park Russia will be built on a 1,000ha are 30km south of Moscow. Photo: courtesy of GILLESPIES LLP.