The 127,000m2 retail centre is being developed to support the growing retail demands of St Petersburg and will be one of the largest in the city. There will be three floors of retail and two floors of car parking space. The exciting glazed façades and projecting balconies will be supported using steel frames and large cantilevered trusses.
Mott MacDonald’s Russian office in Moscow will undertake structural, mechanical, electrical and public health design services working closely with Chapman Taylor Architects in Moscow to take the project through the concept development and design stage.
One of the challenges facing the team is the need to use existing foundation piles and more than 5,000t of steel from an existing project.
Paul Friday, Mott MacDonald’s project manager in Moscow said: "A local knowledge of St. Petersburg city standards as well as Russian regulations is vital on a project like this due to the difficulties of working in the northern Russian climate - high levels of snow and very cold temperatures. Mott MacDonald’s Moscow design team will combine international experience of retail projects with our local expertise, including extensive experience of designing other shopping centres in Russia, to help create what will be a great shopping experience in St Petersburg."
Mott MacDonald’s role on the project is due for completion at the end of 2012.