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Gillespies-led team wins Park Russia design competition

By Sarah Cosgrove Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A Gillespies-led design team has won an international contest to design a 1,000 hectare Russian theme park in Domodedovo near Moscow.

Arial view of the Park Russia masterplan designed by Gillespies (photograph copyright Gillespies)

Arial view of the Park Russia masterplan designed by Gillespies (photograph copyright Gillespies)

Gillespies’ masterplan for the park draws on Russia’s history, cultural legacy and future plans and embraces sustainable design.

The company is part of an international consortium led by commercial real estate services firm. Cushman & Wakefield which provided the judges with a masterplan and business strategy showing three main zones of the park.

It outlined opportunities for investment in leisure projects for the day visitor and the development of resort destination where large numbers of visitors will stay in the park.

The business strategy shows a 12 year investment period, principally by the private sector, and Cushman & Wakefield show how viable development projects can be marketed to the private sector. The development is to have strong "green" building credentials and intends to optimise rail access from Moscow and Domodedovo to cope with the large numbers expected. It is thought the park will attract up to 10 million visitors.

Gillespies partner Jim Diggle, who led the team, said: "Park Russia features an inspiring and compelling design vision. It has been designed to be delivered flexibly over many years. It will be an unforgettable destination based on multiple and complimentary attractions offering layers of interest with fun and learning experiences for all."

The competition was organised by Russia Geographical Society and Moscow Region Government. The Cushman & Wakefield and international consortium comprises Strategy Partners Group, NEBA Cultural, Terra Viva and Country Format from Russia, international masterplanners from the UK Gillespies, Buro Happold, Rider Levett Bucknall, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios & Fourth Street Place Consultants and specialists Puy du Fou International (France), MaxMakers (Switzerland), Jack Rouse Associates (USA), Ray Hole Architects (UK), Populous (UK), & Conventional Wisdom(USA).

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