Jo Thompson wins contract for Russian resort

A leading Russian property developer has appointed Jo Thompson's practice to produce a landscape master plan for a new resort on the Gulf of Finland, in Russia.

Jo Thompson
Jo Thompson

The 15,000 square metre residential complex, in the Kurortny district – a suburb just north of St. Petersburg – includes eight, four-storey buildings, a restaurant, a wellness centre, a gym and swimming pool.

The developers, the Pioneer Group, called in global property consultancy Knight Frank to help develop the concept for the site. Located on a plot of 4.37 hectares fronting golden sands, it is expected to appeal to affluent city dwellers who want to easily ‘get away from it all’.

Thompson says the contract is one of the largest the firm has tackled and goes well beyond a design for the private gardens in the scheme.

She said: "The brief included playgrounds, recreational and sports areas, as well as providing solutions for signage, lighting, privacy fencing and covered parking.

"There is a strong tradition of locals heading to the countryside, and their dachas, to seek out the restorative properties of the coast and forest. The heady combination of fresh sea air and coniferous wood aroma, from the extensive pine woodlands the area is known for, is a tonic for body and mind.

"It’s no surprise therefore that we’ve gone for native trees, Pine, Birch and Sorbus, with grasses and costal planting for seasonal colour and interest.

"It’s been an exciting project for the team to get their teeth into. We are looking forward to seeing how it works out in practice although that will be some 18 months away."

For centuries the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland has been a favourite resort area for the residents of St Petersburg and Leningrad. 

Today the completion of some very large transport infrastructure projects, including the tunnel under the Gulf of Finland, means that during the summer months the population can increase by as much as five fold.

Construction work on the development, requiring an RUB 700-800m (€557-636m) investment, started last year, is expected to be finished by the summer of 2016.

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