A team of designers including several firms from the UK has won a prestigious competition to plan the future of the City of Moscow.

Several UK firms are behind the winning designs for Moscow's new Federal District
Several UK firms are behind the winning designs for Moscow's new Federal District

An international jury headed by Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin has awarded the design and planning of Moscow’s new Federal District to the Capital Cities Planning Group led by US-based Urban Design Associates and including UK firms Gillespies, John Thompson & Partners and Buro Happold. Overall planning of Moscow will be undertaken by Antoine Grumbach/Jean-Michel Wilmotte of France.

The Russian Federal Government announced earlier this year that it was doubling the territory of Moscow to enable it to grow into a competitive 21st-century world capital.

In February 2012, Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin announced an international competition and selected 10 teams from around the world to prepare plans for the Moscow Region, for the City overall and for the planning and design of a new federal capital for the ministries of the federal government.

The Government of Moscow set up a six-month, three-stage process with all the teams working and reporting to the Moscow Government on a monthly basis. The finished work of all the teams is now exhibited at a public exhibition in Gorky Park.

The winning design for the Federal District comprises a new mixed-use city configured around a series of lakes designed by the UK landscape design practice Gillespies.

Brian Evans, partner in charge of Gillespies’ Glasgow office, which led the British side of the team said: ‘We are all knocked out by this recognition for our work on the world stage. It seems that our design to use the natural topography of the site to create a series of lakes as the setting for the new Federal District was one of the key factors in the jury’s mind when they appraised the different proposals’.

John Thompson, chair of John Thompson & Partners and honorary president of the Academy of Urbanism, commented: ‘We are delighted that our team has won the competition for the design of the new Federal District, bringing together international best practice to create a model for the further expansion of Moscow through the creation of a properly serviced, zero-carbon, transit orientated urban hierarchy set within a forest and lakeside landscape.’






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