Lakhta Center – a large scale project of the construction of a modern business area in the north-west of Saint Petersburg. Opening in 2018.
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Gazprom neft business center will be built in Lakhta, in Primorsky district of Saint Petersburg, at the exit from the city between the Gulf of Finland and Primorskoye highway. Earlier at the site a sand yard was located. There are no residential buildings and cultural monuments at the site so the implementation of the project will not require either demolition or rehabilitation of the facilities existing in the district. The site area is 14 hectares, the site adjoins to the open sites, which in future a mini city can be built integrated through a common architectural solution and transport system.
Lakhtra center location is remote from the historic center of the city at over 9 km. Thus the location of a new area entirely complies with the law On the Boundaries of the Areas of Protection of Cultural Heritage. (N 820-7 dated 19.01.2009), in compliance with which under protection is “...the combination of components of historic urban landscape with accents and landmarks in the background of the sky within the range of the visibility of 6 km. The property located outside the range of 6 km become blurred and do not have any impact on the visual perception of the vista”.
An advantage of the site is wonderful vistas and closeness to water. Another advantage principal for the successful implementation of the project of the construction of a business center is its closeness to main motor highways, the Ring Road and Western Speed Diameter being built at the moment and an opportunity to get to main railway stations and Pulkovo airport. It will ensure a convenient communication of the future business area with the center of both Petersburg and Moscow.
Among the associated advantages of the site there is a more favourable geologic situation as compared to that on Okhta. According to the reports of the engineering and geological investigations conducted in different years, the soils at the site in Lakhta allow reducing the cost of the design and construction significantly. Vendian clay which can serve as a solid sub-base for the foundation, in Lakhta are at the depth of up to 30m whereas on Okhta this value was 60m. On such a soil a high-rise building with a less solid foundation may be built which according to preliminary assessment will reduce the cost of the construction of the underground part of the high-rise building at 20%.
According to the investigations conducted the ecologic situation in Lakhta is one of the most favorable in the city.