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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Construction of Lakhta Center will not spoil the image of Saint Petersburg – Permanent RF Representative to Unesco
The construction of Lakhta Center Complex by Gazprom in Saint Petersburg will not spoil the image of the city and will not face any sanctions from UNESCO, according to Permanent Representative of Russia to this organization Eleonora Mitrofanova.
The construction of Lakhta Center Complex will be completed by 2018. Its center will be the headquarters of Gazprom neft and other Gazprom group companies. The design concept implies the construction of a large office center and a scientific and educational complex, a sports complex, a children’s technopark and a whole range of public services including retail shops, restaurants, cafes and other services.
Lakhta Center is located outside the buffer area established for Saint Petersburg as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Undoubtedly the complex will be seen from some districts of the city but its emergence will not have a strong impact on the perception of the historic center of Saint Petersburg, and this building will not breach any regulations, it is the most important thing”, Mitrofanova said at a “Paris – Moscow” tele-bridge organized by RIA News.
Mitrofanova pointed out that in her own opinion as the person who does not live in Petersburg, on a way from Kronstadt to Saint Petersburg the view on the cultural city is ugly: “some cranes and houses” so the new center may become a beauty of this district.
Mitrofanova is convinced that Saint Petersburg will not face any sanctions from UNESCO if Lakhta Center is built. “With Okhta Center it was an absolutely different story: right behind the Smolny a gigantic “leg” could have appeared. Naturally it was not allowed”, she said.
Originally Gazprom planned to build a business center with a 400m skyscraper on Okhta promontory, opposite the Smolny Cathedral. However because of public protests the company rejected the idea of building a skyscraper on Okhta and purchased a 140,000sq.m. area in Lakhta on the coast of the Gulf of Finland.