Lakhta Center is a multifunctional complex in St. Petersburg with the Gazprom headquarter and public spaces occupying a third of the area. Construction was completed in October 2018, now start work on the arrangement of business and public areas. The opening will take place in about a year, when the complex will be fully prepared to meet guests.
Lakhta Center will set a new path of Petersburg development
Vkrizis.ru, Yekaterina Stepanova
The property in the historic center is considered prestigious and expensive however the implementation of the projects in the central districts means endless legislative restrictions for a developer and negative attitudes of the public to the new project if there is even a slight deviation from the norms. An example is a conflict around the construction of the public and business complex Okhta Center, said Hansa SPb Director Oleg Barkov. “A large investor has made a serious proposal. Petersburg is lucky that the investor is not rancorous”. Moreover, the space in the center of the city is very restricted and experts do not see any room for future development.
According to Yuit lentek Mikhail Voziyanov at the moment there is a reverse process of the relocation of all the functions outside the historic center because the old district can not cope with the burden of modern business activities. The expert is sure that primarily the business function is to be relocated from the center. “Office projects in the center of the city are not needed. The center is not ready to receive such number of offices, said General Director of Grigoriev Boris and Partners Company Boris Grigoriev. Nowadays in Petersburg in a few large districts ctive business development is underway which is independent of the historic center of the city. These are Petrogradskaya side, Pulkovo and the site of the future Lakhta Center.
The separation of functions is in line with the idea of a polycentric development of modern cities and the creation of separate clusters having been actively discussed in professional community lately. “ I support a polycentric system of the urban development in the direction of Ladoga lake, said Grigoriev in the course of the roundtable discussion. A cluster is a synthesis jobs, housing and public infrastructure. The number of such clusters can be as many as there will be business initiators. The city will provide only engineering and public infrastructure, the rest will be built by business”.
At the session of Future Petersburg Forum while discussing the future development of Petersburg as a global city the chairman of the Committee for Economic Development, Industrial Police and Trade Eugeniy Yelin also supported the idea of introducing various functions from the center of the city. Moreover he even expressed the idea to relocate the building of the administration of the city closer to the new business area which is being developed around the future public and business complex Lakhta Center.
The subject of Lakhta Center was also raised in the discussion of the future development of new districts of the city. According to Director of the Agency of Public Information Roman Mogilevsky the buildings such as Lakhta Center meet, above all, the needs of the future generations. As early as now worldwide the creation of a comfortable environment with the use of high-rise construction is an architectural trend to meet usability and safety requirements. In Petersburg the criticism was based purely on esthetic criteria. The relocation of the project resulted in slowing down the development of the city and a significant increase of real estate prices.
By summing up the results of the discussion most attendees agreed with the necessity of a balance between an active development of new districts and the preservation of the historic center of Petersburg. The development of a new strategy of the development of the northern capital as a global city will help achieve such a balance. “Petersburg is a small state”, said Oleg Barkov. According to the developer the city needs to set global development objectives. As American musician Les Brown once said: Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars”.