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 date of the complex will be announced after the completion of all the finishing and landscaping work.
The Lakhta Center Tower, the construction of which was completed this year in St. Petersburg, awarded LEED® Platinum certification according to the results of the assessment of the environmental performance criteria. The Lakhta Center Tower scored 82 points, which corresponds to the highest Platinum level.
It should be reminded that at the design and construction stage the complex was pre-certified according to the LEED Gold standard. However, during the project implementation period, a number of parameters were improved, in particular, the indicators of transport accessibility and the quality of the internal environment were improved, the number of bicycle parking lots was increased and additional infrastructure for those coming to work by bikes was worked out; the absence of a negative impact on the environment was proved due to the treatment facilities for surface runoff from the territory; the target level of energy efficiency of buildings was increased, including through the use of cold accumulators. The Lakhta Center Tower scored 10 points out of 10 possible for some credits, such as water efficiency and regional priorities.
Lakhta Center Chief Engineer Sergey Nikiforov: "For us, obtaining an international environmental certificate of the highest status is another confirmation of the fact that the project was implemented in full accordance with the original idea – as the flagship of high technology, environmental friendliness and comfort. It is extremely important for us that the maximum possible indicators be achieved precisely by the quality criteria of the internal environment, in particular, by maximizing the use of natural lighting – more than 75% of workplaces with sufficient daylight".
“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). “By prioritizing sustainability, Lakhta Center is leading the way in their industry and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation.”
Lakhta Center is a multifunctional complex in Saint Petersburg which houses the headquarters of Gazprom Group and public spaces that occupy about a third of its area. The construction was completed in October 2018, at the moment finishing and furnishing works in the business and public areas are in progress.
The construction of the complex lasted 6 years, from October 2012 to October 2018. The architectural dominant of Lakhta Center – a 462-meter (1516 ft) skyscraper – has become the Europe’s tallest building. About 600 Russian and foreign companies and more than 20,000 people from 18 countries took part in the project implementation.
Lakhta Center comprises four facilities, with a total floor area of more than 400,000 sq. m:
- An 87-storey skyscraper twisted at 90 degrees from foundation to top in accordance with the complex geometry and architecture of the building.
- A multifunctional building.
- An arch that is a stand-alone building-entrance to the complex.
- A stylobate that hides the parking, the warehouses, and the logistics passages.
For the LEED standard, a 100-point rating system has been developed for five main categories: environmental friendliness of the construction site; efficient water consumption; energy and environment; materials and resources; environmental quality in the premises; plus additional points for innovation and design, as well as for regional priority.
Each of the categories reviewed by experts provides its own points system and assesses the degree of the implementation of green construction principles in a relevant area. By the amount of points, a Facility is awarded one of four levels of the certificate: Certified — 40-49 points, Silver — 50-59, Gold — 60-79, and Platinum — 80+ points.
Today, LEED is the foundation for creating healthy, highly efficient, and economical green buildings. This is the most widely used green building rating system in the world: 98,690 projects in 165 countries.
In Russia, only two projects are LEED Platinum certified: Renaissance Business Park in St. Petersburg, 6 Smolyachkova Street (its area is 25,625 sq. m) and the new part of L'Oréal plant (13,700 sq. m) in the territory of Vorsino Industrial Park in the Kaluga Region.