ST. PETERSBURG, August 21 (Itar-Tass) — The construction of a high rise business complex of the Lakhta Centre in the northwest of St. Petersburg will be launched by the end of the current year. The press service of the Okhta company (a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft) told Itar-Tass on Monday that it has received the complete set of documents for the start of the construction work.
According to a company representative, during the first phase the tower of the complex with a height of 462.7 metres and its stylobate part will be built. It is planned to complete the construction on the Gulf of Finland shore by 2018.
The project for the construction of a new multifunctional cultural and business complex of Gazprom has been discussed in St. Petersburg for several years. The company originally planned to erect it in the Krasnogvardeisky district of St. Petersburg on the bank of the Okhta River away from the historic centre. At the first stage, in particular, it was planned to build the 396-metre high tower designed by the British architectural firm RMJM. The location of the skyscraper caused has caused controversy among St. Petersburg residents. The city authorities have met the city preservationists halfway and moved the location of the complex.
The investor intends to revive the idea of British architects in the Primorsky district of the city on the Gulf of Finland shore. The Lakhta Centre project is based on the existing one. The British architectural firm RMJM has adapted the original project of the Okhta Centre skyscraper to the new site.