Sergei Sobyanin: Former Industrial Area Will Accommodate Largest School in Russia

The former industrial territory ZIL will host the largest educational institution in Russia. More than 2,500 children will be able to attend classes there.

“The construction of Russia's largest school is in full swing. The school will be equipped with latest educational technologies and will include a technology park. Here children will get to learn nanotechnology, robotics, and other interesting disciplines,” said Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin during his visit to the construction site.

Construction works commenced in March 2017. The new educational complex will include a technology park and will have a computer-based navigation system with touch-screen terminals.

The school's four-storey building with the total floor area of 40.8 thousand square meters will have a complex polygon shape. According to the mayor, the school will look like a true children's city.
The building will consist of three blocks. The first one will accommodate primary school children, while the second one will serve middle and high schoolers. The third block will host sports and cultural events. The school will have dedicated classrooms for natural sciences, a lecture room for 75 people, numerous classrooms for extracurricular activities and workshops.

Sergey Sobyanin added that the school will start working before people will move in the new residential buildings nearby. “It is very important for the school to be built in advance so that the parents won't have to wreck their brains trying to figure out what school to pick for their kids.”

Comfort and Hi-Tech

The school's spacious event auditorium will accommodate up to 1,040 visitors. Two out of seven gyms will be specifically equipped to meet the needs of children with disabilities. There will also be special classrooms for gymnastics and choreography. The canteen will be equipped with two dining rooms – for primary school children (450 seats) and for high schoolers (800 seats). There will be six passenger-and-freight elevators in the building.

A dedicated navigation system will help students and teachers with getting around this large and complex building. To find a specific classroom, they will be able to use one of many touch-screen terminals that will be installed throughout the school.

The school will feature a technology park where children will be able to get acquainted with laser technologies, applied spacecraft engineering, nanomaterial studies, shipbuilding, microbiology, and other disciplines. Classes at the technology park will also be open to children from other schools.

The construction completion rate is estimated at 83% with all the works expected to be finished in August.

To ensure student safety, the building will be equipped with a dedicated underpass that will connect the school directly to the ZILART residential complex.

Part of Larger Project

The ZILART complex will occupy 65 hectares of the so called northern territory of the former automotive plant. It will feature residential buildings with the total floor area of 1.5 million square, nine kindergartens, and a school for 825 children. 

“Housing, jobs, access to a sports cluster, top-notch embankment, parks – all of that will make up one of Moscow's best neighborhoods,” said Sergey Sobyanin. 

One of the main recreational locations in the new district is the 10-hectare Tyufeleva Roscha Park. Opened in August 2018, it was designed by the Dutch American landscape designer and architect Jerry van Eyck. The park's centerpiece is a 1.3 km long pergola. The park also has a pond and children's playgrounds. 

The pedestrian Bratyev Vesninykh Boulevard is expected to become ZILART's main thoroughfare that will accommodate a concert hall, museum (Hermitage Moscow), theater, hotel, and shopping centers. The Moskva River's renovated embankment will be upgraded with a ramp.

Construction works for the residential complex are expected to be completed before 2024.

The first four residential buildings with the total floor area of 200.4 thousand square meters became operational last December.

Eight more buildings are under construction, with four of them due to be ready by the end of this year. 

New Embankments

The embankments along the Moskva River from the Novospassky bridge to the Nagatinskaya floodplain will be expanded to become more walkable. Among them is the 7.5 km long Marc Chagall embankment that will connect the Third Ring Road and Prospekt Andropova.

A one-kilometer section of the embankment that will be part of the ZILART residential complex is expected to be ready in September. Five pavilions with the total floor area of 859 square meters will host two cafes, a river view amphitheater, two sports equipment rentals (bikes and rollerblades in the summer time, and skis in the winter), and a convention center for exhibitions, festivals and other events. The roofs of the pavilions will have wood decks and green lawns. There will also be bicycle and jogging tracks.

The pier will be surrounded by a metal fence to mark the spot for a future river tram station. 

A section adjacent to Prospekt Likhacheva will feature a “secret garden” with sculptures, fountains and landscape compositions enclosed by trees and shrubs.

Future Outlook for ZIL

The former automotive plant ZIL is located in the Danilovsky District of Moscow. It borders with Simonovskaya Embankment and Prospekt Andropova.

The Moscow General Planning Research and Development Institute designed ZIL's redevelopment concept together with the architectural bureau Meganom Project. Called ZIL Peninsula, this concept is to create a new city district with housing, social and public business facilities. For example, the Park of Legends sports and entertainment venue will be built here. ZIL will receive a modern transportation infrastructure, and the area, including the Moskva River embankments, will be heavily landscaped. 

The former industrial area is undergoing continuous transformation. Among the latest additions on its map is the newly built Olympic Synchronized Swimming Center. 

“ZIL is the largest industrial redevelopment project in Moscow and in Russia. I think it's the largest one in Europe as well. Nearly five million square meters of real estate will be built here,” said the mayor. 

The city decided to move forward with this project in 2013, and construction was launched that same year.

Road Network

To make ZIL’s residential and public areas more accessible, the city is building new streets and motorways with a total route length of nearly 35 kilometers. Among them is the already built 5.1-kilometer section that includes a motorway that runs through Moscow Central Circle, Prospekt Likhacheva and Tyfeleva Roscha Street (3 km); Bratyev Ryabushinskih Street and Marc Chagall Embankment (1.1 km); and a ZIL transit hub section (1 km).

By enabling traffic to go from Marc Chagall Embankment to the Teknopark metro station, the city has created a single transportation system that connected the Third Ring Road, ZIL hub and Tekhnopark station. In other words, the city has succeeded in connecting the northern, southern and western parts of the former carmaker's territory.

Construction in progress:

— streets in the residential areas;

— a section of Simovskaya Embankment between the Southern Riverboat Station and 2nd Yuzhnoportovy Lane (scheduled for completion in 2020);

— an overpass with moving walkways over Prospekt Andropova near the Tekhnopark station that will connect the new district with the Dream Island Amusement Park in the Nagatinskaya floodplain (scheduled for completion this year).

Transportation Nearby

The new Tekhnopark station was opened in December 2015. Today it serves more than 23,000 passengers daily. In the near future, it will become the basis for a large transit hub catering to ZIL’s residential buildings and the Dream Island Amusement Park. 

Passenger trains started running on the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) in the fall of 2016. Two MCC stations, Avtozavodskaya and ZIL, are located in the former ZIL industrial area and handle more than 6,000 passengers per station daily.

The ZIL station is located in the center of the new district. The transit hub is equipped with an overpass, passenger terminal, bus shelters, a park-and-ride lot and bus terminus.

The hub's second terminal will enable passengers' direct access to the Tyufeleva Roscha Park. 

Park of Legends

The local Park of Legends is quickly becoming one of Moscow's key sports clusters. 

Opened in 2015, the Ice Arena has been recognized as Russia's best ice hockey stadium. It also ranks among the best facilities of its kind worldwide. The 70,000 square meter venue includes large, small, and training ice arenas. In 2016, the venue hosted the IHF World Championship. 

The Ice Hockey Museum appeared at the Park of Legends in 2016. It is home to the Russian Hockey Hall of Fame that showcases exhibits and memorabilia dedicated to the country's top players, coaches, referees, and journalists.

The Park of Legends includes:

— a 28,500 square meter Aquatic Sports Center featuring the Anastasia Davydova Olympic Synchronized Swimming Center, and a number of swimming pools (scheduled for completion in 2021).

— a parking complex with offices and apartments. The multilevel 84,000 sq.m. car park became operational in April 2016, while the office-hotel section is still under construction. In March 2019, construction was completed for two apartment buildings with the total floor area of 44.6 thousand square meters;

— a hotel and business center. The first stage was completed in March 2018 (12.8 square meters), while the second stage (23.2 thousand square meters) is expected to be ready in Q2 2019;

— a business center with the total floor area of 171.5 thousand square meters (scheduled for 2019-2020);

— residential buildings with a kindergarten, regular school, and boarding school for young athletes. First three buildings (58 thousand square meters) became operational in 2018, with three more scheduled for this year (53.5 thousand square meters);

— a self-contained power-generating center with a rated capacity of 17.2 megawatt and a thermal capacity of over 30 megawatt.

Favorable Environment

The city will implement several major urban development projects at territories adjacent to the ZILART complex.

Among them is the construction of the Dream Island Amusement Park in the Nagatinskaya floodplain, which is expected to become the largest indoor amusement park in Europe and Asia. Construction works will be organized in two stages. The first one will result in a theme park, landscape park, 17-screen cinema, concert hall for 3,500 seats, and parking lot for 4,000 cars. All of these objects are expected to welcome first visitors in Q4 2019. 

The second stage foresees the construction of a four-star hotel with 410 rooms, children's yacht school, 1,000-seat concert hall, and the beautification of a 2-km section of the embankment. The park's construction is privately funded and is planned for completion in Q1 2021.

A multifunctional residential complex will occupy 14 hectares between Mustai Karim Street, Proektiruemy Drive 4062 and Proektiruemy Drive 7024.

With the total floor area of 400.2 square meters, the complex will include 20 medium- and high-rise buildings, underground parking lots, four kindergartens, a school and playground. 

More than one third of the residential complex will be given to public spaces, including a landscape park, pedestrian alleys, public gardens, and green courtyards.

The nearby Torpedo Stadium is awaiting reconstruction, which is poised to expand its capacity by 1,600 seats. The 125x85 meters stadium field will have a surface of natural grass and host soccer and rugby games.

Additional premises will include two full-size artificial turf fields with an underground parking lot under one of them and two smaller size fields. 

Also in plans are a recreational sports center, another residential complex, underground parking lots, four kindergartens, school, healthcare center, and memorial complex. 

Simonovskaya Embankment next to the stadium will undergo beautification, while Lipki Children's Park will be expanded. The city has started preparatory works for the future recreational sports center, which is due to be ready in Q2 2020.


12 april 2019