Alexey Miller: Gazprom’s multifunction complex in Minsk will enhance the city’s architectural look and business climate
A meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus took place today as part of the business trip of the Company's delegation to the Republic of Belarus.
The discussion centered on Gazprom's development strategy in Belarus. The parties appreciated the Company's current performance and highlighted an upward trend both in gas supplies to Belarus and its transit across Belarus via the Yamal – Europe 1 gas pipeline. The Company will continue actively developing the gas transmission system in Belarus, with gas transmission facilities to be retrofitted and underground gas storage capacity to be boosted.
During the meeting Alexey Miller presented a layout of Gazprom Group's multifunction complex in Minsk.
The complex will be located within the boundaries of Filimonova Str. and Nezavisimosti Av. and will incorporate various buildings combined in an integrated architectural composition around the central square. The bright architectural appearance of the complex will naturally fit into the existing infrastructure, visually emphasize the building of Belarusian National Library and harmonize with other high-rise installations in this part of the city.
The complex will comprise an administrative building, four commercial buildings, a convention center, a hotel, rooms for trading, catering and service companies, an underground parking area. The construction is planned to be completed in 2018, with no less than 500 new jobs to be created.
World-class planning and engineering technologies will be applied during the construction of the main 31-store building (182 meters high) in order to create an energy efficient, safe and environmentally friendly facility. The high-rise building will accommodate all Gazprom companies located in Minsk.
Social infrastructure will be built between apartment houses at Filimonova Str. and the main complex buildings. A multi-discipline medical center with cutting-edge equipment will provide services both to Gazprom's workers and the city's population. Any visitor may attend sports and children's centers, use a swimming pool, jims, a fitness center and a spa center.
The entire territory of the complex will be improved using unique landscaping techniques and small architectural forms. The bulk of the site will remain a park area available to the citizens. The variability of the ground relief will allow creating an amphitheater for concerts and festivals in the southern part of the central square. It will have a stage surrounded by a fountain and seats for 1,000 spectators. In winter a public skating rink may be arranged in the fountain area.
The complex will be supplied with energy by a stand-alone generating plant that will not only provide electricity, heat and ventilation to the complex, but also enhance energy security of the adjacent district.
A unique footbridge crossing Filimonova Str. and Franciska Scoriny Str. will be built to connect the complex with the Slepyanskaya water and green system for the convenience of visitors and employees of Gazprom's multifunction complex.
As part of the project, Gazprom will also partake in financing a multi-level transport junction at the intersection of Filimonova Str. and Nezavisimosti Av. This will resolve traffic problems in this district of the city.
“Gazprom's complex will enhance the architectural look of Minsk and add brightness to the city. It will be another place of interest, a favorite venue for Minsk citizens and visitors. It will be nice to work, meet and rest with the family members here.
This complex will offer new business opportunities and improve the business climate of the city. At the same time it will be a convenient venue for cultural and public entertainment events.
It is also important that almost 1,900 employees of Gazprom Transgaz Belarus and other companies affiliated to Gazprom will get modern and comfortable workplaces. I am sure, it will give them a strong impetus to be actively involved in developing the Belarusian gas transmission system,” said Alexey Miller.