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15 companies seek contract to develop Minsk City concept

Fifteen companies have submitted applications to develop an architectural concept of the Minsk City business center. Seven of the companies have already confirmed their intentions, Minsk Mayor Nikolai Ladutko told reporters on 23 January, BelTA has learnt.

Among the bidders are renowned development companies, including firms from Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Applications were also submitted by Minsk-based architects. Nikolai Ladutko underlined that the project is very important for Minsk; the development concept should meet modern trends.

The international tender to choose the Minsk City architectural development concept was announced at the end of 2012. Initially the deadline was set for 31 January and the winner was to be announced in February. However, the organizers decided to extend the deadline until May, because companies need time to prepare the necessary papers, BelTA learnt from Chairman of the Architecture and Urban Planning Committee of the Minsk City Hall Alexander Petrov. The tender is held together with the Russian company Inteco.

The Minsk City project stipulates for the construction of a multifunctional complex in the Belarusian capital. It will cover 312.8 hectares in Minsk downtown and will house a residential neighborhood, commercial real estate and administrative buildings. It will feature a business center, hotels and suites of rooms, a shopping mall, a gym, a green area and a recreation area. The project provides for the necessary social infrastructure in the residential area (consumer services, healthcare and educational facilities, community facilities, multi-level parking lots, a police station, a fire station, etc).

There will be at least five construction phases; the height of residential buildings will not exceed 75 meters, that of public and multifunctional buildings – 50 meters. The developers should take into consideration the borders of land plots and the order of factory relocation from the area, and provide for three types of residential buildings (small-size housing, economy class housing and luxury housing).

The tender aims at choosing the best architectural concept that meets modern urban planning trends. The new project should be able to turn the territory under construction into a new business center of the capital city. The architects are to create a new image of Minsk downtown, comfortable and convenient for businesses and residents, with advanced infrastructure and uncompromising security standards.