A team led by London-based masterplanners Gillespies has been announced as the winner of an international competition to design the largest theme park in Europe. Planned for a 1,000-hectare site in the Domodevdovo district of Moscow, “Park Russia” aims to merge concepts of healthy living, entertainment and education into one commercially attractive tourist destination.
The winning Cushman & Wakefield-led UK consortium includes architectural design firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, engineer Buro Happold, cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall and place makers Fourth Street.
With a potential of 10 million visitors per annum, the park’s masterplanners will first work to refine their business strategy of dividing the park into three main zones. This will aid the £5 billion development mission to establish a “strong tourism resort destination” that encourages both day and overnight visitors. Feilden Clegg Bradley will be responsible for designing the park’s cultural and commercial facilities, focusing primarily on a central transport interchange that will maximize rail access and serve as the park’s gateway.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios partner Andy Theobald said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity of creating the first element of an extremely ambitious vision – planting a seed that will potentially grow into a sustainable and playful cultural parkland."
Jim Diggle, Partner at Gillespies who led the design team, added: "Gillespies’ masterplan for Park Russia celebrates the country’s unique history, cultural legacy and future. Park Russia embraces innovative sustainable design, with best practice green principles enshrined in the masterplan and major constituent design components such as buildings, landscape and supporting infrastructure."
The “Park Russia” competition was organized by the Russia Geographic Society and Moscow Region Government.