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Multifunctional Business Centre with the International Exhibition Centre for Handicrafts

Name: ‘Russkoye Podvorye', the Centre for Handicrafts in the Eastern Administrative District

Location: Izmailovo, Eastern Administrative District, Moscow

Land lot: the total area of the land lot allocated for the three stages of the Centre for Handicrafts is 6.3 hectares. The area of land lot allocated for the first-stage development is 4.1745 hectares.

Legal and regulatory base: the decree of the Moscow city administration No. 597 dated 4 August 1998 ‘On Creating ‘Russkoye Podvorye', the Cultural Centre for Handicrafts in the Eastern Administrative District, and the System for Training in Handicrafts' and the Decree No. 40-PP dated 16 January 2001 ‘On the Current State, Perspectives for the Development of and on the Support to the Craftsmanship in Moscow'

The decree of the Moscow city administration No. 701-PP dated 31 July 2001 ‘On the Urban Development Plan for the Territory of the Eastern Administrative District up to 2020'

The decree No. 1132-V-RP issued by the prefect of the Eastern Administrative District on 31 October 2003

The decree No. 1129-V-RP issued by the prefect of the Eastern Administrative District on 31 October 2003

The decree No. 1130-V-RP issued by the prefect of the Eastern Administrative District on 31 October 2003

Project development: the project documentation and cost estimates for the second-stage objects are currently being developed.

Project description: creation of a city centre ‘Vernisazh v Izmailovo', a unified territorial multifunctional compound incorporating the Centre for Handicrafts.

The Centre for Handicrafts is designed as a unified architectural ensemble styled as part of a Russian city of the times before Peter the Great. The design, construction and start of commercial operations of the Centre for Handicrafts are divided into three stages.

The first stage stipulates constructing non-residential premises with the total area over 25,000 sq. meters.

At the second stage, the following objects of the Centre for Handicrafts are to be constructed:

- ‘International Exhibition Centre for Handicrafts', an exhibition facility with parking lots for 300 cars and the premises to be leased to small companies with the total area no less than 19,000 sq. meters;

- a multi-storey garage and parking for 240 cars which will allow to use land lots in the district for planting trees thus improving the environmental situation in the district;

- ‘Alley of Fairy Tales' with playgrounds for children.

At the third stage, the following objects of the Centre for Handicrafts are to be constructed:

- an exhibition of the Russian Naval Assembly devoted to the tri-centennial anniversary of the Russian Navy;

- an Alley of Painting, a Park of Sculpture and Rock Paintings and Antiquary Shops;

- a ‘Wind-Mill' restaurant also containing a museum of peasant life;

- an ‘Inn'.

Forms of co-operation: OOO ‘Vernisazh v izmailovo' finances the design and development of the Centre for Handicrafts. The company is also the customer and developer for the operations related to the design and construction of the Centre for Handicrafts facilities. The co-operation plan does not stipulate participation of third parties.

Main technical and economic characteristics: construction of non-residential premises with the area over 50,000 sq. meters.

Total cost of the project: ---

Project implementation stage: the commercial operation of the first-stage facilities in the Centre for Handicrafts has begun.

The engineering infrastructure has been developed (drainage, water supply pipelines, heat supply pipelines, central heat supply station, power supply mains 2  ?  630 kVA and electric cables). In October 2003, the commercial operation of the following objects in ‘Russkoye Podvorye', the Centre for Handicrafts in the Eastern Administrative District, began: ‘Street of Handicrafts', ‘Town of Craftsmen' and the ‘Church of St. Nicholas, the Patron of Handicrafts'. Non-residential premises with the total area over 25,000 sq. meters were constructed, including:

- premises for ‘Danila Master', a vocational and arts lyceum, with the total area over 3,700 sq. meters;

- training, production and workshop premises for the ‘Town of Craftsmen' with the total area over 5,500 sq. meters;

- training, production and workshop premises for the ‘Forge Shop' with the total area over 5,500 sq. meters;

- exhibition shops on the ‘Street of Handicrafts' with the total area over 5,000 sq. meters;

- premises in the Church of St. Nicholas, the Patron of Handicrafts, with the total area over 900 sq. meters;

- premises in the ‘Palace of Russian Cuisine' with the total area over 4,500 sq. meters.

The project documentation and cost estimates for the second-stage objects are currently being developed. The work has not been started yet.

Documentation for the third-stage facilities of the Centre for Handicrafts is not available.

Project status: documentation for the second stage is currently being developed.

The branch body of the executive power of the city of Moscow supervising the project: the department for the Support and Development of Small Business in Moscow and the prefecture of the Eastern Administrative District.

Project aim: revival and development of craftsmanship which is an integral part of the cultural heritage of all nations in the Russian Federation. The project implementation will make it possible to:

•  preserve historical and popular traditions of the city;

•  revive the craftsmanship culture;

•  integrate concepts of the vocational training into the educational system;

•  create new jobs;

•  promote products and services offered by small business competitive with large companies' products;

•  increase the number of tourists.

Non-residential premises will be offered to craftsmen and small companies at discount rates.

The implementation of the project will allow the Russian Federation regions (autonomous republics, national autonomous okrug , territories and oblast ) to create exhibitions of national and territorial areas in the Centre for Handicrafts. This will promote traditions of national handicraft, decorative and applied art and of folk art in line with the aspirations of all nations in the Russian Federation to preserve their unique national features and to develop their own national culture.

Historical information: before revolution, Russia with its ancient cultural traditions boasted large volumes of the handicrafts production of the pieces of culture, art and household goods. Currently, because of the expansion of the tourist industry and inasmuch as Moscow is a major economic, political and cultural centre, handicraft goods are in high demand, especially souvenirs and pieces of art with carry the symbols of the capital of Russia.
 

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