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New Holland Development Announces New Plan for City's Favorite Destination

Published: June 10, 2014 (Issue # 1814)



  • Under the new plan, the construction period will be divided into several phases to accelerate public access.
    Photo: Petr Timofeev / New Holland Development

New Holland Development announced on June 9 that it is preparing a new, updated plan for the restoration and reconstruction of New Holland Island, which includes a full-scale park zone along the Admiralty Canal and the territory surrounding the islands internal water features.

Under the new plan, the construction period will be divided into several phases in order to accelerate public access to one of the citys most popular landmarks. The company says that St. Petersburgs residents and tourists will again be able to visit the island by the end of 2015.

The success of the Summer at New Holland program, held from 2011 to 2013, demonstrated the necessity for creating a park area and recreational infrastructure on the island. In light of this, the original plans to build along the Admiralty Canal side of the island have been scrapped.

The former foundry building and the pond are expected to open along with the park area, hosting a series of cultural events and a winter ice skating rink. Work on the remainder of New Hollands historic buildings will continue while the island remains open to the public.

As a result of these changes in concept, New Holland Development has had to shelve the development plan drafted by WORKac, who were chosen for the project as a result of a public contest held in 2011, because it included construction of a new building.

The new general plan for the island is being developed by Dutch urban planning firm West 8, which specializes in landscape design and public spaces.

The restoration and reconstruction of New Hollands historic buildings are being conducted in accordance with plans approved by regulatory agency KGIOP. The planned functional uses of the buildings remain as previously announced. They include exhibition and art spaces, childrens and youth educational centers, offices, stores, a cinema and hotel type serviced apartments.

Following the reopening, a schedule of programming similar to what has been offered in past summers will be held year-round, making New Holland one of St. Petersburgs most important social and cultural centers. The Iris Foundation, which focuses on the support and development of contemporary culture, will continue in its organizational role for these events.





 


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Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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