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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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Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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