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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, Oct. 30


Dental-Expo St. Petersburg 2014 concludes today at Lenexpo. Welcoming specialists from throughout the federation, the forum is an opportunity for dentists to share tricks of the trade and peruse the most recent innovations in technology and equipment, with over 100 companies hocking their wares at the event.



Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Centers Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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