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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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Wednesday, Sept. 17


AmChams Investment and Legal Committee Meeting convenes this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center at 9 a.m.


Learn more about the science of teaching English at todays EFL Seminar hosted by the British Book Center. Revolving around the topic of learning styles, the workshop will help attendees better understand the different effective learning methods that can be implemented to learn English more effectively.



Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburgs answer to the United States popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genres authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBAs newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is Handmade in Germany, an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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