Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, just outside Moscow, is the largest development project in Russia and, by some measures, in Europe. This mixed-use development for 30,000 people with a total construction area of 2.7 million square metres is planned to be built 3km from Moscow on a 430-hectare area. The project will cost more than $3bn. Its masterplan was developed by British architectural firm John Thomson & Partners. Among its various features will be a ‘historic’ centre of the city comprising a citadel, old town, fishermen’s village and villas in the woods. It will also contain a business park.

Oleg Lipatov, general director of the project, says the preparatory phase is close to completion, including planning and approvals.

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A group of international and Russian architectural companies have been commissioned with planning the various districts of the town and other elements of infrastructure necessary for the first phase.