In spite of the forced pause, we are implementing all plans


Builder’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday in August. On the eve of this holiday, Sergey Levkin, head of the Moscow City Planning Policy Department, told Vechernyaya Moscow about the situation in the Moscow construction industry, which is now overcoming the consequences of the pandemic.

– Sergey Ivanovich, last year in Moscow a record amount of real estate was commissioned, including housing. What are your plans for the commissioning of real estate this year?

– This year, 8.5 million square meters of real estate should be built and put into operation in the capital, including 3.6 million square meters of housing. Naturally, restrictions in the work of most construction sites in the capital due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus infection raised concerns. But, since the Moscow government has long set itself the goal of being ahead of the curve and looking ahead for several years, I am sure that a large number of facilities in a high degree of readiness will make it possible to meet the commissioning plan.

In addition, a pause in the actual conduct of work did not mean a complete stop of all processes. Thanks to the work on the conversion of construction documents into electronic form, and on the instructions of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, we have been doing it for several years, for example, we have not stopped putting housing into operation. That is, if the developer had all the necessary documents on hand, and many of them can now also be obtained in electronic form, then the entire “paper” part of the input was carried out online. I note that this practice was tested in the capital even before the pandemic, and many developers have already appreciated its convenience.

As a result, the forced downtime, I hope, will not cause significant damage and turn out to be uncritical for the tasks set before us by the mayor of Moscow. To date, 5.3 million square meters of real estate have already been commissioned in the capital, including 2.4 million square meters of housing, which is 62 and 67 percent of the annual plan, respectively. I think today there is no reason why the annual plan may not be fulfilled.

– How is the work on the elimination of long-term construction projects in the capital progressing? How many are left?

– First of all, let me remind you that the work to reduce the objects of unfinished construction, or, more simply, long-term construction, has been carried out since 2011 within the framework of the Task Force created in the Department of Urban Development Policy of the city of Moscow by the decision of Sergei Sobyanin.

The members of the Task Force work with the List of construction in progress, which is updated annually based on the proposals of the prefectures of administrative districts and other executive authorities of the city of Moscow, whose representatives are part of it.

The list includes both objects, decisions on which were made back in the 1970s – 1980s, and objects, the validity of construction permits for which expired in the period up to 2018.

Of the 781 objects included in this list, 517 objects were excluded as of July 1, 2020. Including, since the beginning of 2020, 16 objects have been excluded. Of these 517 objects, 148 were put into operation, at 222 – construction work was resumed, 137 objects were liquidated, since the work was either not started at all, or the structures were dismantled, and the territories of the construction sites were well arranged. In addition, 10 unauthorized objects were also excluded from the list.

To date, the task force is working with 264 objects: 87 construction projects on the city order, 154 – investment, 23 – federal. There are many examples of the positive work of the Task Force, and many of them are heard. So, thanks to her efforts, it was possible to resume the construction of the RANEPA multifunctional building on Vernadsky Prospekt, known to Muscovites under the nickname “Blue Tooth”.

In addition, construction sites have started working again, where a multifunctional administrative and residential complex is being built in Serebryakova Passage, the MAI educational building on Orshanskaya Street, multifunctional complexes on Leningradsky Prospekt and Paveletskaya Square.

A multifunctional hotel complex on Khromova Street, educational and laboratory buildings of RUDN University on the street were put into operation. Miklukho-Maclay and the aparthotel in the 3rd Avtozavodsky passage.

One of the methods for solving the problem of long-term construction is close interaction of executive authorities with state customers, investors-developers, specialized federal executive authorities.

The work of the Task Force, where the most problematic issues are resolved, allows the city administration to make specific decisions on the further implementation of projects, for example, to allocate funding for the completion of facilities or dismantling of structures with subsequent work on the improvement of the territory. Of course, we are all interested in the “white spots” of long-term construction disappearing forever from the map of Moscow.

– A large volume of social facilities is being commissioned in Moscow. Tell us about the most interesting projects.

– First of all, I would like to note that in our work we focus on creating a comfortable urban environment for Muscovites and city guests, as well as improving the quality of life of citizens. The city is pursuing a balanced urban planning policy, and schools, hospitals, and sports facilities appear in Moscow simultaneously with neighborhoods.

Several world-class facilities have already been commissioned in the capital this year. For example, at the expense of the city budget, a 330-bed perinatal-cardiological building was built at the Vorokhobov City Clinical Hospital No. 67 on Salyam Adil Street.

This medical facility is one of the largest and most modern perinatal centers in Russia for children who were born with heart pathologies.

Another example is the sports complex of the Severny Olympic Reserve School on Arsyukov Street in the North-Eastern Administrative District. It has already become the main training base for Moscow athletes – members of the Russian national modern pentathlon team. Athletes have at their disposal a versatile sports and gymnasium, a 25 meter indoor swimming pool, an air gun shooting range, a stadium with three circular treadmills, an equestrian arena, a jumping riding field and an outdoor tennis court. In addition to pentathletes, the Severny Olympic Reserve School will also train children involved in archery, swimming, fencing, and bullet shooting as separate sports. Another direction of the school is triathlon, which is gaining more and more popularity both in the country and in the world.

I can’t help but mention the “Dream Island”, which appeared thanks to the redevelopment of territories. The theme park in Nagatinskaya Poima became the first entertainment center in Russia and the largest in Europe. There are eight fairy worlds with characters from famous cartoons and attractions, a city promenade under giant glass domes and a landscaped park with a wide variety of playgrounds for children, families and sports grounds. I have no doubt that in the near future “Dream Island” will become a place of attraction for people from all over the world and will confirm the status of the capital as one of the best megacities on Earth.

Of the facilities currently under construction, I would like to single out the Scientific and Methodological Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS at Kosmodamianskaya Embankment in the Central Administrative District. The construction is financed from the federal budget, and the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor became the main customer for the construction. The center will include a multidisciplinary polyclinic designed for 300 visits per day, as well as diagnostic units – X-ray, functional diagnostics and endoscopy.

Large-scale construction continues at Luzhniki – here the investor is building the Crystal Ice Palace, which is being built on the site of the old ice rink of the same name, which was closed more than 10 years ago. There will be an infrastructure for hockey and figure skating lovers – two full-size ice arenas, as well as a spa area with a 25-meter swimming pool.

In addition, a multifunctional sports hall and a gym will operate in the renovated Kristall. It is planned to be operational by the end of 2020.

Luzhniki is a world-class sports complex, but not only the highest achievements are important for us. The development of social and sports infrastructure at the district level is our primary task. That is why it is so important to complete the construction of the Solntsevo Ice Palace this year, where there will be a modern ice arena and a training ice rink, as well as a hockey school.

Undoubtedly, the School of Choreography and Fine Arts, the construction of which is being completed in the 18th quarter of the Lomonosovsky district, will also become the center of regional significance. Here for the children the doors will be opened for the classes of sculpture, painting, applied art and history of art, choreography.

Moscow is truly becoming a beautiful and comfortable city for life.


Sergey Ivanovich Levkin was born in 1961 in Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka region. Graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military Civil Engineering School of the Red Banner and the correspondence department of the American University of Management. He headed a number of large organizations, including the “Military Construction Administration of the City of Moscow”, “Special Economic Zones” and others. He worked in the civil service. Since April 2011 – Head of the Department of Urban Development Policy of the city of Moscow.


Source: Vechernya Moskva