Chapman Taylor appointed by Fort Group to redesign four Moscow shopping centres

Chapman Taylor has been appointed by Fort Group to redevelop four existing Moscow shopping centres they acquired in 2017. Feasibility studies have already been completed, and the design concept stage is now well advanced for all four asset enhancement projects.

The 175,000m² GLA Europolis Rostokino will be a major refurbishment of the former Zolotoy Babylon shopping centre in the Rostokino district of northern Moscow. Originally opened in 2009 on an 18-hectare site to hold over 400 retail units, a hypermarket, a cinema and other amenities, the centre will be redeveloped to meet Fort Group’s commercial requirements, with associated landscape reshaping and reorganisation of the layout to optimise the retail environment. The tenant mix and key functions will also be comprehensively reviewed to make the centre more relevant to current and potential markets.

We have also created a concept design for the new Fort Otradnoe shopping centre, which will involve the reconstruction of the former Zolotoy Babylon Otradnoe shopping centre in the north-eastern Moscow district of Otradnoe. The aim is to create a bright and attractive, major retail and leisure destination of 25,000m² GLA which will stand out among its several competitors in the area. Entrance and customer circulation layout will be streamlined to maximise the centre’s functionality and commercial opportunities – this will include the reconfiguration of cinema, supermarket and food court customer flows. A strong anchor tenant will be chosen for the central area of the development, while the total retail floorspace will be increased.

The former Zolotoy Babylon shopping centre in the Yasenevo district of south-east Moscow will be redesigned to become Fort Yasenevo. The site terrain creates a steep incline of five metres on each level, which allowed us to create an impressive new entrance atrium and completely transform the centre. The four-floor scheme will include three levels of retail, with cinema and F&B provision on the upper floor and parking available on lower levels (one level is shared with retail). Our design concept for the 9,000m² centre will increase the retail floorspace, add key anchor tenants and improve shopfront visibility at all levels. The needs of the local neighbourhood are a key feature of the plan, with a large and diverse F&B area proposed to serve as a community hub.

The 21,000m² Fort Schukino redevelopment will reconfigure the former Fifth Avenue shopping centre in the north-western Moscow district of Schukino to offer three floors of retail and leisure options for the local area. Circulation and wayfinding will be improved and visibility between the various levels will be created. The central atrium will be reconfigured to impress visitors and provide a bright and dynamic space, and the whole centre will be naturally lit via rooflights and glazed façades. Parking will be available on two lower levels (one level is shared with retail). As with the other centres, retail space will be increased and strong anchor tenants added, while our proposals will significantly increase the food court area, adding an excellent mix of F&B shops and stands to serve the community.

Fort Group is a longstanding client of Chapman Taylor in Russia, for whom we provided design services on the Europolis, Fort Tower, Port Nakhodka and London Mall shopping centres in St Petersburg. We are delighted to be working in partnership with them on these key Moscow renewal projects. 

For more information, please contact:

Ram Khatiwada
Director (Moscow)

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