Victory in campaign against Gazprom tower


St Petersburg’s historic skyline looks safe, after Gazprom’s planned sky-scraper has been given the push from the northern capital’s centre. St Petersburg City Hall announced that a new place to build will be decided soon. “We have asked builders to present other locations for the building,” said Igor Metelsky, deputy governor.

Fierce public opposition erupted when gas giant Gazprom got the go-ahead from St Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko to build the needle-like tower next to the 18th century Smolny Cathedral. Critics – from UNESCO to local residents – said the Okhta Center’s 400 meter tower would ruin the city’s classical skyline.

Nikolai Kazansky, CEO of consulting company Colliers International, said a less salubrious location would be selected this time. “The Okhta Center-2 could now be built in an industrial belt, at the crossroads of the historic centre and the dormitory areas of St Petersburg,” he told the local news agency, Fontanka.

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