What will Moscow industrial zones turn into?

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There are more than 200 industrial zones in the capital; they occupy 18.8 thousand hectares or 17 percent of urban land within the old borders of Moscow. From a "rust belt" they turn into a "gold reserve", since there is almost nowhere to build, especially in the center. Dmitry Gorbik, chief project engineer at Metropolis, commented on the publication of the newspaper My District about how industrial zones are being developed today and what transformations await them in the future.

Since the beginning of the 2000s, a construction boom began in Moscow, as a result of which more or less simple land plots in the capital were bought up and built up with residential and commercial buildings. As a result, finding a place for a new facility in Moscow today is not as easy as 20 years ago, which is why the need for redeveloping unused and obsolete industrial facilities in the city is becoming ever more acute. Either more modern and environmentally friendly industries should take their place, or the city needs objects of a different nature - parks, retail or office complexes, residential buildings.

Moscow has great industrial potential, industrial territories account for 17% of its area. Realizing the need to upgrade the city, the government adopted a city program to reorganize a number of industrial enterprises. It included more than half of the industrial zones of Moscow - about 13 thousand hectares out of 18 thousand hectares occupied by the "rust belt". Today, the program is being actively implemented. Work is ongoing on the territory of the ZIL, Hammer and Sickle factories and other large facilities. From 2011 to 2016 More than 60 territory planning projects have been approved.

Industrial land is not the easiest to develop. Often in the areas there are contaminated soils that need to be removed, disposed of and replaced with clean soil. It is also not uncommon when documentation on objects of Soviet or pre-revolutionary buildings is lost, which complicates the search and shifting of engineering networks. All these features must be taken into account when working with industrial areas, so as not to get unpleasant surprises when entering the construction site.

Read the full article in the newspaper "My district"