Artplay Design Centre gets creative technology park status

June 9
Economy and entrepreneurship

The Artplay Design Centre was the first in Moscow to receive the status of a creative technology park. Sergei Sobyanin signed the relevant    executive order. Yauza Realty is Artplay’s managing company.

The decision to implement the pilot project on establishing creative technology parks was adopted in 2019 to support the thriving sector of creative industries. To date, about 100,000 creative companies with over 320,000 employees are operating in Moscow.

The creative technology park status may be given to creative spaces that meet the following criteria:

— no less than 20 percent of lessee companies represent creative industries;

— 70 percent or more of the residents are small and medium-sized businesses;

— creative residents occupy no less than 25 percent of the technology park area;

— manufacturing enterprises occupy no more than 20 percent of its area;

— the maximum share of the total area occupied by one resident is equal to 30 percent;

— the applicant has no less than two infrastructure facilities intended for developing creative industries;

— the total area of the technology park is no less than 10,000 square meters.

Technology park residents may claim a reimbursement for the purchase of equipment.

A company that bought imported equipment at its own expense will be compensated for 25 percent of the cost; if it bought domestically-made equipment, 35 percent of the cost will be reimbursed. The same compensation percentage applies to leased equipment. If a company takes out a loan to buy equipment, the city is prepared to reimburse the interest in the amount of the Central Bank’s key rate. If a company purchases Russian-made equipment using a loan, the compensation will be five percent more. The maximum subsidy amount is 10 million roubles a year.

Technology parks’ managing companies are eligible for grants to develop their property complexes, including the purchase of specialised equipment.

Artplay – the first creative technology park

The Artplay Design Centre came to be in 2003. It is situated in the workshops of the former Manometer Plant at 10 Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya Street. The centre specialises in architecture, design and art.

The Artplay site accommodates several hundred associations, among which are:

— over 400 companies in the creative sector, including more than 60 architectural and construction firms, 40 design studios and 20 advertising  agencies;

— Universal University for creative industries, comprising the British Higher School of Art & Design, the GameDev school Scream School, Moscow Film School, Moscow Architectural School MARCH, MACS Business & Entrepreneurship School, Moscow Music School, Moscow School of Contemporary Art and Moscow Food Academy;

— RMA business and gallery management school;

— Artplay Media Digital Art Centre, which hosts multimedia exhibitions, film screenings, performances, concerts, art lectures and literary readings involving digital technology;

— two co-working spaces, 14 cafes and restaurants, numerous bookshops, printing workshops, beauty salons and language centres.

Artplay residents include such architectural and design companies as IND Architects, Alpbau, Wowhaus, Kleinewelt Architekten, Buromoscow, Аrchstruktura, Severin Group, Jauzaproject, Real.intellect and NoomeoRus.

About 3,500 people work in the Artplay space.

In addition, Moscow has several more creative areas, which may apply for the status of a creative technology park. One of which is the Fabrika Centre for Creative Industries, established in 2005 on the grounds of the former Oktyabr non-printing paper factory (18 Perevedenovsky Pereulok). The centre specialises in design and performance arts.

The Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art has been working at the former Moscow Bavaria brewery (1/8 4th Syromyatnichesky Pereulok, Bldg. 6) since 2007.

The Flacon Design Factory (36 Bolshaya Novodmitrovskaya Street) has also applied for this status. It was founded at the former Mikhail Kalinin cut-glass factory in 2009. Its core specialisations are media and architecture.


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