Moscow designing and building over 250 residential buildings and social facilities under relocation programme

May 27
Construction and renovation

Today, 259 facilities are being designed and built under the relocation programme, according to Head of Moscow’s Department of Urban Planning Policy Sergei Lyovkin.

“As of 21 May, 92 facilities with an area of 1.7 million square metres are being designed under the housing relocation programme. Construction of 167 buildings with an area of 2.3 million square metres is underway,” he noted.

The projects also call for improving the surrounding grounds and feature upgraded flats. The joint relocation programme standards include these requirements.

Modern and high-quality materials are used in interior design, and all flats have larger bathrooms. The windows are double-paned and opening windows will have screens. The kitchens are equipped with electric stoves. Tenants will have no additional expenses after relocating,” Mr Lyovkin noted.

Spacious flats in new buildings

The relocation programme stipulates construction of custom-designed buildings. They feature modern, adjustable heating systems, high-quality construction materials and triple-paned windows to help maintain a consistent temperature.

The flats themselves will also see upgrades. They will have the same number of rooms, and the living areas will be at least as large as the old ones. They will have larger kitchens and bathrooms. As a rule, the old five-story Khrushchev-era tenement buildings had six square metre kitchens; larger kitchens were rare. Larger corridors and balconies will also make the flats more spacious. The new flats will be larger by an average of 30 percent, compared to old flats. Per-person floor space will be 27.5-30 square metres, a major increase from about 18-20 square metres for the old ones.

The rooms, kitchens and corridors are covered with FLIZELIN wallpaper. The bathroom and toilet walls feature tiles. A ceramic “apron” will be included in the kitchen working area. The floors are covered with laminate, ceramic-granite or ceramic tiles, depending on what part of the flat or the building. The rooms feature veneer doors. Warm metal entrance doors are installed.

The common areas in the new buildings will be much larger, about eight times larger. There will be room for strollers and other items in the main floor’s huge halls. The old buildings only provided two to three square metres of common area per person, compared to 13-15 square metres in the new buildings. The extra floor space allows for lifts and wider hallways for convenience and a more spacious feel.

Improvements to the surrounding areas are part of the relocation programme and include upgraded social infrastructure. The surrounding grounds will be improved, local streets will be repaired or improved, and new or improved schools, kindergartens and outpatient clinics, retail outlets and leisure/recreation areas will also open.

The city’s temporary restrictions

The city has been gradually lifting the coronavirus restrictions since 12 May. Industrial and construction companies have resumed operations. The city has started implementing the relocation programme in full compliance with the new sanitary and organisational requirements.

Online public hearings are offered on the Active Citizen site to discuss planned residential-area layouts and improvements. The authorities review all comments and proposals from the public and submit them to the architects and designers.

Launched in August 2017, the relocation programme covers 5,174 buildings. It will help 350,000 families, or over one million people, improve their quality of life. In all, 431 new construction sites have been selected. Anyone can buy extra floor space at a guaranteed 10 percent discount.

Since the programme began, 56 new residential buildings have opened with a total area of 0.7 million square metres. The city plans to relocate 25 percent of programme participants by 2024.


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