The accessible, sporting and promising Nagorny District continues to develop

December 26, 2020
Social sector

At first glance, there is nothing special about the Nagorny District, stretching along Varshavskoye Motorway and the Moscow Railway’s Pavelets Line. Local residents note some positive aspects including safety and green courtyards, as well as favourable facilities for children, such as nearby kindergartens. The district also has many schools and universities, convenient public transit and a unique sports infrastructure.

This story shows how the Nagorny District has changed in the past few years, and what changes can be expected in the near future.

From school to technology park

The Nagorny District now offers everything for convenient studies and work. Its schools have won a reputation for high-quality. Bauman Engineering School No. 1580 ranks among the city’s best 70 schools. Olympus School No. 1450, School No. 1862 and School No. 504 have also topped the charts over the years.

In the past three years, maintenance has been conducted at School No. 2016 at 17 Chongarsky Boulevard and School No. 1450 at 27 Krivorozhskaya Street. The grounds at School No. 1450 at 12 Chongarsky Boulevard and a kindergarten at 8 Fruktovaya Street, Block 4 have also been improved. There are also plans to demolish the school building at 6 Bolotnikovskaya Street and build a new school for 450 students. It is also intended to build two schools, for 600 students each, a school with primary education classrooms for 575 pupils and three kindergartens for 550 children.

Bauman Engineering School No. 1580

From late 2020, education for young students with mental disabilities has been offered here. All-inclusive workshops at 68 Varshavskoye Motorway, Block 1 provide students with hobbies and career guidance.

Students can learn how to weave, decorate interiors, make felt boots, ceramic goods and decorative carpentry using technologies, equipment and materials for people with disabilities.

Those seeking a higher education can enroll at the Moscow Finance and Law University with majors in over 50 fields and ranks among the best nationally accredited private universities. The university also offers Moscow School Student Saturdays.  

Various specialists, including scientists, can find jobs near their homes in this district. The Scientific Research Institute of Technical Physics and Automation, affiliated with the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, teaches nuclear medicine, radiation technologies and radio-nuclide energy generation. Its innovations are used at nuclear and other power plants, at mining, oil and gas, and petrochemical plants, at aircraft repair plants and medical institutions.

The Scientific Research Institute of Probiotics and the All-Russian Scientific Research and Design Institute of Hard Alloys and Refractory Metals can also be found here.

The All-Russian Scientific Research and Design Institute of Hard Alloys and Refractory Metals

The Technology Park Nagatino, given its status in 2015, helps expand business operations and creates jobs. Over 40 resident companies are part in this technology park, which also includes the Svobodnoye Plavaniye (Detached Mission) co-working facility for almost 120 specialists.

Resident companies specialise in light industry, instrument engineering, bioengineering, IT and the printing sector. They manufacture a wide range of products, including innovative thermal underwear, exclusive books, as well as more sophisticated items like industrial air conditioners, laser machine-tools, printed circuit boards, test systems for laboratory diagnostics, equipment for detecting genetically modified organisms, etc.

Technopark Nagatino

Accessible public transit

The Nagorny District ranks among the most convenient areas in terms of public transit. Residents can easily access buses, trams, the metro, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) or commuter trains on the Moscow Railway’s Pavelets Line. Residents have 90 bus and tram stops.

The rebuilt Varshavskoye Motorway allows drivers to quickly reach central Moscow, the Third Ring Road and MKAD. Chongarsky Boulevard and Nakhimovsky and Balaklavsky prospekts link the district with neighbouring districts.

The first local metro station, Varshavskaya, opened in 1969, followed by the Nagornaya and Nagatinskaya stations 14 years later. Varshavskya is now closed for an overhaul and will become part of the Big Circle Line after the project is completed in 2022. The station will turn into a large transit hub providing seamless connections with a railway platform and surface transport. KM buses carry passengers free from Kashirskaya to the Varshavskaya and Kakhovskaya stations.

The Varshavskaya transit hub.  Design solution

The MCC’s Verkhniye Kotly station opened in 2016. The belt railway allowed residents of the district’s northern section to board trains within walking distance, to reach neighbouring districts more quickly and to change to metro lines outside central Moscow. In late 2018, the MCC was connected to the Moscow Railway’s Pavelets Line. The Verkhniye Kotly stop was built, and an indoor passageway completed for easy changes. Passengers now walk only 50 metres, rather than 900 metres, and congestion has been reduced at the Nagatinskaya metro station on the Serphukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line and the Paveletsky Railway Station. The city improved areas around the MCC’s Verkhniye Kotly station and the Verkhniye Kotly railway platform. Pavements and the carriageway were resurfaced, and 190 new lights, 70 benches and rubbish cans were installed. The area has received 170 new trees and 600 shrubs, with new grass. Public transit passengers can use seven new and clean bus stops. Playgrounds and sport facilities have also been upgraded.

Sports and a healthy lifestyle

Alpine skiers know the Nagorny District because its Kant Sport Complex offers 17 snowboarding and ski courses with a total length of 3,550 metres, including nine courses for beginners. The Complex has a sport school and a café, a roller-skating slope and a bike park.

The Kant Sport Complex. Photo: Maxim Denisov,

The Nagorny bike park near the MCC’s Verkhniye Kotly station is for BMX and mountain bikers and other bikes. Skateboarders and extreme sport lovers will not be bored either with a climbing wall, and a rope park stretches above the park. All sites are decorated with graffiti art.

The Nagorny bike park

A physical fitness and exercise facility will be built in 2024 on Elektrolitny Proyezd during the redevelopment of the Verkhniye Kotly industrial zone. An all-season indoor skating rink will also be built soon by popular demand.

New Angara centre and comfortable relaxing

The improved district has received comfortable places for leisure and walks. Chongarsky Boulevard offers a new pedestrian alley with benches and playgrounds.

A public garden with a semi-round pergola, park couches and 30 lights was built near 6B Bolotnikovskaya Street. Walkways, wooden sheds and a modern game area were built in a courtyard for veterans on the other side of the street. Coniferous trees, shrubs and a new lawn were planted there.

Chernomorsky Boulevard, one of the main local promenades, received a comfortable area with garden couches, pergola arches and summer-houses. It has two sporting grounds for outdoor recreation, four tennis tables and a playground.

People can also walk near Krivorozhsky Pond where silt has been removed from the bottom, the waterfront has been reinforced, and convenient walkways built.

Chongarsky Boulevard

In 2018-2019, 49 courtyards were improved, and 18 playgrounds and 15 sporting grounds installed. The locals chose some facilities by voting on the Active Citizen website. For example, a dog-run area was built near 3A Fruktovaya Street. Game areas and street workout exercisers were installed near 8 Fruktovaya Street , Block 1and 50 and 69Varshavskoye Motorway, blocks 1 and 2.

The opening of the first  multi-functional district centre of public services in 2019 (the first out of 39 such centres at former cinemas hat are being built ot renovated on the basis of former cinemas)  became a landmark event. The old Angara cinema on Chongarsky Boulevard became a modern cultural/leisure facility with four cinemas for 339 viewers, a leisure area, rooms for workshops and children’s hobby groups, a gallery with cafés and restaurants and farmers’ shops. Angara retains its original name and the unique sign that the cinema used to display on the building roof.

The district’s residents will eventually receive another attractive facility near the Nagatinskaya metro station, a 230,000 square metre shopping mall and office development. It will accommodate a café/confectionery shop, a food court, a conference hall, a grocery store and 73 other stores.


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