“Natural stone and other materials from the Russian regions are used in the landscaping of the areas around the Big Circle Line (BCL) metro stations”, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies is a general designer and general contractor to build the new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro.

“The area around each BCL station is undergoing comprehensive landscaping, including planting of trees, turfs, installation of benches and other small architectural forms, as well as paving of walkways. Convenient routes are being created from the metro to nearby residential buildings, offices, social infrastructure, and ground public transport stops. Materials produced by national factories and natural stone mined at the Russian deposits are mainly used”, informed Andrey Bochkarev.

The head of the Construction Complex gave an example of the Aminyevskaya BCL station: the adjacent area is being paved with granite tiles within the framework of the created transport interchange hub. White granite from one of the world’s largest deposits of natural stone, considering natural occurrence, the Tashmurunskoye deposit in Bashkortostan, and Gabbro black granite from Karelia are being laid.

Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, noted that the choice of material to improve the stations could also be stipulated by the artistic concept.

“For instance, 15 thousand square metres of the central avenue leading from the Sokolniki BCL station, which is under construction, to the same name park will be paved with red clinker brick made in Russia. This colour symbolises belonging to the Sokolnicheskaya Line, the first metro line in Moscow, which was launched in 1935”, added Yuri Kravtsov.

The head of the engineering holding recalled that there would be an interchange from the prospective Sokolniki station of the Big Circle Line to Sokolniki of the red line.
“Red brick is also used to clad the ventilation kiosks located on the avenue. All five of these engineering structures will thus blend harmoniously into the surrounding space”, emphasised Yuri Kravtsov.

The head of Mosinzhproekt specified that clinker brick is made from a special type of clay burned at a temperature of around 1200° which gives the brick different shades of red colour.

Creation of the Big Circle Line is the principal project of the Moscow Metro construction. Its length will exceed 70 km, and it will accommodate 31 stations, 22 of which are already open to passengers.