New public areas are created

“During the landscaping around the new ten stations of the Big Circle Line (BCL) of the metro more than 3,000 trees and about 18,000 shrubs are being planted”, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

Mosinzhproekt Engineering Holding acts as the operator of the Moscow Metro Development Programme.

“Landscaping is a mandatory stage of the work when new metro stations are commissioned. More than 44 hectares of adjacent territories around the ten commissioned BCL stations have been landscaped,” said Andrey Bochkarev.

According to him, this is the way the city creates additional public areas with bicycle parking, public transport stops, benches, litter bins, and other small architectural forms.

For his part, Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, explained that as a result of the landscaping, a comfortable environment for all city residents has been created, and its functionality can vary depending on the existing surrounding development.

“A prime example of the landscaping can be the area near the Kuntsevskaya station, which has a problematic topography. The method of geoplastics was applied here, making it possible to create landscaped hills, organically integrating metro facilities, and arranging a separate recreation space,” said the head of the holding adding that there will also be an amphitheater, swings, and park swivel chairs.

According to him, the landscaping works at the 10 new stations include the arranging of over 13 hectares of granite pavement and over 14 hectares of asphalt pavement..

“The main thing for us to implement landscaping is to organise convenient urban space and a comfortable environment for Muscovites, as the new stations become points of attraction and recreation for all residents of the district,” specified Yuri Kravtsov.

Recall that today, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, have launched traffic on ten stations on the Big Circle Line: Terekhovo, Kuntsevskaya, Davydkovo, Aminyevskaya, Michurinsky Prospekt, Prospekt Vernadskogo, Novatorskaya, Vorontsovskaya, Zyuzino, and Kakhovskaya.

The Big Circle Line is the capital’s flagship metro construction project. The length of the BCL will be 70 km, it will accommodate 31 stations, 22 of which are already open.