“New Moscow Metro stations will be adapted for passengers with disabilities”, 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 new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro.

“A lot of attention is now being paid to creating a barrier-free environment, also with regard to the construction of new metro stations. All new metro facilities comply with the principles of inclusiveness, as projects are agreed with representatives of the All-Russian Society of Disabled People and the All Russia Association of the Blind”, specified Andrey Bochkarev.

According to the Deputy Mayor, this approach enables to create the most comfortable and safest urban environment possible.

“Culture of Accessibility” of various urban facilities was discussed during the annual Comfortable City conference, which was attended by Mosinzhproekt Group’s employees.

Evgeny Mikhailenko, Dean of the Faculty of Urban and Regional Development, National Research University Higher School of Economics, highly praised the Moscow authorities’ approach to designing metro facilities, which involves an expert assessment by wheelchair users or the visually impaired.

“In the context of a barrier-free environment, a term such as ‘universal design’ could be given. It is a set of solutions for creating an environment that is accessible to all people, regardless of age, physical features or other factors. The versatile design allows you to bring different groups of people together in a space and ensure that everyone feels comfortable in it. This is what we should strive for in our city planning”, emphasised Evgeny Mikhailenko.

The Comfortable City conference is held annually by the Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development (Moskomarkhitektura) on the initiative of Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, in order to identify current issues and trends in the field of city planning. Mosinzhproekt GC is the official partner of the conference.

This year, 35 experts from different sectors spoke at the business programme, highlighting different aspects of public and private initiatives and projects in the field of accessibility and inclusion.