A General Contractor Chosen to Develop Pulkovo Airport
Northern Capital Gateway Ltd announced the general contractor to build the first stage of the development of Pulkovo Airport. The winner from among six European contenders is a joint venture of the Italian construction company Astaldi, and IC, a Turkish construction company.
The sub-contractors were also named. The Italian-Turkish consortium will work with Metrostroi, and Siemens. The contract will be signed in early March. The general contractor was chosen according to the level of international experience in building large aviation hubs, as well as the ability to combine European standards of service and quality with Russian construction norms and requirements.
``We are certain of the successful development of Pulkovo Airport and construction of a new passenger terminal which will make St. Petersburg more beautiful,'' said Sergei Emdin, general director of Northern Capital Gateway.
ExpoForum general director, Anatoly Erkulov, said that, ``We are following the modernization of the airport very closely because the future of the convention industry in St Petersburg depends on it. Increasing the airport's passenger flow capacity by 1.5-fold will allow for more extensive travel routes. Direct flights to the major cities of the world is one of the most important factors when deciding where to hold an international convention. At the moment, we are happy that the project progresses according to schedule.''
Source: Delevoi Peterburg
St. Petersburg was named the most comfortable Russian city for the quality of living, according to a rating conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
ExpoForum Was Praised as one of the Largest Investment Projects in St. Petersburg's Pushkin District
On February 21, the city council of St. Petersburg's Pushkin district presented the social and economic development results for 2010, and listed the main challenges and goals for 2011.
This month ExpoForum JSC representatives met with leading Chinese government and business leaders in the framework of a St. Petersburg business and cultural delegation to Beijing, which was organised by the St. Petersburg City Government Committee for External Relations and the Russian Cooperation Federal Agency.
ExpoForum experts completed training for the international rating company, LEED, which is an American certification system that bestows a ``green'' status on a completed structure.
The International Social Media Conference was held on February 14 at the St. Petersburg hotel, Holiday Inn Moscow Gates. Representatives from ExpoForum took part in the discussions which covered topics such as the most effective ways to use social networks, how to monitor them, and their major development trends.
Today, ExpoForum representatives took part in a meeting of the Senator Club that was dedicated to St Petersburg's tourism potential. One of the meeting's results was the decision for business and government to join forces in the framework of a newly created Convention Bureau that will promote the city on the international events market.
Construction of the gas pipeline is part of larger plans to develop the engineering infrastructure on the site of the future ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, construction of which begins later this year.
In 2011 four major international hotel chains are expected to begin operations in St Petersburg. According to BaltInfo news agency, these include Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Domina Hotels & Resorts.
A new tourist programme, ``Guest Card to St. Petersburg,’’ has been created in the Northern Capital.
ExpoForum’s Convention and Exhibition Centre will be built according to the highest environmental standards, the so-called golden certificate issued by the prominent American organization, U.S. Green Building Council, LEED.