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March 11, 2011

METROPOL Group of Companies Signs Agreement with Nikken Sekkei (Japan)

Putnik Siberia, part of METROPOL Group of Companies, and the Japanese-based architectural and engineering company Nikken Sekkei Ltd signed an agreement in Moscow today.
According to the agreement, Nikken Sekkei will develop a conceptual design for the construction of the “Baikal Harbor International Tourist Center” in the “Baikal Harbor” Special Economic Zone in the Republic of Buryatia.

Earlier, on 12 November 2010, at the 4th Russian-Japanese Investment Forum in Tokyo, METROPOL and Nikken Sekkei signed a memorandum on the implementation of energy saving and innovative technologies in the construction of the “International Tourist Center on Baikal” in the “Baikal Harbor” Special Economic Zone in the Republic of Buryatia.

Mitsuo Nakamura, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, said, “Baikal must be preserved as a unique natural body. This is why we must use technologies that would not harm the environment of the lake. We believe this to be our main task as designers”.

Mikhail Slipenchuk, Head of METROPOL Group of Companies, agreed with his Japanese colleagues, “To build the “Baikal Harbor”, we need to use the most advanced environment-friendly materials and technologies. The complex will be positioned as a destination for all kinds of tourists, from those booking presidential suites to those preferring modest family recreation. Besides, the “Baikal Harbor” will host various events – sports, musical performances, etc. Our Japanese colleagues have vast experience in designing such multipurpose facilities with minimal interference with the environment”.

Background

“Baikal Harbor” project
LLC Putnik Siberia, part of METROPOL Group of Companies, is one of the residents of the “Baikal Harbor” Special Economic Zone of tourism and vacation type in the Republic of Buryatia.
The creation of the “Baikal Harbor” Special Economic Zone of tourism and vacation type is a large-scale development project to be implemented by METROPOL. In particular, the following facilities will be built in the Turka settlement on the Baikal shore: congress center with a convertible stage for events of any scale and theme; harbor station with a complex of piers capable of mooring any existing and future types of vessels on the Baikal; Rybatskaya Derevnya (Fishing Village) complex with hotels; exhibition halls; eco- and agrotourism facilities; retail and entertainment venues; world-class yacht club with a complete range of services according to established yacht servicing standards; landscaping features, including shoreline promenades, a lighthouse, mini gardens, as well as modern environment-friendly engineering infrastructure.


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