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Nikolo Khovanskoye New Town

The New Town project is part of the A101 masterplan for wider urban development in Leninsky Area, Moscow Region. The project aims to create a platform for the development of a holistically sustainable communites within Russia, accounting for the balance of ecological, social and economical factors within the specific context of south-west Moscow. It is set to address city’s  growing middle-class population and a substantial demand for a suburban lifestyle. 


The New Town provides for a socio-mix of residents by including varying ranges of size and affordability of dwellings, thus providing a balanced work force to sustain local businesses and services reducing need for commuting. However the inevitable commuter movement into Moscow was taken into account by a provision of a highway to the city and a development of an analysis-based parking strategy. The proposal also incorporates a high-speed tramline to encourage a shift towards more ecologically sensitive mass transportation. The tramline could potentially extend to the two adjacent international airports creating an more efficient alternative to road travel.


The development is planned around a tree-lined boulevard and 2 cross-linking parks, enabling the residents to access green open space. These green spaces feed into the surrounding natural forests and wetlands thus helping to create a hightened sense of place. This takes precedence from the wave of English Victorian-era garden cities that provided a breath of fresh air to London city dwellers.


The New Town will occupy an area of around 500,000sqm.and have a population of 10.500 people with over 4200 residential units, administrative buildings, retail areas, offices, sports facilities, schools and nurseries, social amenities and services, new roads and public transport, landscape and recreational areas.  The aim is to provide an adequate balance and distribution of residences, employment and services in order to create an economically and socially sustainable community.  The dense town centre is occupied by a mixture of restaurants, cafes, offices and a hotel that will create a vibrant area for sociallising. Addional social amenties and schools are provided in the smaller localities of the residential blocks to encourage social networking on a  neighbourly scale.


The target for housing provision is heavily weighted towards affordable, modest units as well as accommodating for a small number of larger properties.


Developed in partnership with Jan Stormer Partner

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