Galeria shopping centre in St Petersburg, whose construction was project-managed by Mace, was officially opened on 25th November 2010. The VIP opening event saw a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mrs Valentina Matviyenko, Governor of St Petersburg and Yevgeny Feld, principal investor. The opening was attended by a host of dignitaries and VIPs including Sergei Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, German Gref, President of Sberbank (Russia’s largest bank), Gareth Ward, the British Consul General for St Petersburg, as well as Mace directors Ian Wylie and Mark Richards, plus the Mace project team.
At almost 200,000m2 GFA, Galeria is the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the city. The centre comprisers 290 tenancies including; 10-screen cinema, 27-lane bowling facility, 1000-seat food court, 6-restaurants, supermarket, children’s play area and 1200 covered car-parking spaces. The centre also serves as the launch pad for 22 international brands new to the Russian marketplace, such Miss Selfridge, River Island and NordSee.
Galeria’s central location and attractive mix of shopping and entertainment venues under one roof, will be big draws for St Petersburg shoppers, where temperatures can vary between -35 and +35 degrees C and winter months see only 5 hours of daylight, with sub-zero temperatures lasting for 4 or 5 consecutive months. Indeed, the opening coincided with the first major snowfall of the year which helped to bring in over 45,000 visitors on the first Saturday of trading.
Mace has been involved in Galeria since August 2008 and has undertaken a project management role with additional design management and construction supervision responsibilities, on behalf of client OOO SK Briz Construction. The project been challenging, with the project team having to endure St Petersburg’s extreme weather conditions, in addition to accommodating wholesale change to the façade and mall interior design, both instructed late in the construction stage. This achievement is all the more commendable, with the concurrent realisation of 4.5 million man-days of work, with no reportable health and safety accidents.