16  March  2010
METROPOL Group delegation headed by Mikhail Slipenchuk takes part in MIPIM-2010 International Investment Exhibition

A delegation from METROPOL Group headed by Mikhail Slipenchuk is taking part in the 21st MIPIM-2010 International Investment Exhibition, the grand opening of which took place on March 16, 2010 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. MIPIM-2010 is the largest, most authoritative and representative exposition forum in Europe. This event will play an important role in strengthening Russo-French relations within the framework of the “The Year of Russia in France.”
METROPOL Group will present two major development projects at the exhibition: Metropolia and St. Mark’s Island.
The master plan of the Metropolia complex will be presented on March 17 as part of the united stand of the City of Moscow, the grand opening of which took place on March 16. The ceremony was attended by Vladimir Resin,  the First Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Head of the Moscow Building Complex and head of the city’s delegation.
The St. Mark’s Island project will be presented on March 17 as part of the stand of the government of Montenegro. The presentation will be attended by Branimir Gvozdenovich, Montenegro’s Territorial Planning and Environment Minister.


St. Mark’s Island
Measuring 33 hectares, St. Mark’s Island is located in the Tivat portion of the Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic Sea. Tivat Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The average temperature is 9°C in winter and 24°C in summer. It has more than 2,500 sunny hours per year. The vegetation is typical for the Mediterranean, with subtropical shrubs, olive and cypress groves. It has many secluded coves with perfectly clear water and pristine beaches, surrounded by picturesque slopes.
On April 20, 2007, METROPOL Group acquired Putnik, Serbia’s oldest travel agency, one of the main assets of which is the Island of St. Mark. METROPOL is currently working on a global project to promote tourism in Serbia and Montenegro.
There are plans to create a unique luxury resort on the Island of St. Mark. All the facilities will be constructed in accordance with the highest international standards. It amounts to the de facto creation of Europe’s first Class 6* island resort.
The plan includes private luxury villas, apartments and a hotel as well as ultra modern restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques of prestigious brands, a yacht club and spas.
The company is committed to preserving the natural environment of the island as much as possible. The latest environmentally sound technologies will be used in the construction and future operation of the resort, and all the vehicles will be electric.
The company’s main partner in the project is Singapore’s Banyan Tree, a leading global management company and designer of premium-class resorts, hotels and spas. Also working on the project is the well-known British company Savills (project coordinator and sales consultant), Woods Bagot (master architect of the project), and ARUP (project engineer).

The Metropolia Complex
A new ultramodern multifunctional complex called Metropolia, a symbiosis of business, advanced technologies and a unique environmental space, is to be built in just 7-8 years on the 21-hectare former site of the Moskvich automobile plant at the intersection of Volgograd Avenue and the Third Ring Road.
Metropolia will feature 700,000 m² of Class A office space, 80,000 m² of commercial space, 80,000 m² of suites, 40,000 m² of 3- and 4-star hotel space and a whole parking area with 15,000 spaces. The complex will be surrounded by a natural park.
The master plan for the complex was developed by the Japanese company Nikken Sekkei, one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering companies. Founded in 1900, Nikken Sekkei has designed more than 20,000 facilities. Metropolia is the company’s first large project in Russia. Modern symbiotic and energy-saving technologies, environmentally friendly materials, unique ventilation systems and engineering solutions—all of these things are embodied in the Metropolia project.
The central tower of Metropolia will be about 120 meters tall. The tower and 11 other buildings will be arranged in a spiral, forming a single space which, like a lotus flower, opens to the east, toward the rising sun.
The project will end up costing about $4 billion.
The main consultant on the project is CB Richard Ellis, a leading global consulting firm.

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