AT THE TOP IN EUROPE
Tall, taller, tallest: That is the name of the game in high-rise construction today, and the new Lakhta (Lachta) Center in Saint Petersburg is no different. The Headquarters of Gazprom is already Europe’s tallest building.
The multi-purpose premises with 400,000 square meters of usable space under construction since October 2012 will be at the heart of the Gazprom Group headquarters. A significant amount of space is reserved for public and recreational infrastructure. The Lakhta Center high-rise will become the new landmark of Saint Petersburg and, standing at 462 meters, will become the tallest building in Europe. The tallest of the total of 87 floors will sit at 372 meters up. The scenic terrace will provide an impressive panoramic view of the city of Saint Petersburg and the Baltic Sea, as will the views from the panoramic restaurant at 315 meters. The tower overtook the former European frontrunner, the Federation Tower in Moscow (374 meters) in October. The tower has already been breaking records before its completion, which is scheduled for 2018 – specifically when concrete was poured for the Tower foundation in early 2015. It set a new world record for the largest uninterrupted concrete structure, even making its way into the Guinness Book of old Records. The sheer number of the prestigious building’s total 102 elevators to built is also impressive. Gustav Wolf has already successfully completed an initial order for PAWO F10 wire rope (19 mm) for its customer Schindler.