Architects open base in Siberia
The firm behind the Scottish parliament and the Falkirk Wheel, is to launch its third Russian base
RMJM, the Edinburgh-based architecture firm behind the Scottish parliament and the Falkirk Wheel, is to launch its third Russian base after picking up contracts as part of a regeneration drive in a forgotten area of Siberia.
Architects working from the new office in Vladivostok will design two $250m (£150m) hotels for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit being held in the city in 2012.
The base is also behind a plan to construct a casino in the region and an eco-resort on Russky Island, in the Sea of Japan, where the conference will be held.
Vladivostok is the capital of the Primorsky region in Siberia. The Russian government vowed to invest $13 billion on improving the area, which was closed during the communist era because of its high-security naval base.
Dr Vladimir Kvint, the Russia chairman for RMJM, said the company had signed a “memorandum” with the Primorsky government about other potential projects.
Sunday Times Scotland