An improvement project in Ust-Kut, financed by Irkutsk Oil Company and the Russian Forest Association won a grant from the Ministry of Russia

August 27, 2021

Irkutsk Oil Company, in cooperation with the Russian Forest Association, financed the project for the improvement of the new urban centre “Rechniki” in Ust-Kut. The concept was recognized as one of the best in the All-Russian competition of projects to create a comfortable urban environment, which is held by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation on behalf of the President.
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Ust-Kut applied for the first time and competed with 107 other towns in Russia to win in the category of settlements with a population from 20 to 50 thousand people. The Rechniki area was chosen by popular vote in February 2021. The grant amounted to 65 million roubles.

The project provides for the arrangement of an area for public events, the creation of recreational areas with public art instillations, playgrounds, sports fields, and walking paths. The architects also allocated a recreation area near the fountain. Canopies and seats for spectators and a stage will be installed there. The perimeter of the square will be landscaped.

In the park near the square it is planned to create recreation areas, the main of which will be the Square of Memory. There will be stands with information about important events and personalities from the history of Ust-Kut. On the playground area with the river-themed game equipment will be a family cafe, and close to it — a wooden amphitheatre and a summer open-air cinema. In the neighbourhood there are plans to place areas for sports activities: playgrounds for volleyball and streetball, a workout area for physically challenged residents, as well as a bike ring.

Improvement work will take place in 2022. The creation of an urban centre will improve the appearance of Ust-Kut, as well as provide its residents with necessary infrastructure. “The project was developed jointly by the administration, residents and activists of the town, with the support of ‘Irkutsk Oil Company’ and the Russian Forest Association. Irkutsk specialists from the Agency of Development of Territories ‘Urban Planning School’, economists from Novatsiya LLC and OGBU ‘Competence Centre of the Irkutsk Region’ were involved in the development of the project. We express our gratitude to everyone,” said the Agency’s leading architects, Ksenia and Daria Zolotukhina.

Ust-Kut will also soon have a community centre called “Third Place,” a creative space for residents and communities. In February 2021, the project was also funded by the Irkutsk Oil Company and the Russian Forest Association with the support of the city administration.

In addition, on the right bank of the Lena River in Ust-Kut, Irkutsk Oil Company will build a modern residential district for employees of the Irkutsk Polymer Plant. This will enable three thousand people to live in comfortable conditions. By July of this year, the company already approved the architectural concept of the object, construction will begin in 2022.

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