GRADONARCHITECTURE to deliver Mongolia regeneration project
Designs by Gradon Architecture for a multi-million pound regeneration project in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, have been given the green light. The project, Galleria UB, will see the Ryton-based firm transform a disused former print works into a high end shopping centre, as the capital undergoes one of the most extensive regeneration periods in its history.
Situated in the heart of the city on the famous Chinggis Square and close to Mongolia’s Parliament Building, the former print works has been empty for a number of years, falling into disrepair. Regeneration work of this nature is uncommon in Mongolia, adding to the uniqueness of the project. Work is due to begin on site shortly and is expected to be completed by early 2018.
Gradon’s designs will see the exterior restored to its former glory, while the interior will be completely revamped to create a light and modern retail space. The architect’s plans include two floors of high-end retail space, with a number of retailers already expressing an interest.
Gradon made history last year when the practice became the first UK architect to set up in Mongolia, opening a design studio and initially taking on three local staff to add to its UK expertise and has since added to its talented team.