Rides at VDNKH in Moscow is prepared to dismantle

Rides at VDNKH in Moscow is prepared to dismantle

MOSCOW, March 3. In the capital at ENEA are preparing to dismantle one of the symbols of the 90-ies of the last century – the 73-metre-high Ferris wheel 850th anniversary of Moscow.

As transmits correspondent. from a place of events, the attractions, located at one of the entrances to the territory of the exhibition complex, cordoned off. The morning’s on duty here heavy construction equipment. To carry will not only “Ferris wheel”, but also 11 theme.

At the moment demolished the cafe, located at the foot of the wheel. Some of the buildings have been removed previously, the wheel stopped. Bailiffs have picked up the Contracting organization that will deal with the dismantling of the rides. How much time it will take is not yet known. On the site are the builders, protection and many of the crew of various TV channels.

Anniversary wheel

During the construction of the wheel it was the highest in Europe, but later it has surpassed the 90-metre attraction Eurowheel at Mirabilandia Park, which is located in Ravenna in Italy, and 135-meter “London eye” in London, open to the public in 2000. Previous records among the Ferris wheel was a 94-metre Great wheel in London, built in 1895 and demolished in 1907, and 100-metre Grande Roue de Paris, built for the world exhibition of 1900 in Paris and demolished in 1920.

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The work of the 12 rides at ENEA was suspended in April 2015 by the decision of Ostankinsky district court of Moscow. The rides belong to the JSC “Russian exhibition of attractions” (DITCH). All the swings and roundabouts of this company are located on land leased under long-term lease. JSC VDNH (VVC earlier GAO) has for several years led several lawsuits against the tenant.

As consider in administration of the exhibition center, the tenant has unlawfully disposed of the attractions on the exhibition grounds since the mid 1990-ies. On these rides there were three major failure – in 2009, 2013 and 2015. One of the trials associated with the case 2013. Then the Ferris wheel got up for two hours with a huge number of people, and the press service of the exhibition said that finding it unsafe. The last time he had hurt people, happened last summer, staying in the attraction of “Cobra” people some time hanging upside down.

29 June 2015 the Moscow Arbitration court satisfied the claim of JSC VDNH of termination of the sublease with the JSC of the DITCH. On 6 August, representatives of MOAT appealed, and on September 15, the 9th arbitration appeal court upheld the decision of the court of first instance in force, an appeal by the subtenant – without satisfaction.

Until 15 October of the DITCH was needed to convey ENEA occupied land by the act of transfer and acceptance. However, on 22 October the Arbitration court of the Moscow district of CJSC DITCH received an application for a stay of execution of the judgment, which was granted. The appeal court took the decision to resume enforcement proceedings in respect of CJSC attractions of the DITCH.

On 3 February the Arbitration court of the Moscow district held a meeting, which reviewed the cassation appeal of JSC DITCH. According to its results it was decided to reject the appeal. Judicial acts of first instance and appellate courts upheld. Thus, concluded between JSC VDNH and ZAO DITCH the sublease agreement terminated in court. The Federal service of bailiffs has selected a contractor to implement the dismantling of amusement rides installed in the ENEA to the right of the main entrance arches.

Three months to dismantle

According to first Deputy General Director of JSC VDNH Roman Bogdanov, the dismantling of amusements on the territory of VDNH in Moscow will take about three months.

“Now we are preparing the site for dismantling the rides. Question about the beginning of dismantling of amusement rides worked out directly. Work on the analysis of the rides can take about three months,” he said.

Holy place

City authorities plan to install at ENEA new, modern Ferris wheel and amusement Park. As we reported earlier, mayor Sergei Sobyanin, at the exhibition in the capital will be implemented a big project on the placement of the rides. For this, he said, will be removed “unsafe Ferris wheel, which also need to change and create a theme Park to VDNKH, which will be a significant and serious enough, one of the best in the world”.

In turn, Roman Bogdanov has said it is reviewing “the possibility of building a new Ferris wheel with comfortable cabins and air conditioning”. According to him, the construction of a new attraction is planned to come at the expense of investors without involving budgetary funds. The tender for selection of investor will begin after the dismantling of the old rides.

The administration of ENEA consulted on the installation of a new Ferris wheel with the world’s largest company for engineering, design and management of comprehensive recreation facilities with English “Ove Arup”. Their team came to Moscow to discuss with the Russian side of the engineering and technological features and technical and economic indicators of the creation of the Ferris wheel at VDNKH. The timing of the opening at ENEA new amusement Park not yet named.

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