Gradon has been given the green light for Galleria UB, transforming a disused former print works into a high end shopping centre. With Ulaanbaatar undergoing a period of rapid transformation, this will be one of the most significant restoration projects seen in Mongolia.
Situated in the heart of the city on the famous Chinggis Square close to Mongolia’s Parliament Building, the former print works has been empty for several years, falling into disrepair.
Gradon’s designs will see the exterior restored to its former glory, while the interior will be completely revamped to create two floors of high-end retail space, with a number of retailers already expressing an interest. Work is due to begin on site shortly and is expected to be completed by early 2018.
Tanja Smith, technical director of Gradon who heads up the Mongolia studio, said: “This has been an amazing project for everyone involved. Mongolia, and Ulaanbaatar in particular, is changing very quickly and it’s hugely exciting to be involved in shaping the future of the city.
“Galleria UB is in a prime location and will offer an unrivalled shopping experience to both tourists and residents alike.
“With bases in the UK and Mongolia, as well as Northern Ireland, we bring the unique combination of local knowledge and UK expertise in sustainable design solutions to the project. As Mongolia’s urban regeneration continues we look forward to bringing our sustainable design solutions to more sites across the city.”
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. In its first 18 months the practice has worked on several prestigious design projects in the country.
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