Russia has been a central part of my life for the 21 years. My first experiences with this great country date back to 1990´s when I moved to St. Petersburg to work there. Since then many things have changed, but also many things have remained the same.
Building construction in Russia
In the early 90´s St. Petersburg was a typical ex-Soviet city where the economic growth was taking first steps. Many western companies started investments and opened subsidiaries in Russia. People began to move in to big cities searching for jobs and a better standard of living. And it is still going on.
The need of new flats is huge in all major Russian cities: in Moscow they are building 4,5 million SQMs/year and in the Moscow about 5,5 million SQMs/year. In St. Petersburg and other big cities the annual volume of built housing is from 1 to 3 million SQMs. In 2010 there were 714 000 completed homes in Russia.
It is clear, that such huge building volumes put a great challenge to constructors to find the most cost effective way of building. Russia has a long history with precast concrete buildings. The value of this ready-to-install building product has been recognized widely. Old problems related to the quality of precast products and buildings can be easily solved with modern building methods and precast manufacturing technologies.
Effective building construction
The typical size of supplied precast factories can vary from 100.000sqm- 500.000 sqms of housing per year. Less manpower is needed thanks to more and more automated processes and advanced technologies. Using prefabricated concrete products allows the constructors to maintain the high quality of houses even when building during the wintertime. The modern precast connections can be made safely in temperatures even up to -20 degrees Celsius.
Many big Russian cities are located on river banks and see coasts. In such conditions houses must be built on pile foundations. Elematic has developed a unique production plant for foundations: it is possible to produce even 3 KMs of piles/day on a single plant. This is not possible using other solutions on the market. In St. Petersburg we have a client, who has recently bought a 3rd such line. This is just one example of the great market opportunity waiting for modern precasters.
Harri Lahtivesi, Elematic’s area director for Russia