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February 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 14:08

Residential quarter as an innovative source of renewable energy

Asuntosäätiö, Fira Oy, the VVO Group and Helen Ltd have joined forces in the planning of a diverse residential block in Kalasatama in Helsinki with an objective of taking housing quality and energy efficiency to a whole new level of standards. In the so-called SunZEB plus energy model, the excess heating load of the sun on the buildings, which has been problematic in the current construction methods, is turned into an opportunity where buildings are used as a source of renewable energy.  The construction of the first houses will start in 2018.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:17

New residential construction in Helsinki increased for third consecutive year

The number of new housing units completed in Helsinki in 2016 was 4,395. The number of housing starts was 5,129, and building permits were granted for 5,597 units.

New residential construction in Helsinki has been at markedly higher levels in the 2010s than in the previous decade. Since 2012, an average of 4,500 new housing units have been completed in each year.

January 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 12:31

West Terminal 2 to be put into operation early

The construction of West Terminal 2 has been proceeding swiftly. The building will be put into operation in stages, and should be fully operational at the end of February. West Terminal 2 was originally scheduled for completion in April 2017, but the terminal is now set to be put into use ahead of schedule.

The new terminal will significantly reduce the walking distances to and from ships.

West Terminal 2 will be officially opened on 28 February 2017. On the opening day, the terminal will also be open to the public from 14:30 to 16:00.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 13:40

Open Call for Entries: Helsinki High-rise competition kicks off

The State of Finland and City of Helsinki have launched a Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki.

The Helsinki metropolitan area is growing at a rapid pace, and Pasila is one of the major districts in Helsinki that is currently undergoing renewal. Pasila is the city’s most important public transport hub, and by 2040, it is estimated to have 30,000 residents and more than 50,000 jobs. Pasila railway station is the busiest station in Finland.

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 08:12

Central Pasila competition approved by City Council

The Helsinki City Council approved at its meeting of 18 January the principles of an architecture and implementation competition and site handover conditions for the future high-rise area of Keski-Pasila (Central Pasila). The goal of the competition is to produce a high-quality plan to serve as the basis of zoning for housing, offices and commercial space in the high-rise area.

The competition area is located just south of the Pasilansilta bridge. To the north of the area is the construction site of Tripla, the central city block of Pasila.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 08:15

Crown Bridges granted first environmental permit

The Regional State Administrative Agencies of Finland granted the City of Helsinki a permit on 5 January 2017 to build two of Kruunusillat – the Crown Bridges – between Nihti and Kruunuvuorenranta, to dredge and fill the local sea area, and to build the necessary structures on shores.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 09:54

Helsinki strengthens its pioneering in intelligent transport

Former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that Helsinki has been chosen to participate in the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a global initiative aimed at enhancing the ability of cities to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles and to ensure that planning for the intelligent transport solution will enhance residents’ quality of life and improve social challenges.

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 08:05

Finlandia Hall equipped with solar panels as the city strives to boost energy efficiency

The maintenance area of Finlandia Hall received a truckload of solar panels as the day was breaking on 20 December 2016. The last days of the year saw 180 solar panels installed on the roof of the building. With the panels, electricity purchases for the hall can be cut by 25 percent during some hours of summer days.

The panels are expected to produce 2–3 percent of Finlandia Hall’s annual electricity consumption. This corresponds to the annual electricity use of 7–8 single-family houses with district heating.

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 07:49

Helsinki Central Library named Oodi

Helsinki City Library held an open competition in October 2016 on the name of the Central Library under construction in the Töölönlahti area of Helsinki. The competition received 2,600 proposals, and 1,600 of them were different names. The winning proposal selected by the jury is “Oodi”.

The name was selected from among the proposals by the jury in two meetings. The jury was chaired by Helsinki Mayor Ritva Viljanen. Ms Viljanen comments that the name was selected with careful consideration of the many requirements for the name.

December 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:28

Diverse temporary uses planned for Malmi airport

The Malmi airport will serve Helsinki as a venue for diverse events in the next few years after the closure of aviation activities at the airport and before the redevelopment of the area begins. The area freed from aviation is tens of hectares, which the city will lease either fully or in parts for diverse uses.

Information on the area’s temporary uses and on leasing space in the area is compiled on the Helsinki New Horizons website (page in Finnish).

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:35

New Year’s Eve opens centenary of independence with grand party

The independent Finland will turn 100 in 2017 and celebrate the independence throughout the year.  The centenary is opened in grand style on 31 December 2016. Citizens are invited to celebrate the centenary at the Finland 100 grand opening held in the Töölö Bay area and at Kansalaistori Square in Helsinki. The programme extends through the day to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 13:57

Regional programme for land use, housing and transport approved

The 14 municipalities of the Helsinki region have approved the regional MAL 2019 programme – the programme for land use, housing and transport. For the first time, the programme is produced for all three elements together. The programme gives its members an understanding of the type of work that will be conducted to develop the region in the next few years. The programme describes the principles of planning rounds, the planning processes, how planning is organized, and the key themes of the work.

November 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 15:34

A temporary train station and new traffic arrangements in Pasila

The construction of new Central Pasila is moving to the next stage affecting Pasila railway station and traffic arrangements in the area. A temporary train station will be opened in March 2017 and it will serve passengers until autumn 2019, when the new Pasila station will be completed. The opening of the temporary station will affect public transport in the area.

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 09:10

Helsinki and Supporting Foundation Propose New Plan for Establishing Guggenheim Helsinki Museum

The City Board of Helsinki will be presented next Monday with a new proposal for establishing a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki.

The City of Helsinki has prepared the proposal in cooperation with the Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation. For the City, proposal preparation has been led by Deputy Mayor Ritva Viljanen responsible for Cultural Affairs.

The preparation of a new proposal was undertaken after the Finnish Government announced in connection of the autumn budget talks that the Government would not finance the museum investment.

October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 08:32

Metro and Redi attract business to Kalasatama

In addition to 21,000 people, Kalasatama will eventually be home to a large number of enterprises and provide 8,000 jobs. Large new properties will be built for many big companies including K-group (Kesko), whose flagship building, K-campus, will be completed in 2019 and bring 1,700 Kesko workers to Kalasatama.

Why did K-group want to have its flagship in Kalasatama?

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:33

City Council approved new city plan after six-hour debate

The Helsinki City Council approved a new city plan at its meeting of 26 October after a long debate and several votes. Proposals to send the city plan draft back to a new plan preparation process were voted down: a proposal to leave out the Helsinki Central Park from the plan was voted down 55–30, and other counter proposals were voted down by even wider margins.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 07:39

Decisions on temporary uses of Malmi airport expected in late 2016

The City of Helsinki has sought partners and tenants for temporary uses of the Malmi airport after the airport closes for aviation at the turn of 2017. The City received approximately 10 inquiries during the application period in September.

The inquiries were related to both aviation and other activities. An aviation-related proposal came from the Malmi airport association (Malmin lentokenttäyhdistys ry), which seeks an extension of aviation activities and the use of the Malmi airport as a non-towered airport, that is, an airport with no air-traffic control unit.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 12:50

Mayor Jussi Pajunen: The City's goal of a balanced economy is being achieved

"A moderate operational expense growth and the investment framework improve the City's financial balance step by step, but especially the public transport investments must still be financed through further borrowing", says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of his Budget Proposal for 2017.

September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 13:39

Helsinki Metropolitan Area at EXPO REAL 2016: Growing fast, Connecting fast

At HELSINKI FINLAND stand in EXPO REAL 2016, October 4–6 in Munich, are represented the Metropolitan Cities Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa as well as the cities of Turku and Tampere together with the corporate partners Senate Properties, SRV Group Plc and YIT Construction Ltd.

Helsinki metropolitan area is in the middle of an ambitious transformation. The well-reachable area is one of the fastest growing metropolises in Europe.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 09:35

Helsinki to Build Landmark Bridge for Public Transportation

The Crown Bridges including Finland’s longest bridge will serve streetcars but no cars.

Helsinki, Finland – The Crown Bridges will be a series of three bridges in Helsinki for a new streetcar line linking the city center with eastern suburbs across a central Helsinki water body. The bridges will also serve cyclists and pedestrians.

The Helsinki City Council gave the green light to the project at the end of August, confirming implementation. Construction can go underway in 2018, and the bridges are scheduled to open in 2026.

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