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.

The architecture competition will be executed in two stages. The first stage of the competition will produce a layout for the entire area covered by the competition. Competitors selected to the second stage will be requested to produce a more detailed plan for the western section the area.

Another goal of the competition is to find a contractor for the first section of implementation comprising 45,000–60,000 square metres of floor area. The winner of the competition shall purchase the building rights for previously announced unit prices and implement the construction in accordance with the plan.

The competition will be completed in the autumn of 2018. The detailed plan for the area is scheduled for completion in 2020, after which construction can go under way. Total building rights in the high-rise area are expected to be for 150,000–200,000 square metres of floor area.

At its meeting of 18 January, the City Council also approved an additional budget of 26 million euros for the renovation of Helsinki Olympic Stadium, which raises the total cost of the renovation incurred by the City to 130.5 million euros. The Finnish Government finances the renovation with an equal sum.

Helsinki City Council meetings (in Finnish) are available on demand on the Helsinki-kanava web channel.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:22

Children of Laajasalo to have a new day care centre

The southeastern early-education district of Helsinki will have more space for the needs of day care and early education. A new day care centre to replace Day Care Centre Yliskylä being built at Köökarinpolku 1 will provide day care to 232 children a bit more than a year from now.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:08

Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:34

Helsinki residents’ sense of security has not weakened

Helsinki residents’ sense of security in everyday life has not deteriorated. This is a general conclusion of the latest Helsinki Safety Survey, the responses to which were collected at the turn of the year 2015-16. Perceived security in people’s own neighbourhoods and in central Inner Helsinki rose steadily in the years 2003-2012. Since then, the situation has not changed. Yet there are large differences between Helsinki districts in terms of perceived unsafety, particularly during weekend evenings.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:46

Brochure on Helsinki’s new city plan

The new city plan of Helsinki is presented in a newly published brochure in a concise manner. The Helsinki City Plan brochure explains to readers the key concepts and solutions of the city plan, such as increasing density, the expansion of the inner city to “city boulevards” and the development of the rail network for public transport in Helsinki.