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.

With this new construction project, the City of Helsinki prepares for the increasing needs for day care in Laajasalo and the nearby district of Kruunuvuorenranta, which is now under construction. The goal is to secure sufficient and timely early education services for the families of the growing area. The services can be easily reached by public transport.

Flexible spaces for diverse uses

Day Care Centre Yliskylä now offers day care for more than one hundred 1–6 -year-olds. The new day care centre is located at the same site adjacent to the current centre. The current building will remain in service until the new building is completed in the spring of 2018, after which the old building will be demolished.

The new building complies closely with zero-energy goals: the design maximizes the utilization of free energy from renewable sources, relying on solar and geothermal energy. The spaces will be multimodal learning environments catering for diverse uses.

Construction went underway in mid-April, and excavation and blasting will continue through mid-May. The construction site is separated from the neighbouring areas with high fences throughout construction. The pedestrian and cycling path on Köökarinpolku passing through the back of the site is closed during blasting.

The site of the new day care centre on the map

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:47

Ten entries for Pasila High-Rise Area Competition

Ten entries were submitted for the first phase of the Helsinki High-Rise Design–build Competition. The purpose of the Competition is to choose a high-quality plan for the implementation of the Pasila high-rise area. The first phase of the competition ended on 16 May.

 – Ten entries is a rather good number for such a comprehensive and demanding object. It tells that Helsinki and Pasila are attractive development objects. It is also a sign of the fact that big investments are interesting, says Executive Director Mikko Aho at the City of Helsinki.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:47

Highest numbers of housing starts and completed units in ten years

The numbers of housing starts and completed housing units in Helsinki hit record highs in January-March this year: the numbers were the highest recorded in the past ten years. Thus the number of housing units under construction remained at a high level. However, the number of building permits granted was exceptionally low.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:21

World’s first comprehensive city-wide air quality system will be built to Helsinki Region in Finland

World’s best experts to build a unique air quality IoT system to Helsinki. 

The amount of measurement points will at least double in the Helsinki region as a new supplementary air quality network of Vaisala and Pegasor sensors will be installed during the next year. The new system will enable agile and economical way to gather new information about the air quality of the Finnish capital city region.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:20

Plan for Central Pasila railway yard blocks presented to City Council

The blocks of a former railway yard in Central Pasila – Keski-Pasila – will be redeveloped into a dense and an inner-city like residential area, according to a proposed detailed plan for the area, which includes homes to 3,200 residents, about 1,000 jobs, a school and a day care centre.