City resumes talks on Jätkäsaari’s Bunkkeri
The City of Helsinki continues the process to redevelop the Bunkkeri building in Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari for housing, a swimming hall and other sports facilities. The plan is under a new preparation for City decision-making. The City has restarted negotiations on Bunkkeri with construction company SRV Rakennus Oy.
One of the goals of the new negotiation round is not to cause unnecessary delays in the Bunkkeri reconstruction and in the completion of public spaces in Jätkäsaari. The proposed swimming hall and other sports facilities of Bunkkeri (Bunker), which is a former harbour warehouse building, would be some of the key public spaces of the area.
The City conducts talks about Bunkkeri primarily with SRV Rakennus Oy, which is the winner of a public bid carried out earlier. The goal is to implement the project according to the original spatial plan.
If the negotiations proceed favourably, the City of Helsinki Urban Environment Division will seek to complete a proposal for a new contract and real estate deal for presentation to the City Council for decision-making in February 2018.
Bunkkeri project proceeds as a normal real estate deal
The Bunkkeri redevelopment process was halted in the autumn, when the Helsinki Administrative Court repealed a decision made by the Helsinki City Council in 2016, whereby the Council entitled the City to sign a contract with SRV Rakennus Oy on the Bunkkeri project implementation.
According to the Administrative Court decision, the Bunkkeri procurement process as a public bid had been erroneous. The court considered that, although sports facilities played a significant role in the Bunkkeri project, the main purpose of the project was a sale of real estate and building rights. The preparation of the Bunkkeri redevelopment will now proceed in the form of a normal real estate sale, as required by the Administrative Court.
If the Bunkkeri project proceeds favourably, construction could get underway in the autumn of 2018 at the earliest. In this case, the sports facilities could be completed in the summer of 2021 and the swimming hall a year later. The sports facilities of the Jätkäsaari Comprehensive School, which is scheduled for completion earlier than the Bunkkeri facilities, would be organized with a temporary solution for the interim period.