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.

The decisions based on the applications for temporary uses of the airport should be made in November. The criteria used in the assessment of the applications include the suitability of the proposed activity for the airport and whether the applicant possesses the financial and other prerequisites to organize the activity.

Airport to be managed by the City from year-end

The management of the Malmi airport will be handed over to the City of Helsinki on 1 January 2017, when Finland’s airport and air navigation services provider Finavia terminates the operation of Helsinki-Malmi Airport.

The City plans to develop the Malmi airport area for 13,500 housing units and 25,000 residents in 2020–2040.

Before development goes underway, the area – either all or parts of it ­– can be leased for diverse temporary uses. Very short-term uses for various purposes are also possible. The City’s goal is to enable various tenants to operate in the area side by side.

The current land and property leases can also be continued. The majority of the airport’s current tenants have announced their wish to continue operations in the area as tenants of the City of Helsinki after the turn of the year.

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.

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:54

Design concepts selected for Merihaka and Hakaniemi bridges

Preliminary design concepts have been selected for bridges to be built in Merihaka and Hakaniemi. The concepts will serve as a basis for further bridge design and engineering.

The design concept selected for the Merihaka bridge (see rendering above) will produce a lightweight, pier-like structure that doesn’t block the view from Kalasatama to Pohjoisranta owing to its low elevation. This was considered a merit in terms of the overall cityscape.