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.

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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:52

The City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016: Economy stabilising

"The year 2016 in the economy of the City of Helsinki was more positive than expected. The operating margin of the City was better than the budgeted figure and the tax revenue grew more than expected. Thus, the annual contribution margin was €300 million better than the budgeted target”, says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of the City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:35

Waste is collected through underground pipes in Kruunuvuorenranta

The new Kruunuvuorenranta district under construction in eastern Helsinki commissioned a pipeline-based automated waste collection system named Rode on 6 March 2017. Each housing company has its own waste collection station, and waste is sucked from these stations through underground pipes to a central collection station. Waste is moved in the pipes by pressure differences.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:16

The Port of Helsinki has significant positive economy and employment-related effects

According to a recent survey, the Port of Helsinki has significant positive effects on the regional economy and employment rates in the municipalities in and around the Helsinki region. The total value of the business operations related to the Port of Helsinki in 2015 was 1.6 billion euros, and the operations employed approximately 15,000 people. In addition to the regional level, the effects practically span throughout the country.