Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:28

Diverse temporary uses planned for Malmi airport

The Malmi airport will serve Helsinki as a venue for diverse events in the next few years after the closure of aviation activities at the airport and before the redevelopment of the area begins. The area freed from aviation is tens of hectares, which the city will lease either fully or in parts for diverse uses.

Information on the area’s temporary uses and on leasing space in the area is compiled on the Helsinki New Horizons website (page in Finnish).

Temporary aviation activities planned for three years

The Malmi airport will be transferred to the ownership of the City of Helsinki on 1 January 2017, when the Finnish airport operator Finavia closes its management of the Malmi airport. Non-professional and recreational aviation may continue at Malmi side by side with other temporary uses if a plan to that effect presented by the Malmi airport society (Malmin lentokenttäyhdistys) is approved.

The City of Helsinki Real Estate Committee has decided to lease an area of about 40 hectares in the western section of the airport to the Malmi airport society for uncontrolled aviation activities. That lease would expire on 31 December 2019.

The leased area would be situated in the vicinity of a north-south runway. The area could be used as a non-towered airport, that is, an airport with no air-traffic control unit, on the condition that the airport society is granted the necessary permits by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi and the environmental authority. If the lease agreement is signed, the airport society would be an independent aviation operator.

Homes for 25,000 people

Helsinki’s new long-term land use plan designates the Malmi airport area as the main new area in the city to be developed for housing. According to plan, the area will be zoned for 25,000 residents, and construction will take place in 2020–2040.

The City of Helsinki Real Estate Committee will decide in the near future on a more detailed plan for the area to serve as a planning guideline. According to the proposal, the airport area will be planned for a high-quality residential area that will link together all parts of northeastern Helsinki. The area will be planned with respect to history. The airport building, the hangar and their immediate vicinity will be preserved, and the designs for the area’s parks will honour the airport’s runways.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:31

Construction of main Jätkäsaari park to begin

The construction of the main park to be built in the new Jätkäsaari district will begin during the summer. The first part of Hyväntoivonpuisto – “park of good will” – to be constructed is the section between the streets of Juutinraumankatu and Rionkatu. In addition, landfill and earthmoving work will be conducted in the southern part of the park area.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 14:12

Global study: In Helsinki startups are born global and won’t be left to survive alone

Our geographical location may be a little remote and there’s room for improvement with the weather, too, but Helsinki has long had reason to be proud of its startup field. Global success stories, such as Supercell and Rovio, were created here together with Slush, the largest startup event in Europe, and FiBAN, one of the strongest business angel networks in Europe.

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 09:17

A kilometre-long art wall planned for Hernesaari construction site

The City of Helsinki is planning a kilometre-long art wall for the future Hernesaari construction site. The construction of a new residential area in Hernesaari will begin next year with the demolition of warehouse halls. The wall will separate the demolition and construction site from the street and waterfront area.

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.