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.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 15:24

Helsinki High-rise Competition: Second phase competitors announced on 5 October at Expo Real 2017

The Finnish State and City of Helsinki organize the Helsinki High-Rise Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki. The competitors behind the proposals chosen for the final stage in the competition will be revealed at Helsinki High-Rise Brunch on October 5th at Expo Real, at Helsinki Finland Stand (B1.320).

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 09:24

Myllypuro is a success story of urban revitalization

Over the last ten years the eastern Helsinki district of Myllypuro has experienced noticeable growth. The housing types have diversified and services expanded as a result of systematic development efforts.

“The diversification of housing types, including more housing alternatives for families, is an outcome of infill construction. The Wooden Myllypuro area is a good example of this. The area, also thanks to its predominantly wooden houses, expands the image of Myllypuro,” says Helsinki Mayor Anni Sinnemäki.