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, 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.