Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:17

New residential construction in Helsinki increased for third consecutive year

The number of new housing units completed in Helsinki in 2016 was 4,395. The number of housing starts was 5,129, and building permits were granted for 5,597 units.

New residential construction in Helsinki has been at markedly higher levels in the 2010s than in the previous decade. Since 2012, an average of 4,500 new housing units have been completed in each year.

Housing starts in 2016 exceeded the number of units completed, so the number of housing units under construction remained at 7,000. The number of building permits granted in 2016 was record high for the third consecutive year. As a result, new residential construction is expected to remain robust in the current year. The residential construction target set by the City Council is currently 6,000 new housing units annually.

In 2015 new residential construction largely focused on non-subsidized owner-occupied and rental housing. In terms of ownership types, the breakdown of new housing starts and new building permits in 2016 was markedly closer to the targeted breakdown defined in the programme for housing and related land use approved by the City Council. The shares of both non-subsidized rental housing and right-of-occupancy housing were markedly higher in new residential construction in 2016 than in the previous year.

The most significant area of housing starts in 2016 continued to be West Harbour (Länsisatama), where housing starts again exceeded 1,000. The largest number of new housing units completed was in Kruunuvuorenranta. New residential areas represented 58 percent of housing units under construction at the turn of the year, and 42 percent consisted of infill construction.

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.