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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:22

Children of Laajasalo to have a new day care centre

The southeastern early-education district of Helsinki will have more space for the needs of day care and early education. A new day care centre to replace Day Care Centre Yliskylä being built at Köökarinpolku 1 will provide day care to 232 children a bit more than a year from now.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:08

Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:34

Helsinki residents’ sense of security has not weakened

Helsinki residents’ sense of security in everyday life has not deteriorated. This is a general conclusion of the latest Helsinki Safety Survey, the responses to which were collected at the turn of the year 2015-16. Perceived security in people’s own neighbourhoods and in central Inner Helsinki rose steadily in the years 2003-2012. Since then, the situation has not changed. Yet there are large differences between Helsinki districts in terms of perceived unsafety, particularly during weekend evenings.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:46

Brochure on Helsinki’s new city plan

The new city plan of Helsinki is presented in a newly published brochure in a concise manner. The Helsinki City Plan brochure explains to readers the key concepts and solutions of the city plan, such as increasing density, the expansion of the inner city to “city boulevards” and the development of the rail network for public transport in Helsinki.