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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 14:08

Residential quarter as an innovative source of renewable energy

Asuntosäätiö, Fira Oy, the VVO Group and Helen Ltd have joined forces in the planning of a diverse residential block in Kalasatama in Helsinki with an objective of taking housing quality and energy efficiency to a whole new level of standards. In the so-called SunZEB plus energy model, the excess heating load of the sun on the buildings, which has been problematic in the current construction methods, is turned into an opportunity where buildings are used as a source of renewable energy.  The construction of the first houses will start in 2018.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 12:31

West Terminal 2 to be put into operation early

The construction of West Terminal 2 has been proceeding swiftly. The building will be put into operation in stages, and should be fully operational at the end of February. West Terminal 2 was originally scheduled for completion in April 2017, but the terminal is now set to be put into use ahead of schedule.

The new terminal will significantly reduce the walking distances to and from ships.

West Terminal 2 will be officially opened on 28 February 2017. On the opening day, the terminal will also be open to the public from 14:30 to 16:00.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 13:40

Open Call for Entries: Helsinki High-rise competition kicks off

The State of Finland and City of Helsinki have launched a Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki.

The Helsinki metropolitan area is growing at a rapid pace, and Pasila is one of the major districts in Helsinki that is currently undergoing renewal. Pasila is the city’s most important public transport hub, and by 2040, it is estimated to have 30,000 residents and more than 50,000 jobs. Pasila railway station is the busiest station in Finland.

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 08:12

Central Pasila competition approved by City Council

The Helsinki City Council approved at its meeting of 18 January the principles of an architecture and implementation competition and site handover conditions for the future high-rise area of Keski-Pasila (Central Pasila). The goal of the competition is to produce a high-quality plan to serve as the basis of zoning for housing, offices and commercial space in the high-rise area.

The competition area is located just south of the Pasilansilta bridge. To the north of the area is the construction site of Tripla, the central city block of Pasila.