Plan for Central Pasila railway yard blocks presented to City Council
The blocks of a former railway yard in Central Pasila – Keski-Pasila – will be redeveloped into a dense and an inner-city like residential area, according to a proposed detailed plan for the area, which includes homes to 3,200 residents, about 1,000 jobs, a school and a day care centre.
“The detailed plan is part of the overall transformation of Pasila. Two separate sections of Pasila and the Pasila station will grow into one district that will be home to new residents and form an increasingly significant area for business and services,” says Helsinki Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, who is in charge of city planning.
The City Council will be presented with proposals for the detailed plan, a transport and traffic plan and a cooperation agreement for Pasila on 17 May.
One specialty of the area will be green roofs. According to the detailed plan, no less than half of the roof area of the blocks should be ecological green roofs. These roofs help to create a good microclimate and control stormwater and runoff.
Rooftops would also be built with patios and other spaces for residents. Communal saunas would be placed on the top floor of buildings.
“The detailed plan for the railway yard blocks would create a densely built and handsome urban area in Pasila, at the best public transport connections,” Sinnemäki continues. “During plan preparation, the area has become denser, but varying building heights, green roofs, many rocks to be preserved and a park to be built, the Höyrypuisto park, make sure that the area would be pleasing and dynamic.”
The plan proposes 180,000 square metres of floor space for the area, close to three-quarters of which would be for residential construction. The proposed floor space for businesses, services and offices is 36,000 square metres. Offices would serve as a noise barrier along the Veturitie road in the eastern section of the area.
The railway yard, which has been demolished for the new residential development, is located next to the Pasila station, north of the central Tripla block of Pasila. Tripla is currently under construction. To the south of Tripla is the Pasila high-rise area, for which a design competition is underway.
The railway yard area is marked by fairly large elevation differences, which give the area a special character. For example, the proposed Tulistimenkatu street would be 20 metres below the Halkopiippu rock. The Höyrypuisto park would be located in the centre of the area.
The local transport and traffic arrangements will undergo a thorough transformation. For example, Veturitie will be moved to run alongside the railway tracks.
The majority of the railway yard area is owned by the Finnish State through the state-owned Senate Properties real estate company. The package presented to the City Council includes a proposal for an agreement between the City of Helsinki and Senate Properties on the development of the area and implementation.