Friday, April 10, 2015 - 09:15

Preliminary changes to the Helsinki High-rise competition programme

The programme of the Helsinki High-rise competition has been subject to some preliminary changes, based on the feedback received. The most important changes concern the start-up area and the phasing of the competition.

The northern part of the west area will be the new start-up area of the competition. At the same time, the building rights of the start-up area will be almost doubled to 40,000–65,000 floor square metres and the maximum amount of residential floor area increased to 70 per cent of the floor area.

The Helsinki High-rise competition will become a two-phased competition. During the first phase, the competitors will create a draft plan for the entire planning area, but the start-up area and the west area will be emphasised in the evaluation. 

The best 2–4 entries will then be invited to the second phase, during which the competitors will formulate a plan for the west area and a more specific plan for the start-up area. Before groups submit their plan proposals for evaluation in the 2nd phase, the organisers will be prepared to negotiate the terms and conditions of the development agreement.

Further information will be published in June

Further information about the process and the time schedule will be published in June. The competition will start in autumn 2015.

The aim of the Helsinki High-rise competition is to find a high-quality plan for the Pasila Tower Area and a developer at least for the start-up area. The evaluation of the competition entries is based purely on quality criteria. The winner of the competition is committed to developing the start-up area according to the winning plan and to acquiring the building rights at a price agreed upon in advance. The competition is arranged by the City of Helsinki and Senate Properties.

Information about the upcoming competition and about the preliminary changes to the competition programme:

www.helsinkihighrise.fi/

Preliminary changes for the competition programme 4/2015

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.

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.