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

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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:52

The City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016: Economy stabilising

"The year 2016 in the economy of the City of Helsinki was more positive than expected. The operating margin of the City was better than the budgeted figure and the tax revenue grew more than expected. Thus, the annual contribution margin was €300 million better than the budgeted target”, says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of the City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:35

Waste is collected through underground pipes in Kruunuvuorenranta

The new Kruunuvuorenranta district under construction in eastern Helsinki commissioned a pipeline-based automated waste collection system named Rode on 6 March 2017. Each housing company has its own waste collection station, and waste is sucked from these stations through underground pipes to a central collection station. Waste is moved in the pipes by pressure differences.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:16

The Port of Helsinki has significant positive economy and employment-related effects

According to a recent survey, the Port of Helsinki has significant positive effects on the regional economy and employment rates in the municipalities in and around the Helsinki region. The total value of the business operations related to the Port of Helsinki in 2015 was 1.6 billion euros, and the operations employed approximately 15,000 people. In addition to the regional level, the effects practically span throughout the country.