Ten entries for Pasila High-Rise Area Competition
Ten entries were submitted for the first phase of the Helsinki High-Rise Design–build Competition. The purpose of the Competition is to choose a high-quality plan for the implementation of the Pasila high-rise area. The first phase of the competition ended on 16 May.
– Ten entries is a rather good number for such a comprehensive and demanding object. It tells that Helsinki and Pasila are attractive development objects. It is also a sign of the fact that big investments are interesting, says Executive Director Mikko Aho at the City of Helsinki.
It is not yet known, if the entries were submitted by domestic or foreign groups, as the competitor information is viewed only at the end of the evaluation process. The evaluation team assesses the quality of the proposals and selects 2–4 candidates to move on to the second phase. The competitors chosen for the second phase will be announced in September.
During the second phase in autumn, the competitors prepare a more detailed plan, while the organisers of the competition, City of Helsinki and Senaatti-kiinteistöt, negotiate an implementation contract for the start-up area with each competitor.
The winner of the competition will be selected based on city planning criteria. The economic operator who has drawn up qualitatively the best design solution shall have the right and obligation to purchase the building rights of the Start-Up Area at unit prices specified in the Competition programme, and implement the complex according to its plan.
The winner of the competition is announced in autumn 2018. Construction is estimated to start in 2021.
The area covered by the competition is located to the south of the new Pasila central block called Tripla and the railway station. The aim of the competition is to find a premium residential, office and retail concept that spans a total of 150,000–200,000 floor square metres. The local detailed plan and implementation of the tower area will be based on the winning concept. The organisers are also looking for a buyer and a developer for a start-up area of 40,000–65,000 floor square metres.
– The development of the City of Helsinki has had a great characteristic, where past decades have left their distinctive marks as integrated neighbourhoods typical for their time, from the Senate Square to the development of Jätkäsaari. However, now it is a matter of an entirely new, unique centre development, and we know that there will possibly never be anything like it in Helsinki. The new, second centre of Helsinki is shaping up from a new direction, the opportunity to grow upwards, says Senaatti-kiinteistöt Operative Director Juha Lemström.
Construction is already in full swing in Central Pasila
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.
The development of Central Pasila started at its busiest transport hub, the central block near Pasila railway station and the Pasila bridge. The new Pasila central block called Tripla will connect the eastern and western parts of Pasila, the residential area that will be built in the north and the southern tower area.
In addition to the central block and the tower area, there is also a third large development site in Pasila: the Rail Yard blocks between Pasilankatu and Veturitie. The former rail yard area will become a densely populated urban area with more than 3,000 residents.