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.

The automated collection system improves safety in the housing area and increases living comfort, as garbage trucks pick up waste from the central collection station rather than from buildings, so they no longer move at residential buildings. The system reduces maintenance traffic up to 80–90 percent compared with conventional waste management. There is less noise and less bad odor.

The Kruunuvuorenranta waste collection pipe network expands as the district is built. Once complete, the total length of the network will be about 10 kilometres.

Investment far into the future

“Pipeline-based waste collection is a profitable investment, which pays itself back today and far into the future,” says Pirjo Siren, the Kruunuvuorenranta project manager at Helsinki City Executive Office. “The system is a perfect fit for a densely built urban district like Kruunuvuorenranta. Moreover, the new central collection station is architecturally brilliant and successful.”

The Rode system was supplied by Marimatic Oy, a technology company based in Vantaa. The company will also service and maintain the system. The system is owned and operated by the Helsinki City Group company Kruunuvuorenrannan jätteen putkikeräys Oy.

Helsinki is the first city in Finland that has widely adopted pipeline-based waste collection systems. Similar systems to the one in Kruunuvuorenranta are in operation in the Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari districts of Helsinki.

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Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 15:24

Helsinki High-rise Competition: Second phase competitors announced on 5 October at Expo Real 2017

The Finnish State and City of Helsinki organize the Helsinki High-Rise Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki. The competitors behind the proposals chosen for the final stage in the competition will be revealed at Helsinki High-Rise Brunch on October 5th at Expo Real, at Helsinki Finland Stand (B1.320).

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 09:24

Myllypuro is a success story of urban revitalization

Over the last ten years the eastern Helsinki district of Myllypuro has experienced noticeable growth. The housing types have diversified and services expanded as a result of systematic development efforts.

“The diversification of housing types, including more housing alternatives for families, is an outcome of infill construction. The Wooden Myllypuro area is a good example of this. The area, also thanks to its predominantly wooden houses, expands the image of Myllypuro,” says Helsinki Mayor Anni Sinnemäki.