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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Rode

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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.

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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 14:08

Residential quarter as an innovative source of renewable energy

Asuntosäätiö, Fira Oy, the VVO Group and Helen Ltd have joined forces in the planning of a diverse residential block in Kalasatama in Helsinki with an objective of taking housing quality and energy efficiency to a whole new level of standards. In the so-called SunZEB plus energy model, the excess heating load of the sun on the buildings, which has been problematic in the current construction methods, is turned into an opportunity where buildings are used as a source of renewable energy.  The construction of the first houses will start in 2018.