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, May 26, 2017 - 11:47

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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:47

Highest numbers of housing starts and completed units in ten years

The numbers of housing starts and completed housing units in Helsinki hit record highs in January-March this year: the numbers were the highest recorded in the past ten years. Thus the number of housing units under construction remained at a high level. However, the number of building permits granted was exceptionally low.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:21

World’s first comprehensive city-wide air quality system will be built to Helsinki Region in Finland

World’s best experts to build a unique air quality IoT system to Helsinki. 

The amount of measurement points will at least double in the Helsinki region as a new supplementary air quality network of Vaisala and Pegasor sensors will be installed during the next year. The new system will enable agile and economical way to gather new information about the air quality of the Finnish capital city region.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:20

Plan for Central Pasila railway yard blocks presented to City Council

The blocks of a former railway yard in Central Pasila – Keski-Pasila – will be redeveloped into a dense and an inner-city like residential area, according to a proposed detailed plan for the area, which includes homes to 3,200 residents, about 1,000 jobs, a school and a day care centre.