September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:49

Helsinki at EXPO REAL 2015: One of the fastest growing cities in Europe

EXPO REAL 2015 October 5–7, in Munich, Germany
Helsinki Finland – Smartest Choice

Helsinki is introducing major urban development projects at EXPO REAL 2015, at HELSINKI–FINLAND Stand B1.320.

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. By 2050, the population of Helsinki will increase from the current 600,000 to 860,000 inhabitants and the population of the Helsinki Region from the current 1,400,000 to over 1,800,000.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:37

Construction work on the Helsinki Central Library starts today

The first excavator will start digging at the Central Library construction site on 1 September.

The construction of the Helsinki Central Library starts today, when the bucket of the excavator breaks the asphalt of the construction site for the first time. Here it goes, and the construction will go on for almost three years. The steering group for the project follows this historic city moment with joy and it has invited friends of the library to join. The Chairperson of the steering group for the Helsinki Central Library project is Ritva Viljanen.

May 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 09:01

Helsinki Design Week announces its main events

This year, in the spirit of its theme ”Time Machine”, Helsinki Design Week focuses on cities and their future. The festival and its new venues of Jätkäsaari, the National Museum and Vallisaari island send the visitor on a journey in time to the past and the future.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 14:29

Itäväylä expressway rerouted during Kalasatama centre construction

The construction of the Kalasatama centre is now underway. Named REDI, the Kalasatama centre will be a major hub of commerce, transport and housing for this new Helsinki inner-city district.

The REDI development will require temporary arrangements on the Itäväylä expressway and the roads of Junatie and Hermannin rantatie starting on 5 May. The detours will be in place to 2017.

 Traffic arrangements caused by the REDI construction site

April 2015

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.

March 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:38

Construction of Kalasatama centre to start in April

The construction of the Kalasatama centre Redi will commence at the beginning of April.

Redi will comprise a commercial section at its core, Finland’s tallest high-rise buildings on top of the commercial section, and underground parking. The construction will start from the commercial and parking sections, which are scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2018. In its entirety, Redi is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:46

Construction of a hotel and Tyynenmerenkatu causes traffic arrangements in Jätkäsaari

The construction of the Clarion hotel in Jätkäsaari starts on 16 March and the hotel will be completed in October 2017. The construction of the hotel has significant consequences for the passenger car traffic from the harbour area of the West Harbour.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:17

Helsinki: Smart City – Smart Choice at MIPIM 2015

Helsinki is introducing major urban development projects at MIPIM 2015 March 10-13, at Cannes, France.

Helsinki’s growth relies on strong foundations

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It is expanding powerfully in the inner city on land vacated from former industrial and port operations. Many of Europe’s biggest urban development projects are underway in Helsinki.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 09:52

Detailed plan for Central Pasila’s Tripla hub given the force of law

The Helsinki City Council approved the detailed plan for the central blocks of Pasila in January. The appeal period closed on 2 March, and because no appeals were made, the detailed plan for the area has the force of law as of 6 March.

February 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:28

Helsinki-Tallinn fixed link prefeasibility study supports further planning of undersea railway tunnel

The results of the pre-feasibility study support a need for more detailed analysis of the construction and operation of the tunnel. The recommended solution of the study is a railway tunnel, which would connect to the junctions of the current public transport systems in both countries. A travel time as short as possible between the city centres was deemed the most important thing for the profitability of the tunnel.
The realisation of the Rail Baltic and its fast railway connection to Europe is also a prerequisite for the project.

December 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:26

Developers of Smart Kalasatama gather in a seminar

The key actors of the Fiksu Kalasatama (Smart Kalasatama) project and all those interested in the project met on 11 December at a seminar to review the project and developments so far. The seminar gathered more than 100 participants.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 10:27

Investor group of Kalasatama’s REDI project consists of Finnish institutions

SRV, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, and OP-Pohjola Group’s insurance and pension communities as well as a real estate fund managed by the Group have negotiated an agreement on the founding of a joint venture for implementing the REDI shopping centre and parking facility at Kalasatama. Signing the agreement is conditional on external loan financing, the terms of which SRV is currently negotiating with a syndicate of banks.

November 2014

October 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 14:38

Helsinki-Malmi Airport to be returned to Helsinki

The Finnish State will withdraw its aviation operations from Helsinki-Malmi Airport in September 2016. The airport area will return to City of Helsinki ownership no later than 1 January 2017. The City plans to turn the airport into a residential area by the beginning of the 2020’s.

The Finnish Government made the decision to close down the operations of Helsinki-Malmi Airport in March 2014 in connection of an agreement on a budgetary framework and a plan for public finances.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 12:06

Mayor of Helsinki Jussi Pajunen on the 2015 budget: Helsinki invests in new residential areas

”The budget proposal enables basic services at the current level to the people of Helsinki. The municipal tax will not be raised. The investments will be used to ensure the construction of new residential areas and a working public transport system”, says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of his 2015 budget proposal.

The Mayor’s 2015 budget proposal has been made in accordance with the conditions of the City Council’s strategy programme.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 14:39

Timo Santala to head Helsinki's food culture strategy

Timo Santala takes over as Project Manager of the City of Helsinki's Food Culture Strategy in early November as predecessor Ville Relander, leading the strategy work since 2011, starts a new job as a restaurateur.

September 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 07:36

Helsinki High-rise – Welcome to hear about a design-build competition for Finland's prime location

A design-build competition for Finland’s new central business and residential district will be launched in autumn 2015.

The State of Finland and the City of Helsinki are seeking a developer for the Pasila tower area close to Helsinki's city centre by means of a design-build competition. A high-quality residential, office and business entity comprising 150,000–200,000 square metres of floor area is being planned for Pasila.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 07:36

Helsinki is introducing major urban development projects at EXPO REAL in München Germany October 6th – 8th 2014

Helsinki is undergoing remarkable changes; waterfront areas of 250 hectares will be transformed into development projects, creating 4.5 million m² for new residential areas and almost 2.5 million m² for business areas by 2040. This means new homes for 100,000 people and jobs for tens of thousands. Two of the major development projects presented at EXPO REAL are Pasila and Kalasatama.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 13:30

The Central Library project is ready for decision-making – the spirit of the storehouses and the freedom to do will be incorporated in the library

The project plan for the Helsinki Central Library is now complete and the decision-making process begins. The project plan will be processed by the Cultural and Library Committee on 16 September and then by the Real Estate Committee in the course of autumn. After processing by the committees, the project plan will progress to the City Board and next year to the City Council.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:09

Development of a landmark wooden city quarter in Jätkäsaari moves on

The planning of the Wood City project in Jätkäsaari has reached an advanced stage, and parts of this city quarter making extensive use of wood have already entered the implementation stage. Planning goes on for the projected office, hotel and commercial section.