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February 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 14:46

MIPIM 2014 March 11-14, at Cannes France: Helsinki – Finland Smart Choice

Helsinki is introducing major urban development projects at Stand 21.14-25.07 (Level 01), Palais Des Festival.

In Helsinki, 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. In large projects the city is using the newest energy efficient technology together with advanced players in the construction sector.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 14:22

Helsinki Region Infoshare - 2 years of open public data

The Helsinki Region Infoshare project opens up public and cost-free information on the Helsinki Region for use by all. Unlocking public data resources will increase citizens’ awareness and understanding about the development of their region, thus improving the conditions of civic participation.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:36

Renewal of Pasila: Pasila becomes the second centre of Helsinki

Pasila will become the second centre of Helsinki. The role of Pasila as a key area of commercial construction, a business hub and a media, events and congress neighbourhood is becoming stronger. The upcoming traffic solutions increase the significance of Pasila as a functional and versatile centre and place of residence for the entire country.

October 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 13:29

EXPO REAL in München Germany October 7th – 9th 2013

Helsinki introducing major urban development projects at Stand B1.320
Largest projects in Helsinki take place in:
1. Old Monumental and Business Centre
2. Pasila – Helsinki Business and Media Hub
3. West Harbour – A New Maritime Inner City District
4. Kalasatama - Residential and Business District on the Waterfront
5. Kruunuvuorenranta - City Life and Wilderness – The district of lights

September 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 09:29

Jätkäsaari to be home to Finland’s tallest wooden apartment buildings

The Helsinki Housing Production Department ATT has commissioned eight-storey apartment buildings for the new Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki. The buildings will have a total of 98 apartments for rent.

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 14:27

Two major Kalasatama projects completed

Two major construction projects in Kalasatama commissioned by the City of Helsinki have been completed. The contractor SRV has handed over the Kalasatama waste collection station to Kalasataman jätteen putkikeräys Oy and the Metro overpass bridge to the City of Helsinki Public Works Department.
The underground waste collection station will serve the entire Kalasatama district. The waste collection system utilizing a vacuum technology and a network of underground waste collection tubes will free the district from waste collection trucks and retain the district’s waste collection operating costs below the costs of traditional waste collection.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 17:15

Kalasatama developed in a smart cities project

Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation – challenges Finnish cities and enterprises to develop new solutions for smart urban environments in the Fiksu kaupunki (“smart cities”) programme.
The first pilot project of the smart cities programme is Fiksu Kalasatama (“smart Kalasatama”) implemented by the City of Helsinki. The project will develop Kalasatama into a model district of smart urban development. Kalasatama will be developed with various tests and with the help of open data.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 12:13

Proposal for Central Pasila centre uniting Eastern Pasila and Western Pasila chosen

The planning and plan implementation competition of the central block of Central Pasila, arranged by the City of Helsinki and Senate Properties, has now come to an end. The winning proposal nominee is called Tripla (The Triple).
The concept of the Tripla proposal was developed by Dutch architecture firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.). It was submitted by YIT Construction Ltd. The total worth of the project is about one billion euros. The result of the competition will be confirmed by the Helsinki City Council, the Senate Properties board of directors as well as the Parliament of Finland.

August 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 12:02

Helsinki going to Russian real estate markets – See Russian presentation below!

Pro Estate in Moscow 9.-11.9.2013 gathers together the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa and Airport City Aviapolis, corporate partners NCC Russia, Lemminkäinen and Invest in Finland.
- As capitals, Helsinki and Moscow have worked together, and the relations between Helsinki and St. Petersburg have been close for a long time. Our areal challenges are similar and, therefore, we have a lot to learn from each other’s good solutions, says Mr. Hannu Penttilä, Deputy Mayor, City Planning and Real Estate.

June 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 13:07

A Finnish-British team won the Kruunusillat competition

The winner is a light cable stayed bridge that fits into the seascape
The winner of the Kruunusillat bridge competition is an entry called Gemma Regalis. The entry was submitted by a Finnish-British team gathered by WSP Finland. Sami Niemelä and Pekka Pulkkinen, Masters of Science in Engineering, are chief designers and Martin Knight is chief architect.

April 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 08:45

Helsinki plans extensive land acquisitions in Östersundom

The City of Helsinki plans to acquire extensive land areas, a total of 94 hectares, in Östersundom in Eastern Helsinki. The price of the land areas, now in private ownership, would be 14.5 million euro. The City would allocate the new land to housing development.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 08:57

Mustikkamaa island to be only minutes away from Kalasatama

The Kalasatama inner-city district under development on former harbour and industrial land will be connected to the Mustikkamaa island and outdoor area with a footbridge that will allow access from Kalasatama to Mustikkamaa in only minutes.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 08:39

New housing in Helsinki mainly consists of low energy homes

A record 67 percent of new residential building projects granted construction permits in Helsinki in 2012 met the highest energy efficiency requirements, falling into energy efficiency class A. Three years earlier, only one-fifth of new residential buildings met class A requirements.

March 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 08:51

Östersundom envisioned as a green-energy pioneer

A new plan for the Östersundom district envisions Östersundom as a garden district at the forefront of sustainable development fuelled by green energy. The plan is presented in a report by an “Östersundom clinic” published in the beginning of the year. According to the plan, buildings in Östersundom would use only renewable energy.

February 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 13:49

Underground waste management proposed for Kruunuvuorenranta

A large underground waste collection system is proposed for the Kruunuvuorenranta residential area, now under planning and development. According to the proposal, made by the City of Helsinki Real Estate Department, waste management would be handled with the help of a comprehensive underground vacuum collection system reaching all properties in the area. The system would serve about 12,000 residents and 1,000 jobs planned for the area.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:26

Helsinki introducing major urban development projects Mipim 12 - 15 March 2013, Cannes France

Helsinki is introducing several development projects; e.g. in the old waterfront areas plans are creating 4.5 million m² for new residential areas and almost 2.5 million m² for business areas by 2040. Focus areas are Pasila, West Harbour, Kalasatama, Kruunuvuorenranta, The old monumental and business centre including plans for New Helsinki Central Library and South Harbour development project.
The foremost international real estate property market gathers 4,300 real estate investors, 1,850 exhibiting companies and 20,000 unique participants from 80 countries.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 13:28

World’s best bridge designers building bridges for Helsinki

The eleven entries for the international bridge design competition Kruunusillat (Crown Bridges) are on display and available for public comment at an exhibition in Helsinki and on the Internet. The jury will select the winner during spring 2013.
Helsinki launched the competition in 2011 by inviting the participation of multi-field teams from around the world. More than fifty teams applied and ten were selected for the actual competition phase.

January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 09:46

Renewable energy use expands with school extension and biodegradation projects

The Sakarinmäki School House in the eastern Helsinki community of Östersundom sets an example in the use of renewable energy in Helsinki. A school house extension, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014, will be implemented with on-site renewable heating energy production.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:56

Proposed designs for iconic Helsinki bridges to be put on exhibit for public review

An international design competition is underway on the major Kruunusillat bridges, a proposed bridge connection between the future Kruunuvuorenranta suburb and the inner city. The public will have an opportunity to examine the designs at the Laituri gallery from 20 February to 9 March and make comments, which will be reviewed by the competition’s jury.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 09:28

Over 5,000 housing units completed in 2012

Helsinki exceeded the City’s target level of 5,000 new units in housing production during 2012. A total of 5,172 new units were completed, comprising both new construction and refurbished building stock.

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