The construction of Kalasatama started in 2009 and will continue until the late 2030s. Kalasatama is one of the largest areas being constructed in Helsinki. The area is being built in stages, and construction is under way in several sub-areas.

How Kalasatama is being built

The Kalasatama area has been used for industry and port activities since the late 19th century. The port was relocated to Vuosaari in late 2008. Some small-scale industry still remains. Over the decades, land filling has been used to expand the shore area. The islands in the area, such as Kyläsaari, Iso Verkkosaari and Pieni Verkkosaari, Sompasaari and Hanasaari have been buried by the current Kalasatama.

Before house construction can begin, the ground will be reinforced, contaminated soil will be cleaned, and the shore areas will be filled and dredged as part of pre-construction.

Most of Kalasatama will be constructed one sub-area at a time. The first residents moved into Kalasatama in autumn 2012. Housing construction is already complete in the Sörnäistenniemi area, which was built first. Housing construction is currently under way in Sompasasaari, southern Verkkosaari, Redi and the Työpajanpiha area.

Construction in 2020

  • Loisto, the second apartment tower at Redi, is being built and it is scheduled for completion in autumn 2021.
  • Housing construction continues actively at Sompasaari. Overall, 7 locations will be completed in 2020.
  • Southern Verkkosaari is also a busy construction area, with a total of 16 locations scheduled for completion in 2020.
  • The new business building for the Urban Environment sector will be completed on Työpajanpiha in the summer of 2020, and housing construction has also started there.
  • The second stage of Kalasatama comprehensive school will be completed in late 2020.
  • Construction of Kalasatamanpuisto park continues.
  • The construction of the northern part of Loviseholminpuisto will begin in summer 2020.
  • Street construction continues in Sompasaari, southern Verkkosaari, Vilhonvuorenkatu and the Työpajanpiha area. Street finishing work is under way in Koksikatu and near the building projects in their final stages.
  • Pre-construction and street construction are under way in northern Verkkosaari.
  • Preparations are being made for building a tramway in Kalasatama.

Construction schedules on the map

PDF map: Construction schedules for the sub-areas in Kalasatama

The construction schedules for the various sub-areas in Kalasatama will indicate the estimated construction starting years and the forms of occupancy, i.e. whether they are owner-occupied, rented, Hitas regulated or right of residence apartments, or apartments intended for students and youth. The schedules for street and park construction are also indicated in the maps for sub-areas being built. There are also some maps on other topics, such as traffic route changes.

The maps are updated a few times per year.

Which kinds of areas will Kalasatama have?

  • Sörnäistenniemi has some 2,900 residents. The area already has a school, with a second stage scheduled for completion in 2020, two day-care centres, and one temporary day-care centre, two small grocery stores, a few restaurants and some other business premises. The hotel plot currently housing the temporary day-care centre will be built up later. You can reach Mustikkamaa from Sörnäistenniemi by crossing the Isoisänsilta bridge.
  • Sompasaari will have homes for some 3,000 people. The first apartments were completed in 2018. Loviseholminpuisto park is located in the middle of Sompasaari, and the shore areas have plots for ships that must be open to the public, such as restaurant ships. The local detailed plan also allows for the construction of a spa hotel.
  • Nihti is located at the southernmost tip of Kalasatama. The area has great views of the sea, the centre and Tervasaari. Planning for the area is under way, and it will have some 3,000 residents. Nihti will also be the terminal station for the Kalasatama tramway, and the goal is for the tram to start operating in 2024. Around the year 2026, the Kruunusillat bridges will link Nihti to Merihaka and further to the centre. 
  • The Redi Shopping Centre opened in autumn 2018. Redi will also have eight towers, seven of which will house apartments for some 2,500 residents, while one will have offices and an apartment hotel. The towers will be 20–37 storeys high, with the tallest reaching 132 metres. The first apartment tower was completed in autumn 2019 and the second tower, scheduled for completion in 2021, is currently being built.
  • The first apartments in southern Verkkosaari were completed in late 2018. Kesko’s head office, K-Kampus, was completed in spring 2019. More business premises are being built along Itäväylä. The area also has a health and wellness centre that started in 2018. The seaside blocks overlook the sea in front of Vanhakaupunki. Redi’s services and good public transport connections are right next door.
  • A residential area for some 3,600 residents, a large day-care centre and a small boat harbour will be built in northern Verkkosaari in the 2020s. Pre-construction and street construction are already under way in the area.
  • Verkkosaarenranta will see 40 floating apartments in the early 2020s.
  • Students live in the campus area in northern Kyläsaari, the northernmost part of Kalasatama. Diaconia University of Applied Sciences moved there in 2016. The sports hall and student apartments for Arcada University of Applied Sciences were completed in early 2019. Other parts of the Kyläsaari area will be completed during the final stages of Kalasatama’s construction in the 2030s.
  • Hermanninranta is located between Hermannin rantatie and the future Hermannin rantapuisto park. Land use planning for the area was started in 2020. A plot for a comprehensive school will also be allocated in the area.
  • The old gas plant area buildings in Suvilahti will be preserved and restored mainly for use in cultural activities. The area hosts numerous events each year, and the plan is to develop the area into an event venue.
  • The operation of the Hanasaari power plant will cease by the end of 2024. Apartments and more will be built in the area in the 2030s.

Construction of business premises

Companies are interested in Kalasatama especially for its central location and good accessibility.

  • Business premises are being built in the Redi centre in Kalasatama.
  • Lindström Invest has expanded its office building complex alongside Hermannin rantatie; the latest building was completed in late 2019. The goal is to start construction on the next building in 2020.
  • Kesko’s head office K-Kampus was completed in spring 2019. The Kalasatama health and wellness centre was commissioned in February 2018.
  • The city’s own Urban Environment building is being constructed on Työpajankatu, and it will be completed in summer 2020.
  • Kalasatama also has available plots for hotels and business premises.

Street and park construction

Streets and parks are being constructed in stages according to the area’s housing construction schedule. Street finishing work and planting can usually only be carried out once the adjacent buildings have been completed. Kalasatamanpuisto park will be nearly completed in 2020. The construction of Loviseholminpuisto, located in Sompasaari, will begin in summer 2020, and the goal is to have the park near completion during 2021. Most of the construction in Loviseholminpuisto will take place in 2021. Hermannin rantapuisto will be built in the northern part of Kalasatama in the 2030s. In the future, a six-kilometre shore route will run along the shoreline, from the mouth of Vantaanjoki river via Arabianranta and Kalasatama to Merihaka.

The names for the new streets and parks come from Kalasatama’s history as a port, for example. There are streets named after ships, such as Junonkatu and Capellanaukio. Kivihiilenkatu (“Coal Street”) and Koksikatu (“Coke Street”) are named after the former coal docks, warehouses and gas plant. At Verkkosaari, the nomenclature is based on fishing terminology.

Plans and street and park construction on a map

Construction logistics minimise disruptions

The construction logistics operator monitors that construction-related traffic and parking, plot and street construction and their support functions, such as a storage, work as fluently as possible and with a minimum of disruptions. Whenever possible, the worksite support functions are routed into centralised logistics areas. Special attention is paid to safety. Street areas, unbuilt areas and the cleanliness of the site environments are regularly monitored by means of site tours.

Residents can notify the construction logistics contact of any possible disruptions and problems during construction.

Sitowise Oy
Tel. 040 621 5969
logistiikka.kalasatama (at) sitowise.com

Land use planning

Local detailed plans define land use in the area, such as where to build apartments, offices and parks, and where the streets and other routes will run. Read more about land use planning here

Local detailed plans for the sub-areas of Kalasatama and their related documentation on the Helsinki Map Service

Plots

The City of Helsinki will mainly sign over residential plots based on a public application process.  Some plots will be signed over separately based on quality or price competitions.

Kalasatama also has several plots for business premises and hotels. You can enquire about the plots from the city’s land property development and plots service.

Updated 5.6.2020