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.
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.
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.
Companies are interested in Kalasatama especially for its central location and good accessibility.
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
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.
Tel. 040 621 5969
logistiikka.kalasatama (at) sitowise.com
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
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.