Construction in Jätkäsaari started in earnest in 2009 after Madonna’s concert there before 85,000 spectators, which was the largest ever pop music event in Scandinavia to that day.
Since then, lots of things have happened in Jätkäsaari. In the 2010s, a total of 5,120 new dwellings were finished in the area, and in 2019, construction of an additional 1,022 dwellings started that are still under construction. The aim is also to start building 800 dwellings annually over the next few years. An estimated 43 per cent of the residential buildings have been completed, while another 14 per cent are under construction.
Today, the “new part” of Jätkäsaari has 8,300 inhabitants. By 2030, this number will more than double, with an estimated 20,000 residents that year, making Jätkäsaari bigger than independent cities such as Hamina or Naantali.
With 40 per cent of local dwellings, the most common type of home in Jätkäsaari is a two room plus kitchen flat. One-room flats and three-room flats make up between 20 and 25 per cent each. Compared with the rest of Helsinki, Jätkäsaari is a youthful city district: half the residents are aged 20–39, and no less than three-quarters are under 45 years of age. A contributing factor is that the area contains many student flats.
The mother-tongue distribution is 79 per cent Finnish-speaking, 8 per cent Swedish-speaking (slightly over the city average), and 13 per cent with some other mother tongue.
Basic public services in Jätkäsaari are already quite comprehensive, and there is more to come. The area features six child day care centres today, and two more are planned. A comprehensive school for 7–15 year olds opened in Jätkäsaari in 2019. In addition, another similar school will open in 2023 or 2024 at Melkinlaituri.
Tram services in Jätkäsaari are excellent, with three different lines. Public sports amenities improved last year as the first phase of the sports grounds along with a temporary sports hall were finished. Installation of the inflatable sports hall hosted by the PPJ junior football club begins in spring 2020, and the Bunkkeri sports facilities and public swimming pool are scheduled for completion in 2023. A public library, too, is found in Jätkäsaari.
“We are especially pleased that the City’s public services have kept abreast with local population growth in Jätkäsaari,” says Outi Säntti, project manager of the Länsisatama district construction project. “The provision of public services such as child day care centres, schools, public transport and sports grounds is exceptionally large for a district still under construction.”
Between 2008 and 2019, the City of Helsinki invested a total of €230 million, and another €200 million are planned to be invested in Jätkäsaari. The largest infrastructure projects in the near future include the building of Atlantinsilta bridge in 2019–2021, the northern part of Hyväntoivonpuisto park by 2021, the Melkinlaiturin koulu school in 2023–2024 and the Saukonpaadenpuisto park in 2020–2021.
This news bulletin is accompanied by a video showing, in two minutes, construction in Jätkäsaari over the whole decade. It was shot from the tall chimney of Salmisaari power station, where the Raksakamera firm had a camera stationed throughout the decade.
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Picture above: Ramboll.