Construction work in Jätkäsaari was started in earnest in 2009. During the 2010s, a total of 5,120 housing units were completed in the area. Construction has continued in full swing until the turn of the decade, with the building of 260 housing units started in Jätkäsaari this year. At the beginning of December, the total number of active construction sites was 17.
In the coming years, the aim is to begin the construction of 800 new dwellings in Jätkäsaari each year. About half of the area’s residential buildings have now been completed. The population of Jätkäsaari exceeded 10,000 in late 2020. This number will double by 2030, amounting to a total of 20,000. Once completed, Jätkäsaari will be the size of a medium Finnish town like Hamina or Naantali.
The coronavirus epidemic has not largely affected the completion schedule of Jätkäsaari construction objects. Seven new apartment blocks have been completed in Jätkäsaari after the summer. The housing units completed in autumn can be found at Kuubankatu 3, Karibianranta 4, Bermudankatu 1, Karibiankuja 4, Atlantinkatu 13, Bahamankatu 4 and Livornonkatu 7.
Wood City office building, i.e. the Supercell headquarters, was also completed this autumn. Employees will move into the building at the start of 2021. In addition to this, the hall project of the football club PPJ was completed in November in Jätkäsaari sports park.
Picture:The air-inflated hall of PPJ football club was completed in November 2020(Antti Pulkkinen)
In 2021, the construction of Atlantinsilta bridge will continue in Jätkäsaari. The work is expected to be ready in May. Atlantinkatu and Atlantinsilta bridge will be opened for tram traffic after that. The northern part of Hyväntoivonpuisto park has been mostly completed in summer 2020, but its last edge will be built in 2021. Preconstruction will be simultaneously completed in the southern part of Hyväntoivonpuisto park. To be completed next spring, the final part of Saukonpaadenpuisto park is also under construction.
The idea competition for Jätkäsaari L3 magazine ended at the end of September 2020. The evaluation of the competition entries is currently going on. Since autumn, the L3 magazine has been home to a coronavirus testing point operated by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa. The detailed plan of the service blocks of Jätkäsaari has also become final. The construction of housing units in these blocks will start in spring 2021. Housing unit construction in the Melkinlaituri area will also start next year.
Between 2008 and 2020, the City has invested a total of some 270 million euros in Jätkäsaari. In addition to this, about 200 million euros worth of investments are still in the pipeline. The most notable infrastructure construction projects for the near future are Atlantinsilta Bridge and Saukonpaadenpuisto Park, which will be completed next year.