Infill construction is an important tool to increase the vitality in suburban regeneration areas. Infill construction allows for a better balance between rental apartments and owner-occupied housing in the area to meet the City’s goals, thus preventing segregation of residential areas.
In the Myllypuro district in Eastern Helsinki, for example, investments by the City and other operators as well as strong residential construction have facilitated in increasing the area’s attractiveness and changing its development path. This is why infill construction plays a major role also in the suburban regeneration model.
The objective is to ensure prerequisites for a 30 per cent addition to the building stock in the suburban regeneration areas by 2035. However, at the same time, the distribution of the different management forms of the areas’ building stock will be developed, meaning that the areas will feature balanced amounts of supported housing, owner-occupied housing and rental housing.
Infill construction ensures residents can be offered suitable housing solutions for all life situations. Aging residents, for example, are able to move into new accessible buildings equipped with lifts without leaving the area they are familiar with. Certain areas may lack family apartments, for example, or intermediate forms between rental and owner-occupied housing, such as right-of-occupancy apartments.
The quality of the environment, such as parks and pathways, and public transport services can also be improved in connection with infill construction. The growing number of inhabitants will also create opportunities for maintaining commercial services and creating new ones, which also improves the availability of jobs.
New constructions will increase interest in the area as a living area that is formed of different eras. Infill construction is always adapted to its environment.