Salmisaari, Telakkaranta and
Ruoholahti 200 hectares
To be completed in 2030
A five minute tram ride
away from the city centre
A seaside trail covering
nearly 16 kilometres
The first residents moved
to Eiranranta in 2008.
Eiranranta and its parks
are connected with the
parks in Merisatama
and with the future
parks in Hernesaari.
After completion, the
park area will provide
a pleasant, continuous
West Harbour is one of the largest construction projects in
the Helsinki area. The former coastal industrial and port
districts are gradually being converted into residential
and business districts with access to services. Previously
private areas by the sea will be opened to the public as
the construction process progresses.
Huutokonttori is the Jätkäsaari information centre. There
you can view the district construction plans and monitor
work progress through an exhibition and large multi-touch
wall. The info centre also has varying constructor exhibitions and a café restaurant. There is a rescue station and a
regional construction logistics operator in same the building.
A construction project that lasts for several decades
requires coordination and new methods from the City.
The City is building high quality living districts that are
convenient for both business and recreational activities.
The West Harbour project began in Ruoholahti and will
finish in Hernesaari. Jätkäsaari, the largest district in
the West Harbour area, is currently under construction.
E-mail addresses: [email protected]
Coordination of Planning and Construction
Project Manager Timo Laitinen
Tel. +358 9 310 36114
Economic and Planning Centre
Head of Project Matti Kaijansinkko
Tel. +358 9 310 37195
City Planning Department
Publisher: The City of Helsinki, Economic and Planning Centre, 2012.
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Land Allocation and Plot Issues
Real estate lawyer Kristian Berlin
Tel. +358 9 310 36438
Real Estate Department
A long, luscious strip of seashore
The commercial premises district in Salmisaari is expected
to be completed in 2015. It will provide jobs for 4,000
people, and it includes already a sports centre with two
training ice stadiums, and the biggest indoor climbing walls
in the Nordic countries. Salmisaari also has a boat harbour.
Recreational routes go through Salmisaari to Lapinlahti.
Helsingin Energia has had a power plant in Salmisaari since
1953. The coal used by the plant has been stored in a rock
cavern, vacating space for commercial premises construction.
Ruoholahti is a fine example of
successful urban building. The
former harbour, warehouse and
industrial district of Ruoholahti
was converted into a residential
building area when the city needed
more plots in the early 1980s. The
district was completed in the early
21st century, with 6,000 residents
and 12,000 jobs.
The Telakkaranta area located between Hietalahti and Telakkakatu street owes its distinctly
marine atmosphere to the old dockyard and
the historical ships docked at the wharf, the
boats in the Jätkäsaari passenger harbour on the
opposite shore and, in the summer, the huge
ocean cruisers of Hernesaari. The old industrial
buildings in the area will be converted into office,
business and cultural facilities. The two hectare
waterfront district will also have apartments
for approximately 300 residents.
Good traffic connections to Jätkäsaari
It is easy to move around Jätkäsaari on foot or by
bicycle or tram. The no. 8 and 9 trams go to Jätkäsaari. The
nearest metro station is located in Ruoholahti. Jätkäsaari
will be connected to the coastal route for non-motorised
traffic that circles the Helsinginniemi peninsula.
• Surface area 100 hectares
• 17,000 residents
• 6,000 jobs
Sports and activity centre Bunkkeri
Former harbour warehouse building Bunkkeri,
completed in 1972, will be transformed into a sports
and activity centre. The Bunkkeri building will have a
public pool and sports, teaching and cultural facilities.
Apartments are being planned on the rooftop of the
seven storey Bunkkeri.
Jätkäsaari will be a waterfront inner city district on the
southwest tip of Helsinki. It will be complete with a diverse
range of services, pleasant parks and a functional network
of public and non-motorised transport connections.
A diverse range of housing options
Jätkäsaari will provide a diverse range of housing alternatives, such
as state-funded rental apartments, Hitas (owner occupied price and
quality controlled flats on city owned land) and right of occupancy
homes, and privately financed apartments for sale and rental. Apartments for students, senior citizens and people with disabilities will
also be erected in the area. Detached townhouses near the waterfront
and co-housing apartment buildings will add variety to the scenery.
Close to good services
Jätkäsaari residents will have access to primary schools, day care
centres, sports parks, a public pool and boat harbours. Public health
• Surface area 33 hectares
• 5,100 residents
• 3,800 jobs
services will be available at the nearby Maria Hospital. Shops and
other business facilities will be built on street level and in the
Jätkäsaari central blocks.
Hernesaari is located on the southern waterfront of the inner city,
west of the Eira and Ullanlinna districts. The district was formed
in the 1940s through dockyard activity related land reclamation.
A six-hectare park will be located on the eastern shore of
Hernesaari. It will form the western end of a recreational area
that goes round the shores of Kaivopuisto and Eira.
A vacuum waste collection system will be introduced to facilitate
residents' everyday life. Less maintenance traffic means safer and
more enjoyable living surroundings. The system will be taken
introduced in 2013. A city established company, Jätkäsaaren Rööri,
will be responsible for its operations.
Hernesaari will be a residential and business area with access
to recreational and travel services such as a sailing boat harbour
and a water sports centre. A boating business and activity
centre, Merikylä, will be erected near the boat harbours for
the enjoyment of boating enthusiasts and the general public.
A dockyard will operate in Hernesaari until the end of 2017.
Residential construction will begin after the dockyard activities
come to a halt.
More wharfs will be added for cruise boats. A permanent helipad
will be constructed at a sufficient distance from residential areas.
The Jätkäsaari construction project involves several phases. Operational solutions will ensure that all construction-related traffic, street
and plot construction work, storage operations and parking will
cause as little inconvenience as possible. Thus, the district will be
an enjoyable living environment even early on in the construction
project. It is also important to ensure the flow of communication
to residents and project partners.
The Crusellbridge connects the west end of Jätkäsaari to Ruoholahti. The
landmark rises nearly 50 metres above the surface of the sea. The bridge
is 143 metres long and 25 metres wide. It was named after the famous
composer and clarinetist Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775–1838).
Western Link and Baana
An environmental work of art titled Western Link by sculptor Martti Aiha functions
as a junction for non-motorised traffic on Mechelininkatu street. Baana is a
1,3 kilometre long pedestrian and cycle route from West Harbour to the city
centre. The old harbour route will be replaced by a bicycle and pedestrian road
flanked by sturdy, hundred-year-old rock cuts and stone walls. Resting points,
plants, environmental art and sports fields will be sprinkled along the route.
The one kilometre long Hyväntoivonpuisto park will form the meandering
heart of Jätkäsaari. Another large park, Poseidoninpuisto, is located near the
Saukonlaituri area. The Bunkkeri sports park is a pleasant urban space complete
with recreational park areas. The parks are perfect for casual leisure time
and recreational activities.
The passenger ship terminal remains
The traffic at Finland’s busiest passenger ship terminal
mostly heads for Tallinn and St Petersburg. The Jätkäsaari
harbour has existed since the beginning of the 20th
century. The passenger harbour will continue to function
next to the new residential area. Three small sailboat
harbours and motorboat piers will be added in the future.