Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2013 - Page 45

Photo: Studio Daniel Libeskind for NCC city’s growth and construction needs. New residential areas must be built for the newcomers, and it makes sense to build new areas that are close to existing public and commercial services whenever possible. In 2013, Tampere is preparing to kickstart significant projects to energise the city. The vitality of the downtown area is a key target and the construction of Ranta-Tampella and the linking Rantaväylä tunnel bring something extra to the equation. “We will have ambitious waterfront residential construction right in the centre and 3,500 residents will make their homes here, right next to the commercial services of the downtown,” Laiho says. Laiho describes the role of the Rantaväylä tunnel as crucial, explaining that it will eliminate traffic bottlenecks and facilitate smoother downtown logistics. Underground parking is in the cards, too – and it will be realised using a new concept which is more safety and service oriented. “With these changes, the urban environment is transformed, leaving more room for pedestrians and bicyclists,” he says. A light rail transportation system is also being planned for the city centre. Architectural Magic Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Laiho notes that Tampere – as the biggest inland city in Nordic countries – has a catchment area that is different from, say, certain coastal capitals. “Our catchment area forms a full circle, where as Helsinki forms only half a circle,” he compares. Downtown Dynamo Tampere is already building the future via hefty investments in order to respond to the The real show-stopper, however, is being planned right next to the train station. In fact, this piece of world-class real estate will be raised above the tracks using spectacular deck construction. The vision plan for the project was made by the American “starchitect” Daniel Libeskind. The idea here is to bring cohesion into a city structure divided by tracks, creating in essence, a totally new city district for Tampere. The development is a co-operation between NCC Development, Tampere Central Arena Ltd and the City of Tampere. “This project is a great example that you can go forward with high-profile architectural projects, even in downtown areas,” Laiho says, adding that zoning plan is now legitimate. Laiho views hybrid construction to be the key here: “For the deck towers, the bottom one or two floors are reserved for commercial use, and storeys 3–8 for office use. On top of this, there will be some 10 storeys of residential use. This is an effective mix,” he says. Magnetic Masterpiece There will be 60,000 square metres of construction on top of the railroad – and then the arena at almost 50,000 sqm, with seats for about 11,000 spectators. If everything goes well, the first phase of the project could be ready by 2015 and the whole area would be running by 2020. According to the plans, most of the arena’s facilities are used and open for public also outside the time of events. In addition to ice hockey games, the arena is a venue for a wide variety of events, for example world-class concerts. “The project will solidify the urban structure a great deal and serve as a major attraction all on its own.” Laiho is al ͼ