Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2015 - Page 30

Photos: HKP Architects End of the Line – Only For Now Matinkylä is the “anchor for all ages” for the western metro line As the new western metro line is poised for launch at the end of 2016, we already know there will be a sequel, an additional stretch of tracks going westwards. For years to come, however, the end of the line will be Matinkylä which has experienced a wave of intense development lately. According to Markus Saari, Project Director for the City of Espoo, there’s still plenty of upgrades in store for the neighbourhood. “W e have just finalised the Matinkylä-Olari development vision in December and are looking to develop the area from the viewpoint of community, providing services for all citizens,” Saari says. In the future, this city centre located between the sea and Espoo Central Park will feature even more services, recreational activities and well-being focus. Arrival of the metro and the new bus terminal will provide the approximately 50,000 residents of Matinkylä with great public transport connections to Helsinki and all parts of Espoo. Since Matinkylä is the end of the line, it is a crucial feeder traffic hub which is estimated to be used by over 30,000 passengers daily. In fact, based on 28 Nordicum passenger forecasts, it will be the busiest station of the new line. Bite the Apple The dominant feature in Matinkylä is the shopping centre Iso Omena, the fifth biggest shopper’s paradise in the land. The Matinkylä metro station will be located on the empty lot at the southern end of the shopping centre. The block where the station will be located is owned by the City, and is witnessing a boom in complementary construction. The plan for the block allows the placement of commercial services, offices or even residential buildings. The arrival of metro is expected to attract both new businesses and residents here. “In total, there is 70,000 floor square metres of construction going on in Matinkylä,” says Saari. Public-Private Edge At the very core of things, NCC Property Development and Citycon are making a genuine “metro centre,” conveniently linking the metro station, bus terminal and the shopping centre. Markus Saari says that the top level of the new metro centre will be reserved for municipal services: the City will have as much as 6,000 square metres of public services here. Also, the environs of the station will be developed into a services/wellbeing park which will feature a lot of “grey power”. “We are committed to providing solutions that will make the area enjoyable to especially senior citizens,” Saari confirms. Called Tynnyripuisto (Barrel Park), the new park promises to combine leisure and services in a novel way. “There are plans