Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2015 - Page 55

Domino Effect Mikko Lehtinen, Managing Director of Turku Technology Properties, says that next phase in the evolution of the Science Park will begin in spring 2015. “The making of the campus will start in earnest as the Turku University of Applied Sciences will focus all its resources in the Science Park.” This, in turn, will start a domino effect as other educational players will claim the properties left vacant by University of Applied Sciences. “We are able to utilise existing space to accomplish so much more,” says Lehtinen, adding that the question that is most on people’s minds is ‘Why wasn’t this done before?’ “It’s really such a simple, efficient solution,” Lehtinen says, obviously glad to get the ball rolling soon. Dream Campus – The Making Of Currently, Turku Technology Properties owns 100,000 square metres of existing premises – and the creation of full-fledged innovation campus will, eventually, add another 75,000 sqm into the mix. In the entire Turku Science Park area, there are over 250,000 square metres of completed premises. Mikko Lehtinen explains that the master plan relies on transforming Itäharju, a former industrial area located right next to Science Park, into a new type of neighbourhood which combines studying, living and leisure in a brand new way. Ambitious highrise construction, restaurants, stores and residential development are all in the cards for the Science Park – Itäharju combo. According to Lehtinen, Science Park – Itäharju area will be transformed into a “true city district”, with parks, sports grounds and all types of activities. “We’re looking to build a place that is not about business or residential concerns alone – a place where people simply like to go to hang out and have fun,” he says. Cover the Gap However, in order to fulfil the promise of the new city district, connectivity needs to improve a great deal. To facilitate this, a new hospital – with a price tag of EUR 180 million – will be built across both E18 motorway and the railroad tracks. Timo Hintsanen, Turku City Planning Director, says that realising the hospital on top of E18 and rail will go a long way to integrate the local urban structure, linking the emerging supercampus with downtown. “Furthermore, we are also looking into various solutions that boost mobility within the Science Park – Itäharju campus,” Hintsanen says, adding that this is very much in line with the City’s commitment to become the “most attractive city for students”. “As internal transportation is made easier, the campus will really get going.” There’s also much more that can be done to boost the cohesion and identity of the campus in various ways: for example, the campus lighting solutions could be provided by solar means, giving it a “signature look,” Hintsanen observes. Greener Energy Turku Technology Properties is driving this change with a decidedly green mindset. Mikko Lehtinen reveals that the company has looked into producing energy for itself – and via use of thermal energy, solar panels and excess heat recapture, very impressive results can be achieved