Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2016 - Page 22

to bring a good degree of diversity to the neighbourhood,” says Maarttola, adding that within a period of five years, especially the residential side will be bolstered significantly. Another sign that bodes well for the district is the fact that major banks keep moving their operations to Vallila – “follow the money” may not be such bad advice. Minna Maarttola hopes that Vallila can attract more businesses and investors. Reinventing Vallila Going west from the Kalasatama shores for a couple of kilometres, one finds an enterprising district that is already firing on all cylinders. The Vallila District is a favourite of companies both big and small, since accessibility here is exceptional: trams and buses form the backbone for public transport and the Pasila railway station is just a little stroll away. City Development Manager Minna Maarttola comments that Vallila has increased its appeal of late, with big companies such as Amer Sports settling in the newly zoned Engine Shed (Konepaja) area. “All of Vallila area is really shaping out well, and is a good example of the local demographics: we are combining business, offices and residential solutions in order 20 Nordicum The Silicon Vallila Furthermore, there’s plenty of ICT jobs in the neighbourhood and health and life sciences industries have a remarkably strong profile, too. In fact, with GE Healthcare taking the lead, there’s even a dynamic “Health Innovation Village” for healthcare startups located right here. Maarttola cites Health Innovation Village as one example of the local progressive mindset: smaller companies benefit from being in the vicinity of the big industry players as networking and joint projects become easier. “Companies are finding new ways to