Skanska to build the Urban Environment House in Helsinki, Finland, for EUR 83M, about SEK 800M
Skanska has signed a contract with the City of Helsinki to build the Urban Environment House in Helsinki, Finland. The contract is worth EUR 83M, about SEK 800M, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the first quarter 2018.
The seven storey building in the Kalasatama area of Helsinki will comprise of about 40,000 gross square meters of office space. In addition, there will be one underground level, with parking spaces for cars and bikes. At the upper levels, there will be several terraced spaces that can be used for work, recreation or meetings. The facades of the Urban Environment House have been designed in line with the red-brick character of the area.
High goals have been set for the environmental and energy efficiency of the building. As for energy efficiency, the project will be almost at the zero net energy level. Most of the roof of the building will be covered by greenery as well as solar panels. As a minimum, the project strives for the Very Good level of the BREEAM environmental certification system.
Construction work will begin in February 2018. The project is expected to be completed during spring 2020.
Skanska is one of the leading development and construction companies in the Nordics, with operations in building construction and civil engineering in Sweden, Norway and Finland, and developing residential- and commercial property projects in select home markets. The commercial development stream is also active in Denmark. Skanska offers services in public-private partnerships. Skanska had sales of about SEK 67 billion and more than 15,000 employees in its Nordic operations during 2016.
Image by Lahdelma Malkamäki Architects.