The construction of Leppävaara in Espoo, a commercial center of approximately ten hectares in size, started in the spring of 2001. The largest shopping center in Finland, Sello, was built in the area. The first stage of the center included, for example, a new Prisma supermarket, Citymarket supermarket and other services, such as a library, a joint service point of the organizations occupying the shopping mall, a music hall and the facilities of a conservatoire.

When the second stage of the project was completed in the autumn of 2005, Sello became one of the largest shopping centers in Europe with its total floor area of approximately 86,000 m2. Parking facilities for a little over 3,000 cars were built. Sello Rex Entertainment Center was completed in 3.phase. 

Skanska has also constructed Palace Hotel Sello next to the Sello Shopping Center as a joint venture with NCC Construction Ltd.


Service: Construction, M & E Installations
Mark segment: Retail, Building, Hotels and motels, Restaurants, Recreational, Concert halls, Libraries, Theaters
Start date: 2001
Completion date: 2008
Clients: Kuntien Eläkevakuutus,LEL Työeläkekassa,Eläke-Fennia,Kauppakeskus Sello,Etera
Country: Finland
City: Espoo
Project status: Completed


Construction Site of the Year 2004
by Finnish construction magazine Rakennuslehti. The second stage of the construction site of Sello Shopping Center was awarded the Construction Site of the Year 2004 award given by construction trade magazine Rakennuslehti. The jury said in its statement that the project, which was the largest largest target price project by then implemented in Finland, was successful especially due to the selection of key personnel, detailed schedules and design guidance to such an extent that the construction site was handed over to the client one month ahead of schedule. 97.5 per cent of the material from a previous mall, Maxi, located at the same site could be re-utilized in the construction of the new one. The focus area of the construction site competition was safety at work, and the Sello construction site was the best in this. Three accidents took place at the Sello construction site, and thus the accident frequency was 3.3 accidents per one million working hours, compared to the average value of more than 40 at Finnish construction sites in average at the time. The panel also paid attention in the safely arranged pedestrian traffic and the innovative fixing solutions used in arched railings at the construction site.
Towards the Best in Safety at Work in the World 2005'
the Roof of the Year in 2006
the Roof Association of Finland