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Helsinki approves plan for hybrid tram-depot city block

The block will combine the transport depot and housing and has been proposed to be built in the vicinity of the final stop of the future Crown Bridges tram line. 

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The depot and the parking facility will be partially located underneath a park and street area
The depot and the parking facility will be partially located underneath a park and street area

Helsinki City Council has approved a detailed plan for the city’s tram-depot city block.

 

Laajasalo’s Yliskylä, Finland’s first hybrid city block to combine a transport depot and housing, has been proposed to be built in the vicinity of the final stop of the future Crown Bridges (Kruunusillat) tram line.

 

Functional plan

 

A functional plan for the complex was sought through an architectural competition, to solve how to integrate housing with tram depot operations, which require a great deal of space. The new detailed plan enables the construction of a tram depot, related support facilities and housing placed partially on top of the tram depot.

 

The depot would accommodate parking, maintenance and servicing facilities for tram operation, and it would be essential for the operation of the Crown Bridges tram line.

 

Most of the top floor space, a total of 42,900 square metres, will be reserved for housing. The total floor space of the depot is about 18,400 square metres, and a related parking facility has 11,500 square metres. An additional 1,200 square metres are reserved for commercial operations.

A functional plan for the complex was sought through an architectural competition, to solve how to integrate housing with tram depot operations, which require a great deal of space

The depot and the parking facility are partially located underneath a park and street area. The area covered by the detailed plan also includes a site for a public health station.

 

A jogging track, beach volleyball fields and a dog park currently located in the area will be moved to nearby areas. A children’s playground will be placed onto the deck of the tram depot’s city block. A current sports field will be moved to an area next to Holmanmoisionpolku and modernised.

 

The Laajasalo swimming beach is not included in the area covered by the detailed plan, and it will continue to operate as before.

 

The City will incur about 11 million euros of costs from the implementation of the alteration to the detailed plan.

 

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