Cooperation to bring new ideas and resource-efficient construction to Kera

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2020-10-28 8:00

In the middle of the Kera halls, a man holds in his hands and looks at the building plan

The benefits of co-creation are being sought in the construction of the urban and sustainable district to be built in Kera. The City of Espoo has invited a number of partners to participate in the planning to bring new ideas and to develop low-emission, resource-efficient and intelligent solutions. Among the partners are A-Insinöörit and Ramirent.

A-Insinöörit has years of experience in cooperative regional development. The idea is to find shared goals and achieve a better result than usual.

“Cooperation means development, planning and implementation across plot boundaries," says Anssi Juntunen, Unit Director at A-Insinöörit. “Instead of individual construction projects, we look at the big picture, which may include not only several residential buildings, but also services such as a shop, school and day-care centre, and possibly also infrastructure construction, which is the responsibility of the city. As in alliance philosophy, all relevant parties in regional development should work together to utilise group intelligence, synergies and economies of scale and to minimise traditional sub-optimisation.”

Construction site vehicle moving building materials

Early planning and cooperation bring benefits

Ramirent has also identified the benefits of cooperation. Ramirent offers logistics planning, among other things, to optimise transport and other mobility at construction sites making them smooth and safe while generating savings. Similarly, in the case of the hiring of machinery, for example, cooperation can increase resource efficiency.

“When planning starts early, it is possible to take into account the needs of several construction projects and to find the most effective methods of implementation. Removing overlaps and reducing waste save natural resources and bring significant economic benefits,” says Nina Pirinen, Project Manager at Ramirent.

“A joint venture was carried out in Stockholm, where the construction projects of four construction companies were simultaneously in progress in one block in the city centre. The joint implementation was designed in such a way that the logistics and construction site services of all contracts were carried out through a single organisation. In this way, the construction site caused the least possible inconvenience to city residents and companies,” Pirinen describes.

A-Insinöörit and Ramirent are involved in the Smart and Clean Kera project, which is putting the Espoo story into practice and promoting low-emission and resource-efficient solutions and digitalisation in the new district to be built along the City Railway. Other partners include Espoon Asunnot, Fortum, LähiTapiola, Neste, Nokia, SOK, Sitra and the Smart & Clean Foundation.

“New ideas and contacts have emerged in the project. With Ramirent, we have had discussions about a regional construction site concept in which the developers of several plots would be offered services jointly,” Anssi Juntunen says.

“The Kera project has spawned development ideas. Ramirent strives to provide more comprehensive services and to meet the challenges of the circular economy and climate change – new thinking is needed in this work. It has been fruitful to work with A-Insinöörit to come up with a more sustainable way to implement construction projects,” Nina Pirinen adds.