Keilaniemi – high tech and business hub
Situated by the sea, Keilaniemi is a well-known hub of high tech, innovations and business life. Keilaniemi boasts a significant number of large listed companies and promising start-ups. It is home to the head offices of many large international companies, such as Kone, Neste, Valmet, Fortum and Tieto. Half of the trading done on the Helsinki Stock Exchange is for companies from the Keilaniemi area.
The new metro service has meant that Keilaniemi is now easier to reach. One of the West Metro stations is located in Keilaniemi, which has contributed to the area’s rapid development. The traffic connections will improve even further and Keilaniemi will become a central public transport hub once the final terminus of the Raide-Jokeri light rail line to Itäkeskus in Helsinki is built adjacent to the metro station. The Raide-Jokeri line is expected to be completed in the early 2020s.
Illustration: SARC Architects
The Keilaniemi and Otaniemi area forms a unique innovation cluster ‒ Aalto University, the renowned scientific and research community, national and international companies, Startup Sauna and A Grid, a creative community of start-ups and partners on Aalto University campus thrive here. The campus and research area of Otaniemi is the largest hub of high technology in the Nordic countries. A variety of cultural experiences within walking distance of Tapiola enrich this scientific and economic concentration.
Excellent traffic connections and new residential development are making Keilaniemi a highly attractive prospect for new arrivals.
In the area, there are approximately 7,950 jobs and the number is expected to grow to 11,050 by 2050. Currently some 3,800 people reside in the Otaniemi‒Keilaniemi area and the population is expected to grow to 15,000 by 2050.
Companies operating in the area:
Distance from Helsinki Central Railway Station
10 minutes by metro
The West Metro line means big changes for Keilaniemi. More residential buildings will be constructed in Keilaniemi and the area’s character is being diversified. With the new commercial and residential development, Keilaniemi is set to become a much livelier and more densely built neighbourhood. All in all, the area’s activities will be widened and enlarged in the future. The new developments on the cards in Keilaniemi and the tunnel at Ring Road I are set to link Keilaniemi with Otaniemi and Tapiola. A park area will be built over the tunnel. The Tapiola-Keilaniemi-Otaniemi area is significant to the whole of Finland, and it has excellent potential for attracting both investment and new businesses to Espoo.
Tunnelling of Ring road I
Photo: Olli Häkämies
The tunnelling works at Ring Road I are already underway. According to the plans, the tunnel will be topped off with a park that will considerably enhance local residents’ opportunities for recreation. The new tunnel and interchanges to be built during the project will improve safety and promote smooth traffic. The noise and traffic emissions to nearby areas will decrease. The tunnel will be completed in 2019.
The plans in Keilaniemi include four round residential towers, the highest of which will comprise 40 floors. One of the towers has 32 (16,000 floor m²) floors and two of them 36 floors (both 18,100 floor m²). They will provide housing for new residents in the Keilaniemi area. Construction work is set to begin in 2019, once Ring Road I traffic has been directed underground.
Illustration: SARC Architects
The Keilaniemi waterfront will also be developed to open it up for recreational use. A high-end restaurant and event venue is being planned for the Keilaniemi waterfront to enliven the local service offerings.
Project Director Antti Mäkinen, email@example.com, +358 50 593 1339
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