Kivenlahti – Cleantech Garden

Kivenlahti is a rapidly growing and developing area with a future metro connection. This seaside suburb located in West Espoo with about 8,000 inhabitants is expected to grow to 25,000 by 2050.

Kivenlahti has a boat harbour, library, shops, restaurants and two schools. Kivenlahti developments are served by good public transport facilities (including the metro by 2023). A motorway runs through the area. Ferry connections to nearby islands are operated during summer for recreational activities.

You can read more about development projects in Kivenlahti from our Finnish website.

Kivenlahden metrokeskus
Illustration: SRV, Kojamo, Sito ja Architectural office HKP

Kivenlahti has become a significant testbed for bio- and circular economy solutions – Cleantech Garden. For investors it is a fine place to locate commercial and business activities. The Kiviruukki industrial area located there is being remodelled, and will offer excellent opportunities for residential and especially for business development in Kivenlahti in the coming years. The area is being developed in the spirit of the Cleantech Garden as a hub for research premises.

Cleantech Garden is all about:

• Textile fibres from wood-based materials such as cellulose
• Recovery of nutrients and rare metals from waste streams
• Biochemicals, biofuels and biomaterials from waste
• Business ecosystems with value networks: collaboration platforms
• New circular economy business models
• Techno-economic feasibility studies

Cleantech Garden aims to be the leading cleantech innovation hotspot for the sustainable bio- and circular economy in Finland and globally. The mission is to create an open, dynamic, multi-actor ecosystem for business, research and education around VTT’s Bioruukki Pilot Centre site. Cleantech Garden is a testbed, where companies and research organisations can test their production methods using VTT's equipment and processes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is one of the leading research and technology organisations in Europe.

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Espoo Cleantech Garden: Developing a world-class circular economy business platform

Photo: VTT

VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre, one of VTT’s biggest investments, is located in Kivenlahti. Bioruukki is a research environment that brings together digitalisation, research on the bio- and circular economies and companies. VTT has signed a cooperation agreement with SIEMENS plc on the development of the test facility’s digitalisation platform.

At the moment, Kivenlahti’s biggest employers are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Fortum, and the development of the science-business-education campus is gaining speed, taking advantage of the easy-to-reach location.

Distance from Helsinki Central Railway Station

30 minutes by metro

Kivenlahti development

Development in Kivenlahti will be directed at new areas still preserving the unique nature of old town centre. The metro station and nearby commercial centre and residential condos will be constructed in coming years. The total development volume of Kivenlahti area will be over 500,000 m².

Kivenlahden metrokeskus
Illustration: Architectural Office HKP

Most important development projects

Kivenlahti Metro Centre and residential area

Phase one of the development of Kivenlahti Metro Centre includes the construction of the metro station and bus terminal, modern shopping centre, offices, underground multistorey car park and nearby residential area. The construction project of 100,000 m² will start in 2019. This project is a public‒private partnership with SRV-Group Plc and KOJAMO Plc.

Kivenlahden metrokeskus
Illustration: Architectural Office HKP

North Field development

Strategic location is to be developed for business operating in the circular economy. The project area is currently under zoning preparation.

The state-owned, world-famous VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland already has its main circular economy operations in the area. 70 ha of old industrial and logistics area will be turned into a global centre for the circular economy R&D and business supported by technical schools and institutes. There will also be a residential development project of 400,000 m² in the North Field area.


Project Director Kimmo Leivo,, +358 50 340 9723