The future is being planned today

Our expertise in planning development is a strength we can be proud of. Our development projects bring together the authorities, local residents, partners and other stakeholders to find a common vision. The cities of the future are being planned today.

Cities grow and develop when people have homes and jobs. With the number of jobs increasing in the service sector in particular, the need for affordable rental apartments is growing as well, and a balance between supply and demand is the only way to keep the cost of living in check.

“The apartment is new, in prime condition. The location is excellent: this is a peaceful area. I’m very happy. And for me, it’s important to be allowed to have pets.”
–SATO Pulssi panelist

SATOs land and plot reserves, combined with our extensive experience in property development, ensure the continuity of the housing supply. A considerable new permitted building volume is being developed for our plots in the planning projects currently in progress in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Tampere and Turku. These sites have good locations in terms of public transportation and services, very close to the West Metro and Raide-Jokeri stations, for example, which is enabling more than 3,000 new homes to be built over the next five years.

Plot reserves 2017  2016 
Plot reserves, MEUR 54.0 62
Plots purchased, MEUR 0 13.5
Total permitted building volume in the plot reserve, floor-m2 447,100 460,472 
Owned plots transferred to production or sold, MEUR 9.0 22.4

Complementary construction is increasingly important

Complementary planning supports not only the objectives of a denser urban structure stated in the master plans of cities and towns, but also SATOs goals to offer new apartments close to comprehensive public transportation routes and various services.

Complementary construction offers one way to increase the number of reasonably priced apartments. In addition, it offers local residents an opportunity to move to a brand-new home in their familiar neighbourhood. Complementary construction is an ecological solution, as the existing urban structure reduces the need for municipal infrastructure investments and the growing number of residents serves to maintain and improve local services.

Dialogue with local residents plays a key role in successful complementary construction projects. Before filing the planning application, we organise an event to present our plans and discuss the project with local residents.

In Helsinki, a complementary construction planning project involving around 10,000 floor square metres in Kontula became legally valid, and an equal amount of permitted building volume in Patola was approved by the city council. In Vantaa, a plan alteration project involving around 20,000 floor square metres on Raudikkokuja in Vantaa has reached the plan proposal phase.

In Espoo, plan proposals related to significant development projects in Niittykallio, Saunalahti, Finnoo and Soukka have reached the municipal committee phase. One plan alteration project was started in Turku. In Turku and Tampere, we are negotiating with the cities over complementary planning projects to be launched during 2018.

A block for wise mobility

One of our most significant complementary construction projects in progress started in the Oulunkylä district of Helsinki in 2017.

Known as the Wise Mobility Block, this residential area has a superior location at the junction of Raide-Jokeri and the main railway, and a design competition was held in the autumn to re-plan and enliven the area and increase its density.

The plan will be based on a block structure drawing on public transport connections and opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The buildings will have around 500 privately financed rental and owner occupied apartments and ARA and shared ownership apartments. The parking facility to be built in the area can later be replaced with apartment buildings. The construction is estimated to begin in 2019, after the local plan alteration has been completed.

Ideas for a vibrant urban environment

A design from SATO, Skanska and ALA Architects was selected for the next round of the Helsinki High-Rise architectural competition in autumn 2017. The aim of the competition, which emphasises quality, is to find a designer and developer for a high-rise area in central Pasila. For SATO, the competition is an opportunity to create a vibrant urban environment for one of the most significant unbuilt areas in Helsinki. When preparing for the second phase of the competition, we are studying the cost of construction carefully, among other aspects.

Complementary construction plays a very significant role in building more affordable homes. In 2017, plan alteration processes were started for five new complementary construction projects in Oulunkylä, Lauttasaari, Meri-Rastila and Pukinmäki in Helsinki and on Kairialankatu in Turku.

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