Planning of Kiviruukki area progresses – plans available for viewing in April and May

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2020-04-22 13:39

When the metro starts operating to Kivenlahti in 2023, it will become a central junction of public transport. The Kiviruukki component master plan has been drafted with the idea in mind that a light rail line could later be built through the area.

The good public transport connections as well as cycling and pedestrian traffic connections in Kiviruukki will promote Espoo’s carbon-neutrality goal. “Cyclists can easily access the beach route that takes them up to the central park. We will build functional and safe walking and cycling connections that go under Länsiväylä and allow passage from the area to the future metro centre and other services,” says Director of Urban Planning Torsti Hokkanen.

The Kiviruukki area in Espoo’s Kivenlahti is on its way to becoming an attractive residential area and an innovation hub of bio and circular economy. Kiviruukki will be developed into a lush, urban area that promotes climate-friendly means of transport and also focuses on education and research operations.

Illustration of Ruukinaukio, streetview, pedestrians, cyclist The heart of the future Kiviruukki will be formed by a plaza surrounded by new homes, work premises, local services and a daycare centre and school. Illustration: Jussi Partanen, City Planning Department.

Kivenlahti to grow around the metro station

When the metro starts operating to Kivenlahti in 2023, it will become a central junction of public transport. The Kiviruukki component master plan has been drafted with the idea in mind that a light rail line could later be built through the area.

The good public transport connections as well as cycling and pedestrian traffic connections in Kiviruukki will promote Espoo’s carbon-neutrality goal. “Cyclists can easily access the beach route that takes them up to the central park. We will build functional and safe walking and cycling connections that go under Länsiväylä and allow passage from the area to the future metro centre and other services,” says Director of Urban Planning Torsti Hokkanen.


Kiviruukki map.

Urban and lush living

It is estimated that the number of residents in Kivenlahti will triple by 2050, increasing to around 25,000 residents. Most of the residential construction in Kivenlahti will be centred on the north side of Länsiväylä, in Kiviruukki. When the plans come to fruition, Kivenlahti centre will also extend to the north side of Länsiväylä. Most of the Kiviruukki area is located within one kilometre of Kivenlahti metro station.

In the future, Kiviruukki will have about 10,000 residents and it will offer 2,000 new jobs by 2040. The heart of the future Kiviruukki will be formed by a plaza surrounded by new homes, work premises, local services and a daycare centre and school.

Tiilismäenrinne is part of Kiviruukki’s centre. It will become a densely-built, urban area that opens up to the Kiviruukki plaza. The wooded hillside in the northern section of the plan will be kept as a recreational area. This is a part of the Kiviruukki green area, which features a main recreational route from Kivenlahti beach to the central park.

From an industrial area into an innovation environment

Promotion of circular economy and adaptation to climate change guide the planning process of Kiviruukki.

“Kiviruukki will go through a complete transformation in the coming decades. Kivenlahti metro station and Cleantech Garden, which is an innovation hotspot focusing on bio and circular economy, will help speed up the process. They will facilitate the growth of a top-class campus of circular economy and the related business operations, competence and education in the area,” says Project Manager Kimmo Leivo.

View the plans and share your opinion

The component master plan of Kiviruukki is available (in finnish) for viewing 20 April–22 May 2020 and the local detailed plan of Tiilismäenrinne 4 May–3 June 2020 on the website of the City of Espoo. Both plans are drafts, and Espoo residents are welcome to share their opinions on these plans during their presentation period. These opinions will be taken into account during the next stage of planning, compiling of plan proposals.

Ruukintie, illustration. Pedestrians on a walkway and a girl is runnig. Bus at busstop and trees..

Espoo wants to be a forerunner and a trendsetter of climate work. One of the City’s key goals is to be carbon-neutral by 2030. In our networking City, we will build a sustainable future around rails while also promoting new ways of building, moving and utilising innovative energy solutions.
 

Project website of the Kiviruukki component master plan

Project website of the Tiilismäenrinne local detailed plan (in finnish)