The maritime atmosphere of Finnoo can be seen in the metro station
The extension of the West Metro from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti will be finished in 2023. The extension of the metro line will bring five new stations into Espoo: Finnoo, Kaitaa, Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti. This series of articles introduces the areas surrounding each of the stations, one at a time.
When travelling by metro from Matinkylä towards Kivenlahti, you will first encounter Finnoo. Finnoo Station features the longest escalator in Finland, which will take passengers from underground to the Meritie entrance. The escalator climbs up to 34.5 metres, while its frame is about 78 metres long.
The other entrance is at Finnoonsilta.
Like the stations in the first phase of the West Metro, the stations in the second phase also have their unique appearance and art that is part of their architecture. Finnoo’s maritime atmosphere can also be seen in the art at the station. Finnoo Station will display the work of art Haavekuvia by Leena Nio, which is formed of two separate image layers. The images feature details of nature by the sea.
Finnoo is being planned, and construction will continue until the 2030s
The planning work facilitated by the construction in Finnoo has been ongoing for a long time. Based on the component master plan approved for Finnoo, town plans have been prepared. The housing construction in the areas included in the plans has already started. Finnoo will welcome residents even before the metro starts operating.
The entrances to the metro station are located in the town plan areas of Finnoo centre. The town plan in question was overturned by the Supreme Administrative Court, but the preparation of a new town plan has begun. There is a valuable wetland favoured by birds near Finnoo centre, which will be protected under a town plan.
A maintenance and usage plan had been prepared for the bird area in the previous town plan, but, according to the Supreme Administrative Court, the maintenance and usage plan was a separate document and therefore not a part of the town plan, which is why the measures presented could not be seen as binding in the same way as planning regulations. Now, the measures will be made into legally binding planning regulations to secure the natural values.
The town plan being overturned will delay the construction in the town plan area in Finnoo centre and Meritie. It will also affect the entry to the metro station, since Meritie street cannot be constructed before a legally valid town plan is in place.
However, housing construction in the areas planned in Djupsundsbäcken, Finnoonkallio and Luoteisrinne, close to the metro station, is underway. The first residents will move in during the autumn.
Finnoo will be home to about 17,000 new residents. The Finnoo district will be primarily completed in the 2030s.
Two squares close to the metro station
The streets in the district have been made narrower in the first stage of construction. They will be widened to their final width once the buildings by the streets have been completed.
The construction of the Finnoonsilta underpass will continue in the autumn. The underpass will be decorated with the work of art called Merenalainen maailma, ‘Underwater world’, by students in the visual arts class of Kaitaa Upper Secondary School. Next year, the construction of the streets in the Matroonankatu area will start.
In the master plan for the area, space has been reserved for two schools and several daycare centres.
Espoo will construct two squares with an amphitheatre between them close to the metro station. The construction of the squares can begin once the surrounding buildings are completed.
The squares will have a water motif. There is groundwater dripping into the metro station, which will be pumped into the water motif in the square, from which it will run into the fork of the brook.
Finnoo also has a forest for flying squirrels which will remain in its current state. New trees will be planted on its edges.
On the southern side of Kaitaantie, around the Djupsundsbäcke brook, a park will be constructed, with trees forming a passageway for flying squirrels. The park will have a playground with equipment for both smaller and older children and outdoor gym equipment next to it. The construction of the park will start in 2022.
An extensive project for restoring contaminated soil is also underway in Finnoo centre. It is intended to be completed in early 2022.
The harbour area is changing
The Suomenoja water treatment plant, currently located in Finnoo, will move to Blominmäki when the new water treatment plant is completed in 2022. The area of the old plant will be re-planned for housing at a later date.
The Fortum power plant will remain in Finnoo, at least for the time being.
Finnoo also houses the large Suomenoja harbour. The new plans will also change the harbour area. The aim is to have the component master plan for Finnoo harbour available for decision-makers’ processing in 2022.
Read the other articles in the series:
- Urban development