Kivenlahti to become more compact around the metro station – a new residential area and unique bio- and circular economy innovation cluster to be built in Kiviruukki
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.
Kivenlahti will be the terminal station of the second stage of the West Metro. The metro will transform Kivenlahti from a local centre into a busy western entranceway to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
New apartments will be built in the area surrounding the Kivenlahti metro station and the district will become more compact. A new business centre will arise along the new Höyrylaivantie, which runs in the direction of Länsiväylä, and Laurea University of Applied Sciences will also relocate to its premises. The centre will be completed in 2024 and the building will include one of the two Kivenlahti metro entrances.
A large sports and event centre is planned on the west side of the business centre, creating new recreational opportunities with excellent public transport connections.
Apartments for approximately 1,700 residents are being planned in the area surrounding the Kivenlahti metro station. Some of the detailed plans around the metro station are already valid.
Most of the new apartments will be built in Kiviruukki
In the future, Kiviruukki, located on the north side of Länsiväylä, will become an integral part of Kivenlahti. Most of the new residential construction in Kivenlahti will be concentrated in Kiviruukki, and new services are also planned for the area. Two new underpasses will be built under Länsiväylä to connect Kiviruukki and Kivenlahti, one for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles and the other for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only.
Kiviruukki is an old industrial area that will become an urban area for living, studying and working and also house a nationally and internationally unique bio- and circular economy innovation cluster Cleantech Garden. The innovation cluster will bring together operators from the fields of science, research and education as well as pioneering companies of the field. The area is already home to VTT Bioruukki, the largest research centre for bio- and circular economy in the Nordic countries.
Omnia is also planning a new campus in Kiviruukki.
The Kiviruukki component master plan stretches to 2040. It is estimated that the area will house some 12,000 residents and 2,000 new jobs.
Currently Kivenlahti has approximately 8,000 residents. By 2050, the population is expected to grow to approximately 25,000.
One entrance in use at first
When the metro traffic to Kivenlahti begins, passengers will have access to the Kivenlahdentori entrance, which is accessible from Seitsenmerenreitti. The business centre entrance will be opened later when the construction of the centre itself and the entrance surroundings have been completed.
There will be plenty of bicycle parking spaces in connection with the metro entrances and the parking facility to be built in the area will feature 650 parking spaces for cars.
Passengers will step out of the metro to Kivenlahti station, bright with light tones. On the platform, they will be greeted by two humoristic wooden figures. They are Kalle Mustonen’s sculpture “Kulkijat” (Wanderers).
Nautical art to brighten the streetscape
Construction of the street and park areas and squares of the Kivenlahti metro centre has already started and will continue until 2022. The new street sections to be built include the western end of Kiviruukinkatu and Höyrylaivantie, as well as the Kivenlahti and Merivirta roundabouts.
Benches will be placed on the street squares and trees will be planted along the passageways. In connection with the planting areas, seven nautical bronze statues will be placed on Meriusvanaukio and along Seitsenmerenreitti.
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