Plans for Kivenlahti in Espoo include the Kiviruukki residential area and a bio and cricular economy competence centre
Kiviruukki is being planned as a versatile housing and employment area. Once the metro starts running to Kivenlahti, the area is expected to become a major public transport hub. The majority of the new Kiviruukki area is located within one kilometre of the upcoming metro station.
The urban residential area of Kiviruukki being planned in the northern side of Länsiväylä will be a key part of Kivenlahti in the future. The new component master plan for the area places a particular emphasis on ensuring that the new buildings fit the environment and the existing low-rise housing area. The heights of the new buildings will be defined in the next planning stage, which is detailed planning.
Convenient access to services and the metro station
The transport solutions of Kiviruukki contribute to Espoo’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The urban heart of the area, Kiviruukinaukio, will be built on the north side of Länsiväylä, and the surrounding area is also planned to include street-level retail spaces. The aim in regard to transport planning is to ensure high-quality transport connections and a pleasant pedestrian environment, with local services and the metro station easily accessible on foot and by bicycle.
The parks and outdoor routes to be built in Kiviruukki will be connected to nearby recreational areas, such as Sammalvuori and the Central Park. The new Länsiväylä underpass will open an uninterrupted pedestrian and cycling connection from Rantaraitti all the way to the Central Park. The recreational area located between the Kattilalaakso low-rise housing area and Kiviruukki will remain intact, and the plans also include new parks and green open areas between the new residential areas.
Bio and circular economy in Ruukinhuhta
There is also a detailed plan project underway to the north of the Kivenlahti metro centre, which includes plans for Cleantech Garden, an education and research centre, and a new Omnia campus in the new Ruukinhuhta area. The bio and circular economy centre will bring together research and education operators, as well as pioneering companies specialising in these areas. The area is already home to VTT Bioruukki, the largest bio and circular economy research facility in the Nordic countries.
The component master plan for Kiviruukki is targeting the year 2040. The area is expected to provide housing to approximately 9,000 people and create 3,000 new jobs.
Espoo’s City Planning Committee will discuss the approval of the component master plan at its meeting on 8 December, after which it will be passed on to the City Board. The body responsible for approval of the component master plan is the City Council.
Agenda 9 December 2021.(external link) (in Finnish).