Property investment firm Sponda has topped out the final phase of the €125m Citycenter shopping centre in Helsinki, Finland.
Designed by the Finnish architect Viljo Revell, the Citycenter building is being constructed in several phases.
Upon completion, the final phase will add 7,000m² of new or renovated retail premises to Citycenter.
The new and renovated retail premises will be situated on the Keskuskatu side, replacing a former maintenance facility on the second basement level of the underground station tunnel.
The final phase of construction started in September 2011 and is expected to be completed in spring 2013.
Plans also include addition of new retail space in a passageway linking the Compass level of the railway station metro stop to the Makkaratalo building.
After completion, the project will increase Citycenter’s leasable area from 41,000m² to 56,000m².
Citycenter currently houses around 65 shops and a further 30 shops will be added upon completion of the new and renovated retail premises.
Finland-based non-food retailer Anttila is scheduled to open a department store in the Citycenter in early 2013.
A new underground passageway will provide direct access from the Compass level of the railway station metro stop to the Anttila department store.
Sustainable features of the project include ventilation equipment, heating systems and usage of the district cooling network.
In the third quarter of 2011, the office building constructed in the middle of the Citycenter block secured LEED Gold certification.
To reduce service-related traffic along the road network, freight deliveries for Citycenter’s retail firms have been directed into the new underground maintenance tunnel.
Sponda said that the removal of the car ramps on the Keskuskatu side and the transfer of freight deliveries to underground maintenance facilities enables the conversion of Keskuskatu into a pedestrian street once the project has been completed.
Image: After completion, the final phase will add about 7,000m² of new or renovated retail premises to Citycenter. Photo: Sponda.