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When logistics work, construction is also smooth

As logistics operator, Sito is responsible for ensuring that Jätkäsaari, Kalasatama, and Kruunuvuorenranta are as good to live in as to build.

As logistics operator, Sito is supervising the construction logistics of the new seafront neighborhoods in Helsinki. The client is the Street and Park Division of the City of Helsinki Public Works Department. The contract is valid for the time being and is planned to continue for at least 3-4 years.

Acting as a logistics operator opens a new door for Sito. In a country the size of Finland, there have not really been any construction projects so demanding in terms of area and complexity that a dedicated logistics operator would have been required. In Jätkäsaari, Kalasatama, and Kruunuvuorenranta, however, it is essential, as people live and work in the area amid the construction work. The construction of the residential blocks in Kalasatama only began in 2011, for example, but at the beginning of the year, it already had 1,500 residents.

A logistics operator is the most successful when its daily activities are the least noticeable. The action plan must be drawn up so as to enable day-to-day construction to proceed without harm to the environment, minimizing disturbance to the residents and other operators in the area, without compromising on safety, while ensuring that schedules are kept to and the constructors are provided with the best possible working conditions.

Construction as smooth as a well-oiled machine

The disturbance to the life of the residents is kept to a minimum by ensuring the smooth functioning of traffic through traffic arrangements, temporary lighting, and the proper maintenance of walking and cycling paths. The operator also keeps the residents up to date on any changes in construction.

The activities of the logistics operator area led by a full-time project manager. Three supervisors circulate in the area every day to make sure that the logistics are working and the traffic plan is followed.

Text: Dakota Lavento

Photo Taru Hanski/Sito Rakennuttajat Oy:
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