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Logistics operator services, new seafront developments in Helsinki

Sito’s role as a logistics operator  in Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari, Kalasatama and Kruunuvuorenranta, ensures that new residential developments are safe for both residents and builders.

Photo: Sito’s team of logistics operator supervisors, from left: Jussi Silvo, Anna Harpila, Taru Hanski , Harri Saarinen , Minna Oinaala and Jussi Pesonen

Sito Rakennuttajat has been acting as the logistics operator for the construction of Helsinki’s new seafront neighbourhoods for nearly a year now. The client is the Street and Park Division of the City of Helsinki Public Works Department. The contract is ongoing and will remain in force for as long as necessary.

Managing the big picture

Whole new areas are being built to tight deadlines all over Helsinki. There are dozens of building sites around the city. Despite the building works all around them, people still need to work, go to school, and live in these areas.

In order to ensure that these kinds of large-scale and complex construction projects run smoothly and safely, without any kinds of conflicts, a whole new kind of service provider is needed: a logistics operator.

The logistics operator’s activities are coordinated by a full-time project manager. Each of the building sites in Kalasatama, Jätkäsaari and Kruunuvuorenranta has its own on-site supervisor. Each supervisor also has a personal assistant.

Ensuring efficient construction logistics

The logistics operator is responsible for ensuring that daily life in areas under construction runs smoothly. Its role is to keep everything in order outside the building site boundaries. Much of the work is invisible. It involves predicting problems and planning ahead, and requires a high degree of expertise. The better the logistics operator succeeds in its work, the less noticeable is its contribution.

One of the most important tasks of the logistics operator is to ensure the safety of residents, commuters, visitors and builders. It needs to be able to predict the daily needs of different user groups. It needs to provide safe and practical routes to children’s nurseries, schools, the building site, local shops, or even the dog park.

Some building site deliveries also require special arrangements. A 40-ton truck carrying prefabricated components to the site may require an alternative access route.

Cooperation, consultancy and problem-solving

However, the work of the logistics operator also requires a lot of visibility and social interaction: being on site, liaising with different parties, solving practical problems, answering questions, and pointing out problems.

Disseminating information and communicating with all builders, residents, associations, and local businesses is especially important. The work requires continuous interaction with building site foremen, visiting them on site and asking them whether they have any concerns.

As the service is brand new, the responsibilities of the logistics operator and supervisors are still being defined. Priorities also vary according to the characteristics of each development. This is why it is important to be able to tailor the service to each client’s and building site’s unique requirements.

Catering to different needs

In Kalasatama, construction works will, after a brief slowdown, go full steam ahead in 2017, when 20 different contractors will be working on site. At the moment, the logistics operator is busy coordinating schedules in order for everything to be ready for the next year and for cooperation between the City of Helsinki and the contractors to run as smoothly as possible.

The Jätkäsaari development is already in full swing with dozens of contractors on site. The first residents have moved in, and 700 more apartments will be completed this year.  Stara and Kalliorakennus-Yhtiöt are building roads and excavating underground facilities. Jätkäsaari is also home to the busy West Harbor and dozens of businesses.

Kruunuvuorenranta on the western edge of Laajasalo is in its first stage of development, which covers the areas of Borgströminmäki and Gunnillankallio. Residents have already moved into four of the buildings, and a further 10 buildings will be lived in by the end of the year. The volume of traffic to and from the development is enormous, as there are between 500 and 600 builders working on the 10 sites. Parking control in the area began in the winter.

Kalasatama (175 ha)
Approximately 21,000 residents by 2035
In 2016:
• Most of the residential buildings in Sörnäistenniemi have been built
• The REDI shopping center and a health and well-being center are under construction
• Isoisänsilta Bridge to Mustikkamaa will be inaugurated in the summer
• Work on residential buildings and roads in Sompasaari will begin
• Roadworks in Verkkosaari will begin

Jätkäsaari (86 ha)
Approximately 17,000 residents and 6,000 jobs by 2025
In 2016:
• Approximately 650 new apartments will be completed
• Construction of the Wood City complex will begin
• Work on ornamental retaining walls will begin in the north of Hyväntoivonpuisto Park
• An extension to the West Terminal is under construction
• Works on Atlantinkatu continue

Kruunuvuorenranta (146 ha)
Approximately 12,500 residents after the mid-2020s
In 2016:
• Approximately 800 new apartments will be completed
• Four indoor car parks will be completed
• Construction of approximately 900 new apartments will begin
• The waste collection point for Kruunuvuorenranta’s RODE central vacuum waste management system will be completed


Jussi Pesonen, Project Manager, Sito Project Management
Minna Oinaala, Jätkäsaari – logistics area supervisor
Anna Harpila, Kalasatama – logistics area supervisor
Joonas Hakkila, Kruunuvuorenranta – logicstics area supervisor

Pekka Mukkala , Client’s Project Manager
City of Helsinki, Public Works Department/Street and Park Division




text: Dakota Lavento