Ramboll team selected for Crown Bridges Tramway project in Helsinki

WCN Editorial Team 12 Nov 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

An alliance consisting of Ramboll Finland, NRC Group Finland, Sitowise, and YIT has been selected by the City of Helsinki and Helsinki City Transport (HKL) for the construction of Crown Bridges tramway project.

The Crown Bridges project is intended to provide a quick and reliable transport connection from the growing Laajasalo area in eastern Helsinki to the city centre.

The project will connect Helsinki and Laajasalo through Hakaniemi, Sompasaari, and the Helsinki Zoo island Korkeasaari with a 10km tramway.

The alliance partners are already working on the Jokeri Light Rail project, and will execute the Crown Bridges project under a similar contract model.

Ramboll director Peter Molin said: “The collective experience of the alliance partners from the Jokeri Light Rail will also benefit the project, as that knowledge and best practices can be utilised in this project.”

The City of Helsinki aims to increase the transportation facility for the public and expects the new project to create new routes for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

The development phase of the project is scheduled to begin in 2019 and be completed in 1.5 years.

During the development phase, planning for the content and implementation of the project and the target cost will be set.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2026.

In addition to the construction of the tramway, the contract also involves earthworks, road construction, and municipal engineering.

The total contract value for the alliance partners will be between €110m ($121.3m) and €370m ($408m) depending on the projects involved.

Ramboll senior consultant Jukka Rusila said: “The group has maintained a very good team spirit over the course of the long and demanding bidding phase.

“As was intended, the barriers between design and construction have faded quickly. I am very much looking forward to getting down to the real work.”

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Image: Ramboll, NRC Group, Sitowise and YIT to build Crown Bridges Tramway project in Helsinki. Photo: courtesy of Ramboll Group.

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