AFRY and GRK selected to build light rail project in Helsinki, Finland


A consortium comprising ÅF Pöyry (AFRY) and construction company GRK has been awarded a contract by the City of Helsinki in Finland to design and construct the second phase of the new tram project.

The project, which aims to improve Helsinki’s light rail network of sustainable mobility, involves the tram connection between Kalasatama and Pasila. It also includes designing and construction of streets, parks and municipal utilities.

Being carried out in the project alliance model, the project is divided into two parts.

AFRY said that the project will be carried out in collaboration with Helsinki City Transport (HKL) and the vendor consortium of the first part.

The scope and implementation plan will be finalised during the project’s development phase, which is scheduled to commence in early May 2020.

The project’s cost and incentive system will also be determined during the development phase while the decision to start the implementation phase will be made in the spring of 2021.

Expected to contribute to Helsinki’s constantly developing transport infrastructure, the new tram line will connect the centres of Kalasatama and Pasila and will link tram, metro and train networks with each other.

The new tram line is scheduled to be commissioned in autumn 2024.

Separately, Region Västmanland in Sweden has selected AFRY to lead the project planning for the first stage of the new emergency hospital in Västerås.

Estimated to cost SEK6.8bn ($675m), the new 85,000m2 hospital will feature provide space for surgery, x-ray, medical practices, an emergency department, a childbirth department, hospital beds, and an intensive care unit.

It will also comprise several maintenance buildings for storage of supplies and electric power supply to the hospital.

Illustration of light rail project in Finland. (Credit: ÅF Pöyry AB)

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