Skanska wins €170m contract to build new shopping centre in Finland

WCN Editorial Team 31 Oct 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Skanska has won a contract worth €170m from Citycon, an urban shopping centres developer in the Nordic and Baltic region, to build the Lippulaiva shopping centre in Espoo, Finland.

To be located in the Espoonlahti area, the shopping centre will have an area of 44,000m². It will mainly include groceries, with nearly 80 different stores and services are expected to be available.

It is expected that the new building will be visited by nearly eight million customers annually. A temporary pop-up shopping centre, Pikkulaiva, will serve residents of the Espoonlahti area throughout the construction period until the new shopping centre is completed.

The new Lippulaiva shopping centre is claimed to be a centre for local services in the greater Espoonlahti area. It will be home to extensive grocery offering such as Prisma, K-Supermarket, Lidl, Tokmanni and Alko. The shopping centre will also include a wide range of cafés and restaurants, public services and other amenities for smoother living.

Furthermore, the building will also serve as a key public transport hub. A station of the second phase of the western metro extension and a feeder bus terminal will be located under the shopping centre.

Citycon chief development officer Erik Lennhammar said: “Lippulaiva is also an excellent example of how Citycon is putting its new strategy into practice. This means focusing even more on developing mixed-use projects and densifying the urban environment around our shopping centres.”

About 14,000 passengers are expected to use the Espoonlahti metro station daily. The building will also have 1,300 car parking spaces and the same number of parking slots for bicycles.

Lennhammar continued saying: “The location and commercial concept of Lippulaiva have proven attractive: the occupancy rate of premises is currently around 60%. We will build a lot of new homes right next to the shopping centre and public transport terminal, not just retail square metres.”

Skanska stated that it will take over the management of the building site in December and will begin the preparations for the construction.

Currently, Sierak is delivering underground structural works and JPV Engineering is providing work on the steel structure on the construction site

Demolition of the old shopping centre and the construction work of the pop-up shopping centre Pikkulaiva have already been completed in 2017. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.

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Image: Artist’s rendering of the Lippulaiva shopping centre in Finland. Photo: Courtesy of CITYCON OYJ.

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