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Real Estate Strategy Project

Project manager:

Jaakko Stauffer, Technical Director, Urban Environment Division

Responsible in the City Executive Group:

Mikko Aho, Executive Director of the Urban Environment Division

Project description:

In Helsinki, children and adolescents have safe and sound learning environments. The City of Helsinki cooperates actively with the State, the other bigger cities in Finland, with universities and researchers and with the construction industry to find functional solutions to indoor air problems in public buildings, particularly in schools.

The City draws up a Real Estate Strategy outlining how the City’s properties are to be designed, commissioned, built, maintained and owned. The strategy includes a plan for how schools, day care centres and play parks with indoor problems should be repaired or replaced with new buildings.

The idea is to raise the quality of the building stock, improve the handling of quality risks with the aid of, for example, a life span model, and – besides reducing indoor air problems – to foster efficient utilisation of premises and a better use of valuable buildings standing empty.


The Real Estate Strategy comprises a premises strategy and an outline for an owner policy for the City’s own building stock. The strategy defines the long-term goals and principles for ownership, management model, utilisation, tendering and financing so as to steer the acquisition, maintenance and developing of property. The owner policy outlines also include updated principles for internal leasing (concerning so-called valuable properties, too), as indeed the principles for the disposal of properties.

In connection with drawing up the Real Estate Strategy, a plan is set up for how schools, day care centres and play parks suffering from indoor air problems should be repaired or possibly replaced with new premises. The plan and an action programme for how to put it into practice are prepared at the same time as the Real Estate Strategy. Preparations have begun.

The premises strategy outlines the developing and game rules of the premises used by the City’s service production.
The owner policy outline for the City’s constructed properties provides the principles for how premises are to be acquired or sold and those for their disposal.

Parties and partners:

The City’s own actors: Urban Environment Division, Helsinki City Executive Office, Education Division, Culture and Leisure Division, Social Services and Health Care Division.

Cooperation partners: neighbourhood associations and other non-profit organisations using the premises, the State and other municipalities.


The work is done in a working group or, if needed, in separate groups, and as parallel and separate consultancy surveys. The City’s own actors and collaboration partners are invited to engage in the work.

Decision level and time table:

Decisions on the Real Estate Strategy are made by the City Council.

The kick-off decision was made by the City Executive Group on 13 Nov. 2017. The decision time table is presented to the Executive Group in early 2018.

Project time table:

The Real Estate Strategy is ready by August 2018.

The preliminary time table for the project as well as the intermediary results are reported to the City Executive Group in connection with the first intermediary report.

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