The City of Helsinki Culture and Leisure Committee approved a land lease in the Pirkkola Sports Park area for the sports hall company Pirkkolan liikuntahalli Oy at the committee meeting of Tuesday, 18 May 2020.
The proposed new multi-activities sports hall would have a total of 10,035 square metres of floor area for basket and volley ball, floorball and futsal, rhythmic gymnastics and other gymnastics, sports skills practice, warm-up and auxiliary training. The sports hall will be designed by Siren Architects, who are familiar with the Pirkkola Sports Park and sports site design and construction. The goals of the design are a safe and an energy-efficient building with a low life cycle cost. These goals can be achieved with sufficient safety areas in fields, with the right material choices and with contemporary building technologies, as well as by designing the property to be easy to maintain and to manage.
The proposed development of a new sports hall in the Pirkkola Sports Park has aroused discussion. Questions have been raised especially about the proposed location of the sports hall and the additional parking spaces required by the hall as well as by care for the surrounding nature.
There has been growing demand for sports halls and for indoor sports facilities for various sports and sports groups for an extended time in Helsinki. Demand for such facilities will grow further as the population and the number of users increase in Helsinki and the entire Helsinki metropolitan area. Increases in the total population, the number of different sports, sports societies and users will generate growing demand for various sports facilities and sites.
New indoor sports facilities including those for ball games to be built in the Pirkkola Sports Park area or in the vicinity of the area have been discussed repeatedly in Helsinki over the last few decades. Various proposals have been presented, and they have been accompanied by surveys of alternatives for new sports facilities to be developed in nearby areas and in various parts of the sports park. The recognized benefits of the Pirkkola Sports Park for the development of new sports facilities comprise synergies produced by the existing sports services and facilities, the possibility to create a versatile sports complex, and good accessibility owing to the location of the sports park and the local transport connections.