The Puotila Comprehensive School Lower Stage building will be one of the first construction projects in Helsinki implemented with the life cycle model.

City Council approves school and day-care centre construction and renovations

The Helsinki City Council approved the plan of a new building for the Puotila Comprehensive School Lower Stage, a renovation of the Taivallahti Comprehensive School in Töölö, an expansion of the Oulunkylä Comprehensive School Lower Stage and the project plan of a new day care centre at the Oulunkylä school at the Council meeting of 27 May 2020.

More efficient risk management with the life cycle model

The Puotila Comprehensive School Lower Stage building is one of the first construction projects in Helsinki to be implemented with the life cycle model. The building will be owned by the City of Helsinki, but the contractor will be responsible for the design, construction and building maintenance over 20 years. The City will finance the project and will pay a service fee to a service provider. The condition of the building at the time of handover to the City at the end of the term of service provision will be defined in detail. This arrangement allows the City to transfer risks to be carried by the service provider. The benefits of the life cycle model are largely based on efficient risk management and purposeful risk transfer.   

The current school building was completed in 1967, and it is too small for the growing student body. A building renovation has not been seen as an option, considered unprofitable when taking into account all related economic circumstances. A new school building will have healthy and purposeful facilities, which will support the goals of the new curriculum and ensure a good and contemporary learning environment for children.

The cost limit for the construction of the new school building is about EUR 24 million. The building will be able to accommodate 530 children and 70 preschoolers. According to plan, the building will open in August 2022.

Extensive upgrades at Taivallahti Comprehensive School 

A renovation is planned in the school buildings of the Taivallahti Comprehensive School in Töölö, comprising extensive building technology and functional upgrades. The renovation project will modernize facilities to comply with the requirements of learning. Building technology will be replaced, energy efficiency will be improved, and the buildings’ damaged exterior walls, windows and roof will be repaired. The schoolyard will also be upgraded. 

The total cost of the renovation is about 33 million euros. Construction will commence in August 2022, and the project is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2024. After the renovation, the school will also educate preschool groups of early childhood education. The new facilities will be able to accommodate approximately 780 learners and 42 preschoolers. 

Oulunkylä Comprehensive School Lower Stage and a day care centre to operate under the same roof

The City Council also approved an expansion and alteration of the Oulunkylä Comprehensive School Lower Stage and an integrated day care centre.

The Oulunkylä Comprehensive School Lower Stage currently operates at two locations, in the main school building on Teinintie and in the Veräjänlaakso support school building on Otto Brandtin tie. An expansion and an alteration have been planned for the main school building to combine the current lower stage and a new day care centre in the same building. Separate support facilities will no longer be needed, when the current school building is expanded and the existing facilities are technically upgraded and adapted.

The number of children in Oulunkylä is on the increase, so the current facilities are not adequate for the future number of children. The number of Finnish-speaking, lower-stage-aged children is estimated to grow in the Oulunkylä school district by about 140 children in 2020–2034. The number of preschool-aged children is also on the increase.

The cost limit for the expansion of the lower stage building including a day care centre is about 23 million euros.

Mayor’s review of the City of Helsinki economy

Before the City Council moved to consider items on the meeting agenda, Mayor Jan Vapaavuori presented to the councillors a review of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the City of Helsinki economy as an extra item in the meeting. The review, as well as the entire City Council meeting, is available on the demand on the City video channel Helsinki-kanava at https://www.helsinkikanava.fi/fi_FI/videos (in Finnish).

All decisions of the City Council meeting of 27 May 2020 are recorded in the decisions release (in Finnish).