SRV to modernise the historic Snellmania real estate property in Kruununhaka for Helsinki University Properties

SRV GROUP PLC     INVESTOR NEWS     6 MAY 2021     11:00 EET

SRV to modernise the historic Snellmania real estate property in Kruununhaka for Helsinki University Properties

SRV and Helsinki University Properties have signed an agreement on the basic renovation of Snellmania, which is located in Kruununhaka, Helsinki. The project management contract for the renovation of this culturally and historically significant building is valued at approximately EUR 12 million. The project will be recognised in SRV’s order backlog in May 2021. Project planning has begun, and construction will start in May 2021. The renovation is scheduled for completion in autumn 2022.

The building was constructed in the 1830s, and it is located in a block of university buildings at Unioninkatu 37. It is also known as the main building of the old clinic. The property was originally built to serve as a hospital, but it was converted into teaching and office premises for the University of Helsinki in the 1990s. Since then, it has been used by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Snellmania and the other university buildings constitute a built cultural environment of national and cultural-historical significance, so the building’s façades, structures and some of the interiors are protected. The building has been protected under the Act on the Protection of the Built Heritage and the planning of the renovations has been carried out in close co-operation with the Finnish Heritage Agency.

The property consists of the main building and two wings. The premises will be renovated in phases to better support the university's teaching and research. The total area of the basic renovation will be approximately 5,300 square metres (gross). When the repairs and alterations are planned, special attention will be paid to ensure that the façades, the frame of the building and the fixed interior structures are retained. The building elements will be repaired and partially replaced where necessary in such a way that the structures, materials and working methods correspond to the original implementation and are compatible with the building’s distinctive characteristics. However, the need for responsible and sustainable repair solutions throughout the building’s life cycle and carbon footprint will also be taken into consideration.

“We will modernise the Snellmania real estate property while respecting its origins. The site will be an excellent addition to the demanding renovations we have carried out. We have completed several similar basic renovation contracts for Helsinki University Properties. We have robust expertise in renovating properties with important cultural-historical value, especially in city centres. Among the extensive basic renovations we have conducted in the past are Think Corner and the Kaisa House for the University of Helsinki, the Brondankulma building, and the Stockmann department store in the city centre. In addition, we are currently renovating the Elanto building in Hakaniemi,” says Jouni Forsman, SRV’s Senior Vice President responsible for business premises in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

“For my part, I think every day when I come to work that it is a pleasure and an honor to work in a historic building. The forthcoming renovation will further enhance the environment needed for today’s teaching and work, while respecting the architecture and history of the building,” says the user of the building, Marjaana Seppänen, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For further information, please contact:
Jouni Forsman, SVP, Business premises in the Helsinki metropolitan area, tel. +358 (0)40 519 0129, jouni.forsman@srv.fi 
Marko Räisänen, Project Manager, SRV, tel. +358 (0)40 684 4888, marko.raisanen@srv.fi 
Heidi Tetteh, Communications manager, SRV, tel. +358 (0)40 662 3220, heidi.tetteh@srv.fi 
Ari Nisonen, Property Manager, Helsinki University Properties, tel. +358 (0)40 482 2330,  ari.nisonen@helsinki.fi

Attached images: Arkkitehtitoimisto Okulus Oy

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