Aviapolis - In the middle of metropolises
Aviapolis is an international airport city in the middle of a metropolitan area. Its location in a traffic hub has made it the largest and strongest growing business area and employment centre in the Helsinki region.
Aviapolis is located in a hub of international traffic and passenger flows. The location in the immediate vicinity of the airport along the Ring Rail Line and Ring Road III makes Aviapolis one of the most easily reached hubs in Finland.
Aviapolis is accessible to 150,000 people by train in less than half an hour. More than 15 million passengers pass through the airport every year, and the Ring Road III running through Aviapolis is a part of the European route E18 from St. Petersburg to Belfast, thus making it the most important international road traffic connection in Finland.
During the next 35 years, the Helsinki region is expected to grow by 600,000 new residents, and by 2050, the metropolitan area will be home to 2 million residents.
Aviapolis is the strongest growing business area and employment centre in the metropolitan area. The area hosts 1,000 companies employing 35,000 people. The newest promoter for growth in the area is the Ring Rail Line, connecting Helsinki Airport to Helsinki city centre. The Ring Rail Line will increase the importance of the area as an employment centre even further.
Aviapolis offers a job for 35,000 employees, and the area is estimated to have 15,000 new jobs in the near future. Easy accessibility and excellent traffic connections from different parts of the metropolitan area make Aviapolis an exceptionally attractive employment centre in the middle of the largest reserve of workforce in Finland.
Aviapolis offers a number of options in terms of both one-family houses and apartments. At the moment, Aviapolis is home to more than 18,000 residents. Housing development in the area continues to be vivid. New housing solutions have been completed in Kartanonkoski, Ylästö, Tammisto, and Pakkala. In the near future, Aviapolis will also see the rise of new residential areas; for instance, new residential blocks will be built next to the Aerola buildings designed by Alvar Aalto.
Renowned for its architecture, Kartanonkoski is one of the best-known and most desired residential areas in Vantaa. The architecture was influenced by the buildings of the Backas manor and 1920s’ classicism. Typical features in the area include narrow, curved streets, steep red-brick roofs, and colourful walls. The distinctive look of the area gained fame in the Risto Räppääjä films, among other things.
The popular residential area of Ylästö is situated on the south side of Ring Road III and bordered by the Vantaa river. The outdoor recreation and nature conservation areas of Pitkäkoski and Haltiala are located along the river. The housing of Ylästö mostly consists of one-family houses and terraced houses. Buildings dating back to the 18th century have remained in the area. The area is especially popular among families with children.
Pakkala was named after the Backas manor established in the 17th century. The residential area is situated next to the commercial centre of the area and the shopping centre Jumbo. The stock of buildings in the area is diverse, consisting of one-family houses, terraced houses, and apartment buildings, and the development in the area continues to be vivid. Pakkalanrinne is one of the newest residential areas offering one-family houses.
Tammisto is situated in a fork of the Vantaa and Keravanjoki rivers next to the Tuusulanväylä motorway. The area has developed into one of the largest commercial hubs in Vantaa. It was named after the large oaks (tammi) growing in Tammistonmäki. Protected as of 1946, Tammistonmäki is the first nature conservation area in Vantaa. The area hosts terraced houses and apartment buildings in addition to one-family houses.
The new residential area of Aerola is situated in the immediate vicinity of the Aviapolis station. The heart of the area is formed by the residential areas, saunas and washing houses designed by Alvar Aalto for the aeroplane mechanics of Aero Oy (predecessor of Finnair) in the 1950s. The new buildings reflect the history and spirit of the area. The colours and materials follow the heritage of Alvar Aalto, featuring brick and white plastering.
Jumbo, the second largest shopping centre in the Nordic countries and the largest shopping centre in Finland in terms of purchasing numbers, is located at the heart of Aviapolis. Jumbo and the Tammisto shopping area situated in its vicinity host nearly 200 specialist stores, including international chains and smaller boutiques.
Aviapolis is also home to one of the most popular travel destinations in the Helsinki region; the Flamingo Entertainment Centre, featuring a spa, hotel, a number of restaurants, a bowling alley, cinema, and much more.
The International School of Vantaa is situated in Aviapolis, and the area also has the English-speaking Y.E.S day care centre in addition to Finnish-speaking day care centres.
The location of Aviapolis outside the traffic of the city centre and in the immediate vicinity of the airport makes it an ideal place for meetings and encounters. In Aviapolis, you will have no trouble arranging both international conferences and smaller meetings. Diverse accommodation options also offer the opportunity to organise events lasting several days.
Competence and business opportunities were the topics at the International Airport Regions Conference on June 9th, 2016 at the Science Center Heureka in Vantaa.