Urban development

The future is in cities

We create sustainable, functional and attractive cities and living environments.

We expect urbanisation to continue in spite of the digital leap and the increase in remote work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social encounters, cultural experiences and diverse services attract people to cities. As an urban developer, we strive for sustainable cities where the important services and functions of daily life can be reached in 15 minutes by walking, cycling or public transport.

Rich life in cities

We recognise that a highly functional city is a place where everyday life is safe, comfortable and convenient. It is an environment that provides good opportunities for smooth mobility of various kinds, especially for pedestrians. It is a 15-minute city, where the services you need on a daily basis are close to you and easy to reach.

We create porous cities where various functions are blended in a flexible manner. Housing, jobs, services, hobbies, mobility and attractive urban spaces are all connected to each other and close to the city’s residents. An appropriately dense urban structure enables a vibrant and diverse environment. Combining dense urban structures with good public transport connections protects the local nature of cities and makes it more accessible.

Our objective is to create urban environments that invite their users to spend time in them and enjoy life. A good urban environment includes comfortable and vibrant streets as well an element of surprise!

Watch what YIT's Head of Urban Development, Juha Kostiainen, tells about the topic.

Urban development brings daily services close to people

The Tripla and Pasila area is an excellent example of sustainable urban development – important daily services and functions are accessible in 15 minutes by walking, cycling or public transport. It has evolved into an important urban centre through controlled development. 

Punos in Helsinki’s Itäkeskus district is another example of an urban development area. When completed, it will offers smooth mobility not only by public transport but also by walking, cycling and car. On the upper floors of Punos, one can live in peace and have privacy right next to everything one needs. The pleasant inner yard rises above the street level, providing opportunities for activities such as exercise, urban farming and outdoor community events. 

Pasila before

Tripla in Pasila before

Pasila in the future

Tripla in Pasila in the future

Itäkeskus area today

Punos in Itäkeskus area today
Source: Helsingin 3D-kaupunkimallit / Helsingin kaupunginkanslia. Lisenssi CC BY 4.0

Itäkeskus area in the future

Punos in Itäkeskus area in the future

What do city dwellers wish from sustainable urban environments?

Sustainable Urban Environments barometer aims to reveal the types of urban environments people wish to see developed. The participating city dwellers express their views on themes such as home, urban environment, transport and retail.


Young people in the city

We manage complex projects effectively

Every project is unique, but our extensive experience and multidisciplinary expertise enables us to carry out complex projects from idea generation all the way to the maintenance phase. Construction and renovation are only parts of a broader whole that can include project design and planning, participation in the creation of local detailed plans, the leasing of premises and finding investors. YIT also owns and maintains properties itself.

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    Large urban development projects

    Large urban development projects often combine various functions in one hybrid project. For instance, a project can combine housing, office construction, commercial premises, public services and public transport to create a high-quality urban environment. Examples of interesting locations include transport stations, inner city districts and old industrial districts.

    Sustainable urban development

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    Source: Kanttia2, 2019

    Renewal of city districts

    The renewal of city districts refers to developing residential neighbourhoods outside city centres that are due for renovation and revitalising them through complementary construction and renovation. Such districts are evaluated extensively as a whole and from several different perspectives.

    Examples of possible measures include the complementary construction or demolition-based complementary construction of properties, the renovation of housing companies, the renewal of services and the reorganisation of parking.

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    Projects with partners

    YIT also engages in project development in cooperation with various partners. Regenero is a joint venture established by YIT and HGR Property Partners. It focuses on the development of large combined housing, commercial and business premises projects in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The projects are of significant size and situated in key locations with good transport connections.

Examples of our projects currently in the development phase include the Tampere Travel and Service Centre (Finnpark area), Punos in Helsinki and Keilaniemenranta in Espoo (Regenero)

One example of our projects currently in the implementation phase is Maria 01, Helsinki. 

Our completed urban development projects include Lauttis in Helsinki’s Lauttasaari district and Tripla in Helsinki’s Pasila district.

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Urban development contacts

Searching partnerships for urban development projects? Please contact YIT’s urban development professionals via YIT’s switchboard tel. +358 20 433 111. Personal email addresses follow the form firstname.lastname@yit.fi.

Juha Kostiainen
Large urban development projects
Tauno Kestilä
Large urban development projects
Tero Karislahti
Large urban development projects
Antti Seppälä
Urban development, transactions
Linda Wiksten
Zoning, area renovations
Satu Poteri
Analyses, geographic data