The old City Hall in the centre of Espoo will not be granted protection. The Ministry of the Environment has rejected an appeal of the decision issued by Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Uusimaa to refuse a protection proposal submitted for the building. Furthermore, in November 2019 the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland ruled that it would not grant leave to appeal the decision to demolish the building.
Development of Espoo Centre now set to enter full swing
“It is imperative that we now start working on the comprehensive development of Espoo Centre, as the upcoming city rail link is expected to bring a wealth of new residents, services and jobs to the area. The aim is to develop Espoo Centre into a versatile, pleasant and modern city centre,” explains Head of Technical and Environment Services Olli Isotalo.
The appeals and protection proposals concerning the old City Hall have been delaying the development of Espoo Centre and the former administrative centre in particular for years by preventing the City Hall block from being included in development. Completed in 1971, the City Hall building has been vacant since 2008, when its facilities were abandoned due to indoor air problems, among other issues.