Construction and real estate development

Soihtu develops entire service environments following the principles of sustainable development. We create conditions where communities and life long learning can thrive.

Soihtu develops services and neighbourhoods with the tenants

The well-being of tenants, versatile housing options and well-functioning everyday services are our primary goals. We strive to be active developers of entire neighbourhoods.

Ongoing real estate developments in Kortepohja and Mäki-Matti

The renovation of the Tower blocks preserves the climate and cultural environment

The Student Union JYY has been a forerunner in the construction of the Kortepohja neighbourhood since its very beginning. The Tower Blocks A-E built in 1960s to 1970s are now one of the landmarks of the area, and as a whole, they have been conserved as an architectural heritage in the town plan.

Since 2017, a significant construction plan has been going on in the Kortepohja district. The Tower blocks are renovated one by one to meet the modern housing needs. The structures, systems and fittings in the buildings are thoroughly modernized. Services such as Rentukkatalo in connection with the tower blocks are unique in the Finnish student housing genre.

The progress of the Tower blocks’ renovation

Korttelikylä is under construction in Mäki-Matti

Soihtu Korttelikylä is an innovative real estate revelopment project. It’s the first project that the Student Union is undertaking with the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation KOAS.

The construction of Soihtu Korttelikylä makes the urban structure in the Jyväskylä cental area more diverse and compact and increases the availability of affordable rentals near the Jyväskylä educational facilities’ campuses.

According to its strategy, Soihtu aims at an undertaking that meets the requirements of sustainable development. The Soihtu Korttelikylä location will be meeting the standards of the highest possible energy grade A.

The progress of the Soihtu Korttelikylä construction

Kortepohja district

Soihtu manages a significant real estate property in the Kortepohja district of Jyväskylä. Soihtu’s investments in the development of the Kortepohja Student Village increase the amenities and services of the entire neighbourhood of 10 000 people.

In Kortepohja, we are building a modern urban environment, which increases the daily fluency, well-being and sociability for everyone. We co-operate with the local property owners, businesses and the city of Jyväskylä to add to Kortepohja’s attraction and gravity.

Kortepohja school and day-care center

The real estate development project lead by the City of Jyväskylä City is also visible in the Kortepohja Student village area. See the City of Jyväskylä’s webpage for information on the topic (in Finnish only; link opens to a new window).

Current events in Soihtu’s real estate development

The Renovation of the Tower blocks in Kortepohja Student Village

The renovation of building E progresses: January 2022

Construction is progressing through a work phase and an apartment at a time. Tiling work is going on the upper floors of building E, as well as leveling and painting work. Almost all the bathrooms in the building has been bricked, and the floor castings in the bathrooms are progressing floor by floor. A new heat exchanger has been added to the building to bring heat inside. The weather protection will be dismantled at the start of the year 2022, after the water roof is blocked and waterproofed.

The contractor of building E is Rakennus Kaseva from Jyväskylä. Building E is the fifth tower block in Kortepohja Student Village to be renovated and the whole southern area will have been built or renovated in 2000s when the renovation is finished.

The construction site for the renovation of building E has been fenced

When planning the construction sites, the aim is to take functionality of the area and safety of all people moving around on the area into account as much as possible. Soihtu regularly discusses the safety of the area with the main contractor, who takes the issue into account as well as possible. There are 30-50 workers on the construction site, and the traffic of personnel and freight to the worksite can be seen at a regular basis in both Soihtu’s buildings and other city dwellers. The routes on the area may change temporarily, and to protect everyone’s safety on the area, it’s important that the people moving about the area take each other into account.

The development of the yard area

The Student Village area is returned piece by piece to the use of tenants living in the Student Village. Also, the renovated greenery will be growing and adding to the comfort of the area for several decades into the future.

Changes in the construction site due to the renovation of building E also affect the tenants’ everyday life; organization of yard areas and routes in the Student Village change. Like in the beginning of the previous renovations, some trees near the building will cut down. Any trees won’t be cut down off the park area. Some planting will also be done during the project of renovating building E. Landscaping will be done in 2022, and the work will include planting more than 50 trees and 180 bushes among other things.

The bicycle shed will be taken into use later in the fall when the groundworks on the area between building E and the bicycle shed are finished.

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Kortepohja Tower blocks’ renovation

The renovation of Building E:

  • schedule: 8/2021 – 7/2022
  • apartments (studios): 145
  • Main contractor: Rakennus Kaseva Oy

The renovations of Buildings A-D:

  • Building A 2017-2018
  • Building B 2018-2019
  • Building C 2019-2020
  • Building D 2020-2021

Soihtu Korttelikylä – new construction in Mäki-Matti neighbourhood

January 2022

The facades at Soihtu Korttelikylä already have their final look as the brickwork on both buildings have been finished. French balconies have been installed and also the upcoming stairwell window installations are ready, so both buildings are finished on the outside. Interior work continues inside the buildings: In building D they are almost finished and the surface work is already halfway in building E as well. Work is done in phases, and different phases are done simultaneously on different floors. The yard work are on a break during the winter.

The construction site in the quarter affects the surrounding area vastly because KOAS (the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation) is also moving ahead with their construction project.

Soihtu planned the construction at Korttelikylä with care

The Soihtu Korttelikylä housing location has been planned for a lengthy period, and constructing on-site was started in December 2020. Before the actual construction work could be started, as early as Summer 2020, Soihtu took part in a massive earthwork project with the City of Jyväkylä, removing contaminated land from this site that used to host a gasoline station. Soihtu has partnered with the City of Jyväskylä for the updating of the city plan since 2016 according to the pre-contract.

The two major operators of Student Housing co-operating for the first time

Soihtu Korttelikylä is located in a quarter where another major cental Finland’s student housing operator, the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation KOAS, is planning to build their blocks of flats partly simultaneously with Soihtu. The operators have teamed up to plan the quarter as a whole, and Soihtu and KOAS will build the common spaces for the entire quater in co-operation. The tenants in both locations will benefit from the high-quality, multi-purpose common spaces for their studies and student life in accordance to their personal, modern apartments.

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Soihtu Korttelikylä new construction

  • Schedule: 12/2020 – 6/2022
  • Apartments: 158 (142 studios and 16 one-bedroom apartments)
  • Main contractor: Pohjola Rakennus Oy Suomi