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

April 2021: Kortepohja Building D in the indoor manufacturing phase

The renovation of building D begun in August 2020 and is progressing in schedule. In April 2021, the interior finishing of the apartments and other spaces is processing from the top floors downwards. The exterior work (earthwork, painting and sealing of the facade) will continue during the spring as weather gets warmer. The ground contractor will return to the south side of the building in mid-April.

The construction site will remain as is – changes only in July 2021

The construction site of building D will remain as it is until the project is completed in July 2021. Before the construction work is accepted, the worksite fences will be removed from around the building D and will be transferred to serve the construction site of building E.

In the planning of the worksites, the activities in the area and the safety of everyone moving around it will be taken into account as well as possible. Soihtu regularly discusses the safety and convenience of the area with the main contractor, who takes the issues into account as well as possible. A total of 40 to 50 staff members work on the site on average, and the traffic of personnel and freight to the worksite can be seen at a regular basis in both Soihtu 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 Kortepohja building E construction has been put out to tender, the decision of the beginning of the construction expected from the Council of the Representatives of the Student Union expected in May 2021

The construction of building E has been put out to tender. This means the plans for the building are practically finished and the contractors will leave bids on the implementation of the construction. Soihtu will negotiate on the grounds of the bids and pick a contractor for the worksite. The decision of the contractor and the beginning of the project will be ultimately determined by the Board of Executives. The worksite has been planned to begin in August 2021, when building D will be finished and accepted into use.

The development of the yard area

The Student Village area is returned piece by piece to the use of the Student Village tenants. Also the renovated greenery will be growing and adding to the comfort of the area for several decades into the future. The gardening work on the entrance route of the Kortepohja Student Village have been finished during the fall of 2020 and the signage of the area will be added accodring to the plans in the spring of 2021. A special attention will be paid to the markings of the routes on the area on the grounds of the feedback received.

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Kortepohja Tower blocks’ renovation

The renovation of Building D:

  • schedule: 8/2020 – 7/2021
  • apartments (studios): 149
  • Main contractor: YIT Suomi Oy

The renovation of Building E:

  • schedule 8/2021 – 7/2022
  • apartments (studios): 145
  • Main contractor: To be chosen during spring 2021

Soihtu Korttelikylä – new construction in Mäki-Matti neighbourhood

January – March 2021

The Soihtu Korttelikylä housing location has been planned for a lengthy period, and constructin on-site was started in December 2020. Before the actual construction work could be atarted, 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 construction work at the Soihtu Korttelikylä housing location has been progressing well despite the “old-fashioned winter” according to the plan. The foundations have been laid and concrete elements are being put up at the moment. The frame and the outer walls of the building are currently rising at a whopping speed of one floor per week, changing the environment at a fast pace. The indoor work such as concrete floor casting will be started inside the building as soon as the conditions from them can be arranged.

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

News on Soihtu's area development

We have added information on Soihtu’s construction work

, / 29.3.2021

We have gathered current information about our on-going construction sites on one page. In addition to short depictions of each project, we will be updating details of the progress of each worksite. In the bottom of the page, articles about our area development and construction projects can be found. The page is available in Finnish and in English.

Building D renovation will be completed next autumn

, , , / 12.2.2021

The so-called Tower Blocks of the Student Village are being renovated one by one and currently the building D is under renovation. The building will be move-in-ready next autumn. Building D is one of our studio apartments’ building. Apartment…

Yard modification of Soihtu Vehkakuja

, , / 2.11.2020

We will begin renewing the property of Soihtu Vehkakuja in November. The work is finished by the end of November. After that, there will be more guest parking spaces, a shelter for bicycles of the staff and customers of the offices in Vehkakuja 2B,…