Länsimetro announcement: Second phase of the West Metro to be built with a reinforced organisation and renewed operating methods – tendering of construction contracts underway

With excavations nearing completion, the construction of the second phase of the West Metro from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti is about to begin.  In March 2018, the City of Espoo reviewed its project plan for the second phase from 2012. The revised cost estimate for the project is EUR 1,159 million. Construction of the second phase of the West Metro project is carried out with a reinforced client organisation and renewed operating methods.  The goal is that the seven-kilometre rail line and its five stations and depot will be handed over to the operator HKL during 2023.

There are a total of six construction projects: five metro stations and the rail line itself. At the Sammalvuori depot, work has progressed from excavations to construction.  The values of the construction projects vary between 40 to 60 million euros. In addition to the construction projects, 26 sub-contracts will be tendered out, ranging between sizes of one to just over 10 million euros.

In spring 2017, the construction organisation moved to shared premises in Olari, Espoo. The project’s key operators and an improved organisation are now located under one roof: government authorities, design, construction, finances, quality and risk management, and representatives from the metro operator HKL, rescue services and the City of Espoo.

Under the direction of CEO Ville Saksi, the project organisation for the second phase has been assembled with a close eye on the experiences gained during the construction of the first phase.

– The West Metro is an extremely large project even on the European scale, combining expertise in infrastructure and building construction, technical building services and automation. Over the past year, we have changed our operating model into a big room working environment. In the model, employees work in the same space, and work tasks have been arranged in a manner that permits real-time communication and fast decision-making. We have also reinforced the organisation of the project owner Länsimetro Oy in the areas of financial administration and quality and risk management, says Ville Saksi, CEO of Länsimetro Oy.

Discussions have been held with several contractors in assessing the optimal contract type for the construction project. The construction projects will be carried out as project management contracts, with close cooperation between the client and contractors. This contract type is particularly well-suited for large-scale and complex projects such as metro stations. The goal is that all project management contracts will have been tendered out by October 2018, and work at each site will begin during the current year.

Five new stations will be constructed for the section: Finnoo, Kaitaa, Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti. Construction of an underground metro depot for the service operator HKL is underway at Sammalvuori.

More information:
Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086

Länsimetro is tasked with the construction of the West Metro from Ruoholahti to Kivenlahti. The Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section of the West Metro will consist of 7 kilometres of rail line and 5 stations. An underground metro depot will be constructed in Sammalvuori. In 2017, a 14-kilometre rail line from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä and eight new stations were completed.  The metro operates completely underground in two parallel tunnels. www.lansimetro.fi, @metrorakentuu