In 2018, work progressed from excavation to construction on Länsimetro’s Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. Construction contracts were tendered out in several stages over the year, and construction began on schedule at five stations and on the rail line. The construction of the Sammalvuori depot has progressed to work on the building services. In addition to the schedule targets, also the cost targets were achieved. Excavation contracts remained approximately EUR 14 million below the budget.
During the year, the project adopted a situation management model, so called war room concept, which is new in the construction industry. In this model, project management works in a so-called big room, monitoring the progress of planning, acquisitions, the permit process and implementation as well as occupational safety and cooperation in each construction site, i.e. the stations, the rail line and the depot. Any data from the construction sites and the various sources is processed and analysed on interactive displays. Measurement of the project’s internal communications and cooperation began in the summer. A training system, the Metro Academy, was created to support training and the exchange of information during the project. These development measures brought Länsimetro the Project of the Year award granted by Project Management Association Finland in October.
– The second phase is now going full speed ahead. We have taken full advantage of the experiences gained and lessons learned during the first phase by revising our management model, introducing a situation management model and investing in communications. Construction-related procurements remained within budget. Excavation contracts ran smoothly and, as a whole, remained approximately EUR 14 million below the budget, says Länsimetro Oy’s CEO Ville Saksi.
Other goals were also achieved. During the year, a total of 13,400 construction and production plans were completed. The key building permits needed for starting the construction work were obtained from the construction supervision authorities. Phase two includes a total of 24 subcontracts, 17 of which were tendered out during the year. The tendering process for the contracts that will be carried out later will continue until the summer of 2019. Occupational safety remained at a good level.
In March 2018, the City of Espoo approved an adjusted project plan for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The revised cost estimate for the entire project is EUR 1,159 million. The aim is to hand over the seven kilometres of rail line and five stations and depot to the operator, Helsinki City Transport, during 2023.
Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086, ville.saksi(at)lansimetro.fi