Swedish company Hemsö to purchase three properties in the use of the University of the Arts Helsinki
The new lease enables the renovation of a historically valuable building built in the 1930s.
The Swedish property investor Hemsö, which specialises in buildings for public use, has purchased three university properties currently in the use of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki): The Theatre Academy’s premises located at Haapaniemenkatu and the Sibelius Academy’s premises at Nervanderinkatu and Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu. Uniarts Helsinki is a lessee in the buildings, and as a result of the purchase, the university’s lessor will change.
The new lease states that the historically valuable building, located at Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu and built for the Sibelius Academy’s use in the 1930s, will undergo renovation. The building served as the temporary premises of the Finnish Parliament in 2015–2017. The renovation includes improving the acoustics of halls and classrooms and restoring the acoustics of the concert hall, which is of great cultural and historic value, closer to its original state. Planning of the renovation will begin immediately, and the renovation is estimated to be complete in autumn 2019.
Uniarts Helsinki finds that the cooperation with Hemsö is an opportunity to develop the university’s operations and facilities. Uniarts Helsinki will centralise its operations over two campuses, Töölö and Sörnäinen, in the future. A new building will be built at Sörnäisten rantatie, and its main purpose is to replace the current temporary premises of the Academy of Fine Arts located in the Vallila neighbourhood.
“Cooperation with Hemsö will enable the long-term development of our facilities in Töölö and Sörnäinen. With our new lessor, we are able to work together and make our premises even more functional and adapt them so that they will meet the future needs of art education even better”, says Uniarts Helsinki’s Rector Jari Perkiömäki.
Hemsö is already the owner of several buildings used by learning institutions in Finland, including the Åbo Akademi campus in Vaasa, the new campus of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Pori, the Kupittaa campus of Turku University of Applied Sciences, and the premises at Arkadiankatu 24 in Helsinki that are in the use of Hanken and Aalto University.
Hemsö purchased the properties from Helsinki University Properties.
Rector Jari Perkiömäki
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