Q&A

Questions about the competition and the planning area by Competitors must be submitted by email to: info@makasiiniranta.fi

The questions will be treated anonymously. The questions and the answers given to them will be published in English here on the competition website within five working days of receiving the question.

Questions may be submitted until 30 September 2021. Questions will not be processed between 14 June and 13 August 2021.

Questions about the competition received by 30 September 2021 and their answers

Questions regarding consortia

Q1: Is the competition intended for consortiums led by a developer and/or constructor with the support of team members in the architecture industry? Received May 18th

Q2: We’d like to participate as architect designers who can bring bold ideas and inspiring solutions to this competition.  Why not also invite a design only category that can run parallel to the limited Consortia Implementers Competition?  This will show the desire for Helsinki seeking exceptional designs for this important project as well far above being practical in finding investors. Received May 24th.

Q3: When you say that this competition is intended for “operators in the construction and real estate industry” do you mean that in the team group you suggest to include more than a design firm also a Real Estate/Urban Developer? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

Q4: The requirement for a development partner is unclear, given the design aspect of the competition. Are development partners required and if so, are they required from the initial competition application stage? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: From the competition programme: “The competition is intended for operators in the construction and real estate industry, or consortia formed by these, which have the technical, economic and other conditions to plan and complete a very demanding and high-quality construction project by a set deadline.”

The purpose of the competition is to find a technically and economically feasible solution for the area as well as an implementer for the solution. This means, that the competitor (consortiums) and its partners must have the economic and financial capacity to be able to carry out a very high-quality project. In other words, what is sought after is to some extent a final composition of an implementing team.

The main reason we ended up involving an implementer to the team is that the city of Helsinki has actually already organized an ideas competition for the same area. That time we ended up with great ideas with no one willing to execute them (financially). So this time we hope that the ideas are both high-quality and economically feasible. However, there will be a separate architecture competition for the new architecture and design museum after the overall solution for the area has been found.

Q: Can one company present a multiply entry (acting as lead design of one team and sub-consultant of another)? Received May 28th

A: It’s not prohibited for a company to take part in multiple consortia. However, we encourage transparency in such cases to avoid confidentiality issues later on.

Q: Regarding preserved buildings, we would like to ask if it is possible to complement consortia for the second competition round with an investor that will offer buying preserved building/buildings? Received June 14th

A: The consortium may be supplemented during the competition procedure

Questions regarding references

Q: How are company references presented? There is no place for them in the reference form. Received May 18th

A: References can be presented in a free form format either separately or within the reference form’s last part Free-form description.  

Q: How is a required “demanding” or “exceptionally demanding” project defined? Is the Ministry of the Environment’s instruction on the difficulty categories of construction design tasks used? Received May 18th

A: The National Building Code of Finland defines the difficulty classes of the building design task, from which we now apply the AA class difficulty level. The competition is about a design task for a very demanding environment or construction site, such as:

  • cultural landscape
  • downtown area
  • in a protected building or environment
  • a site of historical, architectural or landscape significance
  • a very demanding functional and architectural target level

Q1: Long-term experience required, but references are only requested for 5 years. Significant projects can be of such a long duration that particularly experienced people do not have time to get references on three projects within 5 years, even if they have been constantly working on demanding projects. We suggest the requirement to be amended so that personal references can be for a period of 10 years. Received May 18th

Q2: ”The references must not be over five years old.”

Does this requirement apply to references required from the consortium or also to references referring to the experience of the experts to be appointed? Within five years a project manager has not time to lead more than two large projects. Long-term experience required of experts is difficult to demonstrate with reference projects less than five years old alone. Received May 28th

A: Sufficient experience is required of exceptionally demanding projects. Projects do not have to be completed; the evaluation is carried out as an overall evaluation.

Q: ”The consortium must have at least three references to show on the planning and implementation of property development projects with a scale of at least 10,000 floor square metres.” 

Should these references be the references of an expert to be nominated or can they be the references of other members of the group?

In landscape architecture and traffic planning, 10,000 sqm is not a relevant scale unit, can references be selected using other principles with reference to scale and complexity? Received May 28th

A: The evaluation will be carried out as an overall evaluation. Project management and chief designer must have long-term experience in the successful management of demanding construction projects. Landscape architect and Traffic planning officer’s references will be evaluated as a whole.

Q: The competition program mentions English as the language of the competition, and competition proposals must be written in English. What about applications for participation, such as a description of the competitor, various certificates and references, can they be submitted in Finnish? Received May 25th.

A: Certificates can be in Finnish. Any written output specifically for the competition must be in English.

Questions regarding decision on selected participants

Q: When is it known whether the registration has been approved? Received May 18th

A: In the month of July at the latest  

Q: Will all registrants receive information about the selected participants? Received May 18th

A: The names of the consortia will be published (eg the name of the responsible investor and / or construction company). However, this does not mean the name / work title of the competition proposal.

Q: Is the decision appealable? Received May 18th

A: Yes it is.

Q1: How many competitors will be selected to participate in Phase 1 of this competition? Received May 24th.

Q2: Will you be limiting the number of entries for Stage 1 (after the pre-qualifications) of the competition? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

Q3: How many teams get accepted for the 1st phase of the competition? Received May 28th

A: The number of the competitors is not limited.

Q: Please clarify how the selection for the competition is scored? Received May 28th

A: There is no scoring for the selection of contestants. Every consortium, that can meet the minimum eligibility requirements is allowed to take part.

Questions regarding other design resources and design experts

Q: There is a very short time from the announcement of the competition to the registration. However, the selection of experts and contracts with different experts must be made carefully. We suggest that on 21.6. applicants will appoint key personnel and for others it is sufficient free-form description that the experts required by the competition program will be included in the group later. Received May 18th

A: The participant must have access to experts in the fields of structural engineering, foundation engineering, rock construction, infrastructure maintenance, noise abatement planning and the assessment of the lifecycle emissions and climate impact of construction projects.

The planning resources and the involvement, as well as, the commitments of other design resources and design experts can be described in the application in a free-form description.

The organiser of the competition has the right to request any necessary supplemental or additional information from the competitors.

Questions regarding the new Architecture and Design Museum

Q: Will entry to the design museum competition also be open to parties who enter the q&c competition? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Participation in the Makasiiniranta competition does not preclude nor is it a condition for participation in the Architecture and Design Museum competition

Q1: Are the two competitions interlinked in a way that you need to participate in the master plan part in order to be invited to the museum competition? Or will the museum competition be invitation based only? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

Q2: Will a separate tender be issued for the exhibition design of the New Architecture and Design Museum? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: The two competitions are not interlinked from organization perspective. The city is involved in both competitions but not the organizer of the Architecture and Design Museum competition. The implementation of the new museum will be decided at a later stage. All that is known at this point about the upcoming Architecture and Design Museum competition is that it is planned to be held. More information about the museum here.

Questions regarding the harbour area

Q: What are the logistic needs for the ferry which will be docking in the area in the future? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Cruise ships need space on shore as well as to deliver goods to the ship and other equipment related to ship maintenance. The pier safety area (approximately 15 meters) also serves as a service space for cruise ship service vehicles.

Q: Can the harbor security area (inaccessible from the public) be challenged? (shape and size) to which extent? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Not per se but this will be clarified in further planning.

Q: There’s always need for cruise ship service at Pier level. How has this been considered from the pedestrians point of view? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: A safety area has been reserved for ships at the pier, where the ship’s maintenance and other needs can also be taken care of. The Port of Helsinki has announced that passenger traffic and traffic in the security area will not intersect.

Q: Is it allowed to offer additional, deck-like platforms on the sea? Floating or anchored to the sea bottom? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Due to the remaining operating vessels it is not possible.

Questions regarding traffic

Q: The traffic presentation mentioned an underground collection route that was not be taken into account for the competition. However the civil engineering mentioned a service collection reservation. Is it possible to clarify the future Needs in term of service traffic for the competition area? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Service traffic of the area can be arranged as an underground connection using the entrance to the Tähtitorninvuori parking facility and by building an underground driving connection to the planning area (see the traffic section of the competition program).

Q: What do you mean by “collector” street? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: This is a term used in the classification of the street network for a street that serves as a street that collects traffic in the area’s street network. It therefore plays a more significant role in the transport system than the local street network.

Q: Is there an idea where the parking lots for the new blocks should optimally be placed? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Parking is to be placed in the Tähtitorninvuori parking facility (east of Laivasillankatu). The car park may need to be expanded

Questions regarding the competition entries

Q: Are the detailed scope of work for each of the phases available? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Plan documents required in the first phase can be found in the competition programme and appendices. The scope of the material to be prepared in the second phase of the competition corresponds with the requirements of the first phase. In the second phase, the competitors will also submit their offers for the unit prices of the building rights in accordance with their entry, as well as the total price calculated on the basis of the building rights.

Q1: Does the competition program provide a number in term of square meters for new construction? To what extent the entries can differ from this number? (higher or lower amount of square meters). Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

Q2: What is the maximum GFA area for development of new functions mentioned (services, shops, hotel ect)? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Target floor area is not defined in the competition program. Various studies on the floor area have been carried out for the area in the “A space allocation and guideline plan for Makasiiniranta and Olympiaranta” report.

Q: Why is housing not allowed in the area? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: It is possible to plan culture, service, business and other facility construction in the area, to support museum activities (e.g., a hotel is possible). The goal is to achieve functional versatility.The area will be developed as an area of high-quality public outdoor spaces and connections, as well as maritime functions. The area is being developed as part of the pedestrian centre,  and seaside trail around the southern shores of Helsinki. In this context, housing would not be suitable for the area.

Q: Are there any specific requirements for rising the docks to 3,4m? Or only the building ground-floors need to be at that level? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: The city’s goal in the planning and implementation of the area is to prepare for the sea level estimated in accordance with the forecast situation in 2100. Therefore, the ground surface in the area is to be raised to +3.4 m. The floors of planned buildings with a floor level lower than this must be waterproofed. It is therefore not forbidden to build below that level. Of course, the economics of underground construction must be taken into account in the planning.

Q: Can you please clarify the deliverables for Phase 1and 2 – report (number of pages if limited), size and number of boards? Other materials to submit? Received June 7

A: The draft plan will be submitted as a PDF file printable at size A3, and an overall plan for the area will be submitted as a PDF file printable at size A0. The competitors may also present drawings at other paper sizes if this is justified for scale reasons. The number of pages is not limited. Plan documents required in the first phase are detailed in the Competition Programme.

The scope of the material to be prepared in the second phase of the competition corresponds with the requirements of the first phase with more focus on detailing technical and economic feasibility of the project, and the competitors will also submit their offers for the unit prices of the building rights.

Questions regarding the prizes

Q: Will prizes be awarded after completion of the Phase 1 or Phase 2? Received June 7th

A: The prizes will be awarded after the end of the whole competition after phase 2.

Questions regarding the winning entry as a starting point for planning

Q: Taking into account the importance of design for public areas in this competition, we would like to ask, how is it ensured that public spaces are designed and implemented in accordance with the winning proposal? Will the city of Helsinki hire the designers/experts of the winning team (e.g. land scape architect) to continue in zoning phase for example in form of developing a design manual for the area? Received May 25th

A: The starting point for the planning and detailed planning of the competition area is considered to be the winning proposal. The winning proposal will serve as a basis for future implementation and the city will contribute to the idea and quality level of the proposal in the planning and implementation of public areas. The planning and implementation of the competition area is coordinated and reconciliated in project meetings organized by the Helsinki City Office.

According to the terms of the implementation agreement draft in the Competition Programme appendices (found in the competition website), the recipient of the development reservation is obliged to follow the Competition Programme and the competition proposal, further planning instructions and at least the quality level and basic solutions presented therein in the further planning and implementation of the project.

The planning of the reservation area is implemented as a partnership planning. The recipient of the reservation undertakes to actively promote the planning and zoning of the reservation area and to produce the material necessary to support the zoning at own expense. The scope of the required material will be agreed in more detail in the negotiation phase and in the post-competition development reservation decision.

Q1: What is the expected contracted scope following the masterplan competition. Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

Q2: What is the construction budget? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: The winning group will continue to plan the area as a partnership planning project in cooperation with the City and will act as the implementer of the plots to be formed on the basis of the competition entry. The winning group will commit itself to the development of the area and the implementation of the solution in the long term on an overall responsibility basis and will be responsible for all costs of planning, implementation and maintenance. The City will be responsible for the preconstruction of the area and the implementation and maintenance of public areas. The city has not set a budget for construction. The scope and thereby the budget will be comprised in accordance with the winning entry and during the development reservation phase. The competition programme defines qualitative objectives for the competition area.

Questions regarding the City of Helsinki

Q: Will a complete list of regulatory bodies with jurisdiction over the area be provided? At what point will the regulatory bodies with jurisdiction  be engaged and through what channels? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: The planning process and participation in Helsinki is explained here. Detailed planning in Helsinki is explained in more detail here.  

Q: What is different about the approach this time following previous competitions for this area. Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: There have been two major competitions in Helsinki in which Makasiiniranta area played a role. Kirjava Satama was a competition for ideas for a wider area, and Guggenheim Helsinki explored the possibility of building a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki. The current competition is targeted at a specific area and for the future implementers. The previous competitions were open international competitions.

Q: How secured it is that the City of Helsinki will make the final decision to sell the plots after the competition to the selected participant? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: The project is based on City Strategy and the city is very committed to the project. The sale of the plots is based on the plot transfer guidelines approved by the city borad, which the city follows, and the competition program approved by the Urban Environment Committee. However, the transfer of the plots requires the preparation of a detailed plan that is in line with the city’s objectives, but to which the city cannot yet legally commit itself for legal reasons. During the development reservervation to be awarded to the winner of the competition, an implementation agreement for the area is to be negotiated and approved, in which the city undertakes to hand over the plots if certain conditions are met.

Q: As elections will be taking place in Helsinki in June, will people like Ms. Sinnemaki still belong to the jury/have a say in the competition? Received during Competition Seminar May 27th

A: Current members of the Jury from the City of Helsinki may change during the competition, as the Jury composition is fixed on the specific position. Debuty Mayor may change following the municipal election, 13 June 2021