The procurement of the Turku Science Park deck project connecting Itäharju and Kupittaa has been opened on the Hilma public procurement channel. The comprehensive procurement project includes the overall plan for the area, extensive infrastructure projects and the Taito campus of the Turku Vocational Institute.

Procurement launch phase timetable

A presentation for the project and the materials for the invitation to tender will be held on Friday 13 August 2021 from 9am to 11pm.

To participate in the event, the names and email addresses of the participants are to be submitted to and by 11 August 2021 at 1pm.

Questions related to the procurement are to be submitted through the Supplier Portal by 19 August 2021 at 1pm.

The answers will be published through the Supplier Portal by 26 August 2021.

The participation application must be submitted through the Supplier Portal by 6 September 2021 at 1pm.

Contract notice on the Hilma public procurement channel (in Finnish)

An alliance model will be used to seek actors for implementing the project, which is significant for urban development and which involves diverse construction and extensive construction rights.

The aim of the Science Park deck project is to create a series of urban spaces in the planning zone to form a strong and energetic core for the Science Park. Combining public space and various services, the area will bring more vitality to the Science Park and support the operations of the rapidly growing group of actors in the area.

The procurement planning zone is more than 16 hectares, and it is mostly located in the Itäharju industrial area, which is a variable land use area. The planning zone forms a connection for traffic and operations between two sections of the city that are currently fairly separate. As a result of the reforms, Helsinginkatu and the railway are no longer obstacles and Itäharju becomes a natural part of the Science Park area.

- We believe that the project will draw a great deal of interest, as it provides a unique opportunity for businesses in the industry to present their expertise and to affect the development of the Science Park, which is a spearhead project of the City of Turku, says Turku Science Park Project Director Timo Laine.  

- In addition to the significant procurement implemented through an alliance, the project includes a commitment to implement  office construction with a gross floor area of 20,000 square feet as the consortium's own project. There is also an option to purchase residential building rights to the same extent. Laine describes the attractiveness of the projects for the tendering consortia, saying that their value is significant and that they will involve further work for years to come. The project involves building rights with a gross floor area of 40,000 square feet worth and alliance implementations costing EUR 150 million.

Planning zone outline.

The consortiums to be formed are required to have extensive expertise in construction as well as in providing solutions that account for the traffic around the Science Park.

As a result of the reforms, Helsinginkatu and the railway are no longer obstacles.

- The involvement of diverse and extensive expertise is made possible by the implementation of an alliance model, which offers various other strengths as well. An alliance model involves close cooperation between the owner and producer parties and ensures that both the risks and opportunities are shared. Laine justifies the choice of the implementation model by saying that an alliance allows for the project to be directed flexibly from the procurement phase to construction. It also has the potential for innovative solutions.

The aim is that an alliance formed on the basis of tendering could start its planning work in spring 2022at the same time as land use is planned. The project plans and cost estimates will be sent to Turku City Board per project.​

Turun Tiedepuisto - Turku Science Park, one of the three spearhead projects of the City of Turku, is an important component in developing the attractiveness and competitiveness of the city. The objective of the project is to use new network-like operating models to create a boldly experimental cluster of know-how of international interest that has diverse functions and is logistically attractive.

The area of Science Park, extending from the university campus to the Kupittaa base of jobs and further to Itäharju is the most significant centre of growth for know-how and hi-tech jobs in the urban region. The framework for Science Park development is given by the Turku Science Park’s future image published in 2017, Masterplan 2050.