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16.05.2019 //
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Kimmo Kallonen

Finnish Food Authority inspection station in Vuosaari

The Port of Helsinki is commissioning the construction of a border inspection station for the Finnish Food Authority in the Vuosaari harbour area. The new veterinary border inspection station will be responsible for inspecting imported products of animal origin. Live animals are not covered by these inspections.

The construction project plan was signed in February this year by representatives of the Finnish Food Authority, Senate Properties and the Port of Helsinki. According to the division of responsibilities in the parties’ agreement, the site will be developed and owned by the Port of Helsinki. It will lease the building to Senate Properties, which will sublet it to the Finnish Food Authority. The Finnish Food Authority was formerly known as Evira. 

The station in Vuosaari will replace the previous Port of Helsinki veterinary border inspection station located in the Hakuninmaa district. The background to the development is an amendment to the EU’s control regulation, which sets more stringent requirements on matters such as the locations of inspection stations. The new border inspection station is due to be opened in summer 2020.

The project’s principal designer is Timo Helminen from Siren Architects.

The building will have a gross floor area of 300 square metres. The aim is to create a multifunctional building that can be adapted according to the occupants’ needs, primarily serving the veterinary border inspection operations. The premises also include offices and social spaces.

The new building will be located in the immediate vicinity of existing buildings (V6 and V7) in the area and it will form an architectonic entity in combination with them. The construction site is near the sea and the planned material will be suitable for the location. The same cluster of buildings will also include other functions, serving purposes such as heavy goods vehicles.