Wärtsilä holds architectural design competition to develop east bank of Aurajokisuu site in Turku, Finland

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 17 March 2005 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä has decided to restart the rezoning of the undeveloped east bank of the Aurajokisuu site in Turku. The purpose of the rezoning, which was halted several years ago, is to turn the site into a residential area.

In order to update the existing zoning plans, Wärtsilä and the city of Turku’s zoning department have announced an architectural design competition that applies the rules of the Finnish Association of Architects. The competition will gather new ideas for taking the rezoning plan forward. Four architect offices have been invited to participate: Arkkitehdit Gullichsen Vormala Ky, Arkkitehtitoimisto Stefan Ahlman Arkitektsbyrå Oy, Arkkitehtitoimisto Haroma & Partners Oy, and Arkkitehtitoimisto Sigge Oy. The competition ends on 16 May 2005.

The competition does not apply to Wärtsilä’s factory and office buildings, which lie outside the site covered by the competition and which will continue to be used by Wärtsilä.

The main focus of Wärtsilä’s Turku unit is engine service. Customer training activities will henceforth be provided from Turku since the corresponding activities in Vaasa will be transferred to Turku. Centralization of the training activities in Turku will mean the addition of a few new employees. Wärtsilä will renovate its office building for the needs of its training and service activities. Wärtsilä has altogether 220 employees at its Turku unit.

Further information:

Competition: Erkki Anttila, VP, Corporate Real Estate, tel. +358 400 422 682

Turku Training Centre: Jari Ullakonoja, Director, Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy, tel. +358 40 546 5433 or Krister Slotte, Local Service Manager, tel. +358 400 526 763