Leppävaara – Cluster of traffic and business

Leppävaara is the largest and most active of Espoo’s centres with great connections all around the metropolitan area. Leppävaara is the third biggest public transport hub in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Because of the good public transport connections, only half of the households in Leppävaara own a car. Services, shops, workplaces, exercise and recreational possibilities are within walking distance and outdoors activities nearby.

At the moment 65,000 people live in Leppävaara area and the number is estimated to grow to 100,000 by 2050. Leppävaara has a youthful look and has been built over several decades. Most of its area has already been planned but complementary construction will continue in the upcoming years.

Leppävaara is also a cultural and entertainment centre. Sello Library with its concert halls, the Gallen-Kallela Museum, movie theatres, several restaurants, GLO Hotel and recreational activities such as a bowling alley are available in Leppävaara. Shopping centre Sello is one of the biggest and most ecological shopping centres in the Nordic countries.

Leppävaara Sports Park is the biggest of Espoo’s seven sports parks and offers a wide range of different sports activities. There’s an athletics stadium, a swimming hall with an outdoor pool, and an ice rink. In the near future, a new athletics-oriented multi-function hall will be built in the middle of the sports park. Kilo riding hall and a golf driving range, Vermo harness racing centre close to an up-and-coming horse riding centre, a disc golf course and the Angry Birds Park are also located in Leppävaara.

Leppävaara Sports Park

According to a study conducted in 2015, Leppävaara is the favourite location for companies within Espoo. In the area, there are approximately 30,000 jobs, which is one fourth of all jobs in Espoo. Most of these are in the fields of information and technology. The other most notable business areas in Leppävaara are information, retail and wholesale, and education.

Leppävaara is an active education centre that provides opportunities to study for all ages. In addition to the extensive network of comprehensive schools and the general upper secondary school with a sports emphasis, Leppävaara also has Metropolia’s technical degree programmes to offer, as well as the education provided by Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the Adult Education Centre.

Companies located in Suur-Leppävaara:

  • Nokia headquarters
  • Yara Suomi Oy headquarters
  • Ramboll headquarters
  • SRV headquarters
  • Lujatalo Oy headquarters
  • Eltel Networks Oy headquarters
  • Siemens Suomi Oy
  • Tech Data Oy headquarters
Leppävaara Centre

Distance from Helsinki Central Railway Station

16 minutes by train

Leppävaara development

The Leppävaara centre is being developed as a dense urban area relying on sustainable traffic where housing and services go hand in hand.

In the next 10 years, Leppävaara will grow through residential and commercial construction. Housing for an additional 10,000 people will be finished by 2025. By that time, the first transversal track of the greater Helsinki area will be in use and will connect Leppävaara to the Otaniemi campus and metro station.

The currently wide range of services will be further increased as the new Hatsinanpuisto business and sports centre will be in use.

New apartments, office spaces, a hotel and commercial premises will be built in north Leppävaara. At the same time the commercial centre and pedestrian area of Leppävaara will be extended to the north side of the train track.

The development work aims to strengthen the image of Leppävaara as an independent city centre and Leppävaara’s compact city structure will be an example of how inhabitants can lead their daily lives without private vehicles.

Most important development projects

Development of Leppävaara centre

The building project of Leppävaara centre is the most important development project in the area. At the moment, the old Turku highway and the railway track divide Leppävaara centre. Through the project, the dividing effect will be diminished, north and south Leppävaara will be better connected by a new terminal bridge and the transportation terminal can be lifted to a whole new level. The construction phase of approximately 80,000 m² of floor area is estimated to take place between 2019 and 2023. The building will include new homes for 700 new inhabitants, office spaces, a hotel and commercial premises.

Sketch of Sello Shopping Centre in Leppävaara Centre Sketch: Helin Co. Arkkitehdit

Shopping Centre Sello will be expanded on top of the railway. There will be approximately 5,000 m2 of additional space. From the shopping centre, a pedestrian bridge will be built over the railway, including connections to station platforms and the bus terminal. Construction will begin in 2019.

Hatsinanpuisto business and sports centre

Sketch of Hatsinanpuisto in Leppävaara Sketch: Arkkitehtityöhuone Artto Palo Rossi Tikka Architechts

Hatsinanpuisto business and sports centre will further increase Leppävaara’s current offering of commercial services. The construction of approximately 100,000 m² of floor area will take place between 2019 and 2025.


Sketch of Säterinkallionkulma Sketch: Arkkitehtitoimisto Petri Rouhiainen Oy

In Säterinkallionkulma, less than a kilometre from the Leppävaara public transport terminal and Shopping Centre Sello, housing is being planned for approximately 800 residents. The area will be built as a pleasant high-quality living and operating environment near the services of Leppävaara. The cityscape of the area will be dense and urban. The area will be built close to the future Jokeri Light Rail Line, and one of the stops of the light rail line will be in the area.

Leppävaara Sports Park

Sketch of Leppävaara Sports Hall Sketch: Kameleonten

A new sports and multifunction hall with the appropriate services is being planned for Leppävaara Sports Park.

The hall is planned to be partly two-storeyed, approximately 180x77 metres in size. In addition to an athletics field and a running track, there will be several playing fields and gyms suitable for different uses, office facilities and a café in the building. The multi-function hall also enables the organisation of rock/pop concerts and various fairs in Leppävaara.

Jokeri Light Rail

Jokeri Light Rail is an express tramline that will be constructed between Helsinki Itäkeskus and Espoo Keilaniemi. The track will be 25 kilometres long, nine of them located in Espoo. The construction of the Jokeri Light Rail line will begin as soon as possible. The project will have a significant effect on the development of Leppävaara’s infrastructure.

Vermonniitty area building project

Aerial view from Vermonniitty

Residential construction of 227,000 m² of floor area will provide a home to 6,000 new inhabitants. The construction will be largely complete by 2022.

Mäkkylä and Puustellinkallio residential building

Residential buildings and homes for 1,200 new inhabitants will be built in the current vocational school area. The construction project of approximately 60,000 m² of floor area will take place between 2019 and 2025.

Palokärki industrial area and Kilonkartano

Homes for 1,000 new inhabitants will be built in the Palokärki and Kilonkartano area. The construction is to include 50,000 m² of floor area and to take place between 2019 and 2022.


Project Director Mika Rantala, mika.j.rantala@espoo.fi, +358 46 877 2843

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