The obsolete Hiedanranta factory area, with it’s old brick buildings built from late 19th century till the early 20th century, is valuable both in a historical and cultural context. The new Hiedanranta district for 25 000 inhabitants will develop and embrace the factory and the old Lielahti manor estate formulating a vibrant and versatile entity.
The new tram line alignment follows the original railway line and goes through the factory. The area will host a constant array of activity, mixing commercial functions, housing, work, and public services. The new factory complex will be the heart of the city centre and within it will emerge new forms of business, research, art, and social culture.