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The city planning proposal and preparatory material for the repurposed Frenckell office spaces available

Published 1.11.2021 14.09

The new proposal material for the updated Frenckell city plan allows for more multifunctional use and is ready to be viewed. The change in the city plan makes it possible for the office building to be used as, for example, a business, a spa and a hotel space. The estate, currently mostly used for office purposes, has spaces indicated for common use and public activities as well as for business premises. The objectives of the City of Tampere are to brighten up the area and to improve traffic connections.


The Frenckell spillway bridge, illustration of the change. Illustration of the reference plan, Aihio Arkkitehdit

The city of Tampere aims to sell the Frenckell and the office buildings, which means the city plan must be adjusted. A decision to sell Frenckell has been made, although it is not yet legally binding.

The preparatory materials for the plan and the revised participation and assessment scheme will be on view to the public until 18 November 2021. A public event will be held in either Frenckell’s inner courtyard or the auditorium on 4 November 2021 at 4.30 p.m. (address: Frenckellinaukio 2, please use the Frenckell Theatre entrance).

The objective of the city plan is to ensure the preservation of the cultural-historical, architectural and urban scenic significance of the area and its buildings, and to develop the connections both within the area and through it.

An area in a valuable landscape

The planning area is located on the west bank of the Tammerkoski rapids. The area is bordered by Frenckellinaukio to the west, Satakunnankatu to the north, Tammerkoski to the east and Vanhankirjastonpuisto to the south. The planning area is part of the man-made cultural environment with significant national value, and the Frenckell factory is an essential part of the industrial landscape in Tammerkoski.

There has been industrial activity in the area since the late 18th century. The building complex, once used as a paper mill, now functions as an office space. It has been located at Frenckellinaukio 2 since the early 20th century. In addition, site 1, located to the south of Frenckell, is also part of the city plan, consisting of a park area and a combined office and residential building that was completed in 1847 and is today used as an office space.

In addition to the factory building, the plan area includes Frenckell’s former boiler room, also from the early 20th century, as well as Frenckell’s octagonal chimney, designed by Federley in 1870. The relic area of the Frenckell paper mill is also located in the planning area.

The city plan proposal guidelines

The planning determines the guidelines for how to develop the Frenckell estate and the office building. Similar to the current plan, the new plan strongly emphasises conservation as well since the project is located at the heart of an environmentally valuable area. The highly valued buildings and the park will be protected, but the aim is to make the buildings multifunctionally accessible.

The changes included in the city plan will not affect the Frenckell building area. The existing buildings will be preserved. The improvements will be made to the existing buildings. Only light structures designed for terraces or entrances are indicated as new structures, as well as a new glass terrace restaurant indicated in the lower yard next to the wall.

The block area for general sites will become a block for city centre functions, which will be suitable for premises appropriate for its cultural environment, such as business, office, accommodation, production and service spaces as well as private and public spaces for cultural and recreational activities.

The city planning includes research on how to improve the Valssipato bridge due to its issues with traffic congestion. The plan makes it possible to widen the spillway bridge in order to improve the situation with light traffic. The passage through Frenckell can be widened to allow more room for cyclists and pedestrians. The cycling and pedestrian connections will be developed without endangering the culturally valuable park.

The park area is regarded as significant for its historical and urban scenic value, the development of which should take into account the area’s location, scenic value and the preservation of the cultural-historical values. The material also includes an illustrative yard and park plan.

In addition, there are several plan notations and general regulations on the plan map that, among other things, ensure the preservation of the valuable artefacts and the man-made cultural environment as well as ensure the preservation of the area’s public characteristics and the traffic connections through Frenckell and the city plan area.

Phases of city planning

The preparations for the city plan changes began in spring 2019. Based on feedback from the early phases, the plan specifically, for example, takes into consideration the preservation and protection of cultural-historical values. Further assessment regarding archaeology and the park history as well as supplemental field surveys regarding the buildings have been prepared.

Repurposing and traffic connections are designed to align with the values regarding the buildings and the park area. The changes are to be executed according to the plan by keeping the environmental value of the area in mind and by matching the construction style. The museum authority will lead all further planning.

Along with the assessment, an illustrative reference design for the plan has been drafted by Aihio Arkkitehdit, the designer for the upcoming operator Meijou Oy. The plan has been prepared at work meetings directed by the city and in close cooperation with different design fields and the regional museum.

Further information

City of Tampere, City Planning, City Centre regional manager Project Architect
Iina Laakkonen Tel. +358408063080

Text Anna-Leea Hyry