Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle
State Railways VR is selling its main office at Helsinki’s Central Railway Station to the real estate investment firm Exilion. Scandic Hotels plans to convert the space into a hotel, scheduled to open in 2020.
The station building itself will remain in VR’s ownership. The national train company said in 2014 that it would move its headquarters out of the station due to its cramped space and antiquated infrastructure.
The following year, the VR Group announced that the new site of its HQ would be the Iso Paja (“Big Workshop”) on the campus of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) in the West Pasila neighbourhood. The broadcaster moved out of its flagship building, built in 1993, to save costs.
It now looks as if VR’s main office will move into the building in the spring of 2018.
The iconic Central Railway Station, designed by renowned architect Eliel Saarinen, was inaugurated in 1919. However the part now housing VR’s head office was completed in 1909.