Major redevelopment works in Tallinn’s Old Town Harbour to begin soon | News

Construction, which includes residential and commercial buildings and a new A-terminal, is expected to take several years.

The first phase of the plan for the area around the Old Port of Tallinn has been largely implemented. A bridge over the Admiralty Basin (Admiraliteedi bassein kanal) and a cruise terminal have been built. Also, promenades, a covered parking lot for Terminal D and a new square for the same terminal have been built.

The winning design from 2017 by British firm Zaha Hadid Architects went much further than that, however, so the work done so far is only a preliminary study.

The grand plans are awaiting the processing of detailed plans. For example, the construction of a new A-terminal building is planned; residential and office buildings, cafes, shops and recreational facilities are planned to be built on the seafront.

The area of ​​the Old City Harbour is divided into six development zones for planning purposes: Terminal A and the cruise terminal area, Terminal D and its surroundings, the Admiralty Basin, the Northern Detailed Plan, the Southern Area and the Tuukri Area.

Detailed plans for five of these zones are currently being developed.

The detailed plan regarding the Terminal A/Cruise Terminal Zone, which includes the construction necessary for the port’s operations as well as a section of the publicly accessible promenade planned for the entire port area, was submitted to the city for approval in June this year, Valdo Kalm, CEO of Tallinna Sadam, told ERR.

The new Terminal A development is planned on the site of the existing terminal. The northern part of the building will consist of a covered parking lot, while the southern part will be occupied by the terminal.

The entrance to the building should overlook the Admiralty Basin, together with a new plaza in front of the terminal. Architects Molumba and Marledi won the tender for the design of the Terminal A building last year.

Kalm said: “The start of construction work is directly linked to the adoption of the detailed plan for Terminal A and the cruise terminal area.”

In addition, updated materials regarding the detailed plans of the Admiralty Basin area and those of Terminal D and its surroundings were also submitted to the City of Tallinn in June, Kalm said.

The planning process began five years ago and it is hoped the city will approve the plans soon so construction can begin.

“We hope that some detailed plans will be approved soon and, optimistically, that they will be finalized by 2025. After that, we will announce the first developer tenders,” Kalm continued.

The large-scale development will not only depend on the connection to the extension of the tram line in the Oude Haven, which should be completed this year.

In addition to the tram line, the detailed plans also include provisions for new environmentally friendly bus connections to the area, Kalm said.

Vision for the development of Tallinn’s old city harbour. Source: Zaha Hadid Architects

Development Plan 2030 still on track

Zaha Hadid’s winning project, titled “Masterplan 2030,” has no major changes in terms of deadlines, Kalm added.

“Masterplan 2030+ is still in force,” he said.

“Development is an ongoing process. We hope to have our core infrastructure in place by then, and then we expect to have completed and/or started the development of urban and commercial real estate. Of course, this is a vast area with significant volume, so development also depends on market conditions,” Kalm said.

The second phase of the development plan involves the transformation of the Noordwijk into a mixed-use area, including new offices, a hotel, serviced apartments, IT-related business premises and commercial spaces.

The 2017 development plan also proposes to build a cable car connecting the cruise terminal with the Old Town.

The third phase will expand the traffic area around Terminal D, on reclaimed land. The southern area will include the construction of offices, shops and the first residential complexes.

The development plan recommends building a Tallinn Aquarium next to the new marina, in the southern part.

Recreational areas connecting the new area to Kadriorg are also planned. The southern area will also house a university campus and start-up offices.

In the fourth phase, the development of the Old City Harbour will be connected to the city centre.

In addition, expansion on reclaimed land from the sea will begin in the northeastern part of the development area, where the largest residential complex in the old port area will be built.

According to plans, the ground floors of these residential buildings will also feature shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as outdoor swimming pools and spas.

The Tallinn Old Town Harbour Development Plan for 2030 also includes a new Opera House, with two recommended locations: near the cruise terminal and on the northern edge of the Admiralty Basin.

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