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Construction of the new daycare centre in Palosaari will start in the spring of 2024

Published: 25.10.2023

The new bilingual daycare centre in Palosaari will be renovated on the site of the former Palosaari school. According to the preliminary plan, the work will start in spring 2024 and the building will be ready for use in August 2025.

The new Palosaari daycare centre will have facilities for seven groups with a total of 130 places. The bilingual daycare centre is designed for children between the ages of 0 and 6.

According to the project’s estimated timetable, building work will start in the spring of 2024. The old school building in Palosaari is currently empty.

– Provided there are no complaints or other unexpected delays, children will be able to move into the new daycare centre in August 2025, says Hanna-Leena Holmström, Director of Early Childhood Education and Care.

The old daycare will be demolished

All the groups from the existing Palosaari daycare centre, Kaptensgatans daghem, and Vikinga förskolan will move to the new premises.

The existing Palosaari daycare building, built in 1973, would require extensive and expensive renovation in the next few years, so it was decided to demolish the building and move the activities to the former school premises.

A cycle path and fenced sports field in the yard

The interior will be renovated to provide space for seven groups of children, respecting the old building but with the best possible functionality.

– For example, the old gymnasium will remain available for the use of the groups, and the personnel will have adequate working premises, says Holmström.

The design of the yard also aims to incorporate both the cultural environment and functionality. The goal is to save the old trees in the yard.

– The yard is large enough to accommodate seven groups of children. Plans include an asphalted cycle track and a fenced sports field, which will also be used by residents in the surrounding area in the evening, says Holmström.