We develop new premises and renovate old buildings for our clients according to their specifications. These measures aim to optimise our clients’ operations, reduce rental costs and promote the overall interest of the state. The investments are based on the user requirements, life cycle costs and functionality.
We have versatile construction projects under way each year, such as prisons, law courts and police stations, research institutes, cultural-historical properties and government agencies' co-working space projects.
The main investment focus is on improving work environments and space efficiency
The focus of our investments in recent years has been on renovation and basic improvements and on the development of work environments, which have accounted for around 70% of investments. In line with central government policies, the goal is to always primarily utilise the existing building stock rather than new development. Besides this, we also utilise vacant facilities available on the private market.
We take environmental aspects into account in many ways also during design and construction work. The particular focus is on actions to improve energy efficiency. Carbon footprint calculation has been mandatory since 2020 in all our new development projects. Construction work also emphasises material and carbon efficiency as well as circular economy goals. Finland’s carbon neutrality goals also drive Senate Properties’ operations.
We invest around EUR 300 million a year in our clients’ premises and have more than 100 construction projects underway each year. Parliament decides Senate Properties’ maximum annual amount of investments. As an unincorporated State enterprise, Senate Properties finances its activities itself and receives no contribution from the Budget. Investments aimed at clients are financed through rents, the sale of properties and services, and through borrowing.
Government rents are based on the gross rent model, which means that investments aimed at clients affect rents and the agency must have sufficient appropriations for facilities costs before starting investments.
You can find out more details about investments in our Corporate social responsibility report.
For more information, please contact: Jonni Laitto, Director, Construction Management, tel. +358 50 533 7025.
Construction management guidelines
Coherent ways of working and operating models with our partners are part of our quality management. The key guidelines to be complied with in our construction projects can be found in the project document management environment (BEM).
Information technology design guidelines for Senate Properties’ construction projects have been compiled into design guidelines.
– the CAD guideline defines the technical aspects of the content of the drawing, text and table files and databases produced by the architectural, structural, electrical, HVACA and other design fields.
– The guidelines for handing over the documents apply to delivery of the final documents of the construction work to the customer in manual format on paper and as data on a memory stick. Information on further instructions is available from the project manager at Senate Properties.
Our data modelling contact person at Senate Properties is Juho Malmi, data modelling specialist, tel. +358 40 647 6608.
BEM is the electronic cooperation and document management environment for Senate Properties’ construction activities. The service brings together in one place all the electronic documentation of construction activities for each building and project. The BEM guidelines also contain instructions related to the project bank.
Our BEM contact person at Senate Properties is Kari Alatalo, project manager, tel. +358 40 534 5531.
The material bank also contains occupational safety and worksite board guidelines and models.
Prevention of financial offences
All responsible organisations in the construction and property sector want to take part in efforts to find measures to prevent financial offences. The efforts concern the reputation of the entire industry as well as that of individual companies. This is not only about the financial aspects but also about the elements concerning quality and safety.
- We require all contractors to supply information as described in the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out.
- We collaborate with the authorities.
- We require contractors to have a RALA certification or similar.
- We require contractual penalties to be paid for the use of chains of subcontractors and other breaches of contract.
- We require contractors to join the Tilaajavastuu.fi service.
- Every site must have an electronic access control system.
We have drawn up an action plan for the prevention of financial crimes, which, for example, poses requirements to the contractors concerning professional qualifications that are stricter than those specified in law and which limits the number of subcontractors in a project. Senate’s instructions concerning the prevention of financial crimes cover construction and maintenance projects, service purchases and maintenance operations.