Major renovation of Espoonlahti Church completed
A major refurbishment of Espoonlahti Church has been completed. The renovation project lasted more than a year and concerned the entire building. In addition to the distinctive church roof, all windows and technical installations were replaced.
Espoonlahti Church has been given a new lease of life: the old church roof, its supporting structures and external walls have all been renovated. The refurbished exterior is crowned by shiny new copper plates covering 1,800 square metres.
In the course of the extensive renovation, all facilities were modernised to meet the needs of modern social spaces and work environments. In addition, a new ventilation system was installed, accessibility improved, offices renovated and a new catering kitchen built for the church.
The renovation costs totalled approximately EUR 5.8 million. The project was implemented by Consti Renovation Contracting.
“Even though the external surfaces of the church look brand new, we renovated the building respecting and conserving the old and existing elements,” says Juha Varis, construction manager at Consti.
Project management was a collaborative effort: from the start, all parties were committed to shared objectives, including financial targets. This approach is particularly suitable for demanding renovation projects.
Guaranteeing a healthy and safe environment through refurbishment
At Espoonlahti Church, the main renovation challenges concerned the complex and architecturally unique roof structure.
“Constructions as demanding and laborious as these are rare in renovation projects,” Varis says.
The client, the Espoo Parish Union, is very happy with the result.
“The renovation has been a success and has created a healthy and safe environment for parish employees and churchgoers alike. Our facilities underwent major functional changes, and this has made the church much more usable,” says Taito Pajari, an engineer responsible for the maintenance of parish premises at the Espoo Parish Union.
Espoonlahti Church was built in 1980 and has become an important element of the cityscape. In terms of its external and internal architecture, the church is comparable to a listed building. It was closed in the spring of 2015 due to damage discovered in the roof structures. The church was designed by the Finnish architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, who also designed the well-known Temppeliaukio Rock Church in Helsinki.