Some 70 per cent of Finns live in cities or on the outskirts of cities. One effect of urbanisation is a growing need for business premises and retail services. To meet this demand, Sponda offers business premises in Finland’s largest growth centres, the central areas of Helsinki and Tampere.
Proportion of the Finnish population living in urban areas, trends in 1980–2040
As properties account for as much as 40 per cent of global energy consumption, the built environment plays a significant role in managing climate change. The energy efficiency requirements on properties require continuous development of operations and close co-operation between the property owner, the users of the property, and maintenance partners.
The electricity consumption of properties owned by Sponda in Finland decreased by 4 per cent in 2014.
Work is performed in a variety of locations, not just the personal workstation. In the future, the significance of offices and workspaces as social meeting places will increase.
Multispace offices create a greater sense of cohesion in workplaces.
Online commerce is growing rapidly in Finland. The digitalisation of retail presents new challenges and opportunities to brick-and-mortar shops and shopping centres.
Online retailing grew by nearly 9 per cent in Finland in 2013.