Hiedanranta has served as a platform for development and cooperated with Tampere residents, companies, research facilities and other organisations. The aim is to create a Co2 negative Hiedanranta that produces more than it consumes. The district invests in sustainable transport and logistics, a smart energy system, the circular economy and a green and blue infrastructure. The resident is king: the aim of smart and sustainable solutions is to make the daily live of the people of Tampere easier.

Development Themes

There are several ongoing projects at Hiedanranta that aim at realising a functional and sustainable city district of the future. Get to know the topical development themes below.

Sustainable Transport and Logistics

The goal is that the Hiedanranta of the future will be reached primarily on public transport. Residents and companies are encouraged to sustainable transport. Electric car charging stations are an important part of the district’s smart grid. Shared use of cars, bikes and other means of transport are part of daily life at Hiedanranta. You can set sail on a ship or boat from the shore of Lake Näsijärvi. Sustainable delivery methods and air space will be used in the delivery of goods.

Utilising Zero Fibre

Zero fibre contains timber and wood fibre. It has accumulated at the bottom of Lake Näsijärvi in front of Hiedanranta as a result of previous industrial mill operations. In all, there are approximately 1.5 million cubic metres of zero fibre in the lake. Experiments related to the processing of zero fibre were initiated in summer 2017 and now, the opportunities for utilising zero fibre are currently being investigated. Dozens of cubic metres of fibre have been dredged for research purposes but the area as such has not yet been restored.

A Sustainable and Smart Energy System

The goal is to create a digital energy market of its own in Hiedanranta with a new kind of sustainable and smart energy business environment. The district’s energy production is based on renewable energy sources. When selecting production methods, the impacts of the energy system level will be taken into account. Comfortable indoor environments in buildings will be produced with open two-way electrical grids and heating and cooling networks.

Circular Economy

The district is a development and operating environment for experiments and companies in the circular economy. Current projects focus on industrial material streams, business models and urban nutrient cycles. Hiedanranta aims at a circular economy material stream model. Soiled ground, waste mass from the pulp and paper industry and building demolition waste will be utilised in the construction of the district as widely as is safely. The new construction of the district takes into account circular economy right from the planning. Less resources are used, materials and products are recycled and their value remains.

Photograph: Meri Lampinen

Green and Blue Infrastructure

At Hiedanranta, a green and blue infrastructure will be developed for the district and the blocks. Examples of this include green roofs, permeable surfaces, steering rainwater to the growth platforms of trees, urban farming and stormwater pools and streams. This complements, and in part replaces, the traditional grey infrastructure. Green and blue infrastructure solutions refresh residents, delay and clean stormwater, bind coal and offer a habitat for plants and animals. They increase biodiversity and mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The idea is to utilise nature’s own processes and to view water as a resource instead of a risk.


Photograph: Laura Vanzo/Visit Tampere

A diverse District Full of Experiences

The Evolving Hiedanranta has created lively urban spaces and culture since 2016 in the area, formed by people. Find your way of visiting, acting, participating and enjoying the area! The goal is to turn Hiedanranta into a safe residential area for happy people where residents and communities play an active role in the district’s development. The district is a hub of the creative industry and events. In the future, Hiedanranta may be internationally known as the world’s first circular economy district created together by companies and citizens. 

Photograph: Aliisa Piirla

A Smart District

The target is to transform Hiedanranta into a model district of a smart city. The current development work is related to both the solutions of a sustainable and smart city district and the planning and construction of the city district. Technological solutions must promote the well-being of residents, entrepreneurs and people using the services. The solutions must be safe, user-oriented, understandable and socially equal. They must promote the sustainability of the district, circular and sharing economy and joint development.