Hemsö, a Swedish property owner specialising in public use facilities, has undertaken the development of a new healthcare centre dedicated to substance abuse care in Tallbacken, Turku, Finland.  

The company announced an investment of €15m ($16m) for the development of this facility.  

Hemsö has signed a 20-year lease agreement with the Wellbeing Services County of Southwest Finland Varha. 

The effort will result in a 4,300m² centre designed to consolidate Turku’s scattered social services into a single location, Hemsö stated.  

The new two-storey building will house various units, each featuring its own entrance, and spaces that can be isolated as per the healthcare, privacy and safety requirements of the patients.  

As the construction company tasked with the project, Skanska is expected to commence work on the new facility later in summer this year, with the facility’s doors anticipated to open towards the end of 2025.  

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The building is set to achieve an energy class A rating and Hemsö aims to have it certified to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent standards, reflecting the company’s dedication to sustainability. 

Hemsö Finland project manager Kirsi Viheriäranta said: “Varha is Hemsö’s fourth largest tenant and the largest tenant in Finland. We are pleased to further expand our long-term cooperation. During the planning phase of the new healthcare centre, we involved both patients and representatives from the various units.  

“We captured needs and challenges in the daily operations to ensure that we create synergies between the units. The new premises support multidisciplinary collaboration along each patient’s care path. The rooms are designed so that they can be adapted to supported housing at different levels.” 

The new centre is part of Hemsö’s broader commitment to the Turku region, where it owns 80,000m² of social and healthcare properties.