Are to provide technical system package for Tampere Rantatunneli tunnel project

On 22 October 2014, Are and the Rantatunneli Alliance concluded an agreement regarding the provision of technical systems for the Tampere Rantatunneli tunnel, which is under construction for Highway 12. 


The contract comprises the provision of a comprehensive package of HEPAC, sprinkler, automation and traffic control systems. The value of the contract is approximately EUR 20 million.


“The main reason for selecting Are as our contractual partner in building services was the company’s status as a major operator and highly competent partner.A strong desire to co-operate and technical competence are vital in such a major project.An alliance is a contract model in which different parties work together to take matters forward, so it is important that the project progresses on schedule.Therefore, co-operation must be effective and efficient,” says Esko Mulari, the Rantatunneli Alliance Project Manager from Lemminkäinen Infra Oy, which is a part of the alliance.


“Another important reason for the choice was that Are is a local operator, although it also has operations across Finland,” Mulari says.


“The Rantatunneli contract is a very substantial contract for Are. In terms of value, it is our largest ever individual contract, although the individual contracts of the West Metro project do have a greater combined value.We estimate that the various stages of this contract will employ between 40 and 70 employees in the Tampere region,” says Jarmo Liimatainen, Business Area Director for Central Finland in Are’s Building Services Contracting.


“The management of sub-projects and the coordination of timetables is especially important in a major project such as this.When all the building services are managed by a single operator, dialogue is effortless,” Liimatainen says.


Once completed, Highway 12’s Rantatunneli will be Finland’s longest highway tunnel.It will consist of two separate vehicle tunnels, each measuring 2.3 km, and the traffic arrangements for the road and street junctions and interchanges. This is Finland’s busiest section of highway outside the Helsinki metropolitan area, and the project will open up new opportunities for developing central Tampere.


The preparation work for the project will be started at the end of this year. The actual installation work will be commenced in February 2015, and will be completed in April 2016, after which the test runs of the tunnel will begin. The tunnel will be opened to traffic in the spring of 2017.


Are is a major building services company in Finland and also in the Pirkanmaa area.Are’s business location in Tampere employs around 230 experts in electricity, plumbing, ventilation and security, for example.Are employs 2,800 building services professionals and is Finland’s largest building services sector company.


For additional information, please contact:



Jarmo Liimatainen, Business Area Director, Building Services Contracting, Central Finland, tel. +358 (0)400 426 095,


Rantatunneli Alliance

Esko Mulari, Project Manager, Rantatunneli Alliance, tel. +358 (0)40 040 6723,

Risto Kupila, Member of Executive Team, Rantatunneli Alliance, tel. +358 (0)40 585 3077,

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