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Renovated Vana-Kalamaja Street to be reopened

Renovated Vana-Kalamaja Street to be reopened

The reconstruction works on Vana-Kalamaja Street in Põhja-Tallinn are approaching completion. The project resulted in a high-quality urban space that ensures safe and comfortable travel for people, with a focus on promoting walking and cycling. The renovated street will be opened during a street festival, which takes place from 1-3 September. The regular route of bus line number 3 will resume on 1 September and the street will reopen to car traffic on the evening of 3 September.

According to Tallinn Deputy Mayor Vladimir Svet, the unique aspect of the Vana-Kalamaja Street reconstruction project was that the new urban space solution was found through an architectural competition. “This enabled the street to acquire a truly distinctive design and landscape architecture, in addition to being reconstructed,” said Svet. “We hope that the new Kalamaja main street will introduce fresh urban spatial experiences to the local residents and contribute to the area’s entrepreneurial development.”
The reconstructed street links Kalamaja with the Old Town. The renovated area begins from the Toompuiestee end of Nunne tänav, runs through Vana-Kalamaja tänav and concludes at Suur-Patarei tänav. There is also a newly constructed square at Balti Jaam and a new square in front of the Gustav Adolf Grammar School primary school building. At Balti Jaam, pedestrians have been brought above ground from the old underground tunnel.

The Põhja-Tallinn Administration will be organising a street festival on the renovated Vana-Kalamaja Street from 1-3 September. The event includes concerts, guided tours, children’s shows and various other activities for city residents of all ages. You can find the event schedule on Facebook

The Vana-Kalamaja urban space was renovated based on the winning design from a 2017 architecture competition. The winning entry, entitled ‘Growth Stage’, was created by architects Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil and Kristel Niisuke from the architectural firm Kavakava OÜ. The street was renovated by Tallinna Teede AS. The overall cost of the project, including the works carried out by AS Tallinna Vesi, amounted to 9.7 million euros, including VAT.