The old factory area of Lielahti, situated a few kilometres west of the city center, was purchased by the City of Tampere for EUR 26 million. In addition to factory facilities and a mansion, the transaction covered 90 hectares of land and more than 1,000 hectares of water area in Näsijärvi.
The woodworking factory area, which once operated in Lielahti, is now a quiet place. The area looks like a desolate factory area, some operations here and there, cleaning and demolition work. Partly rundown buildings of different ages, but also beautiful, old red-brick factory walls typical to Tampere. The area also has a wonderful, large, empty mansion.
The aim is to make the area available for the people of Tampere, which is why the current process is to plan what to build in the area in the next decades and for what sort of use the remaining buildings should be renovated.
Lielahti is a beautiful area in the southern part of Näsijärvi, but under its surface lie many memories of the woodworking industry. The cove is full of so-called flour, i.e. wood material that has not been needed for production. It prevents the full use of the water area as it is.
The reuse of said flour is currently under investigation. In addition, the question of whether the cove could be transformed into islands or spits in order to fulfil dreams of living by a lake, close to the centre of a large city, is under investigation. The railway will run next to the area, which would enable the residents to access the city centre in minutes.
The life of Lielahti as mansion grounds began in 1682, when its deserted farms were connected. In 1872, the main estate was purchased by businessman Wilhelm von Nottbeck. In 1914, J.W. Enqvist Oy constructed a pulp factory in the cowshed of the mansion, which marks the beginning of the area’s woodworking history.