Estonian Minister of the Environment Marko Pomerants wants to move the Ministry of the Environment and its subordinate institutions into a single wooden, nearly zero-energy environmental building together, the construction of which would cost approximately €29 million.
Pomerants is planning on forwarding a proposal to the Cabinet according to which the building would be a reference building of Estonia's timber industry, which would help increase Esstonia's export capability. The building could also become a icon of the country both in Estonia and abroad.
Estonian producers and engineers are already capable of creating striking solutions, such as a 14-story wooden building in Norway, but there are no buildings in Estonia that worthily showcase the capabilities of Estonia's timber industry. Thus far, no large wooden office buildings have been constructed in Estonia.
The ministry as well as its Tallinn and Harju County structural units, for instance the Environment Agency, the Environmental Board and the Environmental Inspectorate would all move into the building, which would house a total of 560 jobs.
The new building would have a floor area of nearly 10,000 square meters; an additional administrative and parking building with a floor area of approximately 6,000 square meters would also be built.
According to Pomerants, a design competition would be launched this year, which would allow for construction to take place from 2019-2020 and the building to be opened at the beginning of 2021.
Editor: Aili Vahtla