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Maintenance of built heritage

Pori

Detailed description of the Good Practice

RENOVATION CENTRE TOIVO
The Centre was located in a badly dilapitated wooden house in the centre of Pori in care of Satakunta Museum. Renovation of the three residential buildings and one outbuilding started immediately. The first facilities of the Centre opened to the public already in spring 1996.

Renovation Centre Toivo provides services such as:

  • an informative exhibition on the use of renovation methods and materials suitable for old environments and related guidance,
  • small-scale retailing of renovation materials,
  • maintenance of a network and databank of builders knowledgeable about restoration.
  • organization of educational activities for the public, and
  • education and interesting experiences to children in museum facilities furnished in the style of 1951.
  • wooden house of the Centre has become a favourite destination of cultural especially in summer.
  • The Centre is also involved in the recycling of used building components through its spare parts bank -
  • preserving the authentic wooden house milieu which has been renovated only with materials similar to the old ones or with old materials.

THE MAINTENANCE PROJECT OF THE BUILT HERITAGE IN SATAKUNTA
The project was implemented by Satakunta Museum in cooperation with the Pori Unit of Tampere Univer-sity of Technology and the museum’s own Renovation Centre Toivo.

The most obvious activities of the Maintenance Project of the Built Heritage in Satakunta have been:

  • the renovation of 100 buildings and built environments of cultural-historical importance
  • organizing education for the public and construction sector entrepreneurs in order to improve renovation methods.
  • providing interesting experiences: people are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the right renovation methods and materials in an authentic wooden house environment
  • informing the people, spreading know-how
  • Activities specially targeted to children is one of the ways in which the Renovation Centre Toivo contributes to the reduction of social inequality and the creation of better living environments in the future.
  • Toivo has been able to employ young unemployed people with no vocational training as well as long-term unemployed adults

  • restauration
  • building
  • maintenance of old buildings

Objectives of the Good Practice

Timeframe:
The Renovation Centre Toivo project started in 1995
The Maintenance Project of the Built Heritage in Satakunta was implemented in 1998–2000

Objectives:
The common goal of Renovation Centre Toivo and the Maintenance Project of the Built Heritage in Satakunta has been to improve the quality of the built environment, especially by disseminating information about traditional construction to the public.
A concrete aim of both the Renovation Centre Toivo and the Maintenance Project of the Built Heritage in Satakunta was promoting people’s awareness and use of traditional building procedures and ecologically sustainable building materials and methods.
Another central goal was to arouse interest among ordinary property owners towards maintaining their facilities by methods applied in restoration.

Participants of the Good Practice

Architects, researchers and construction engineers of the project worked in close cooperation with the participating property owners

In implementation of the maintenance project Satakunta Museum worked in cooperation with the Pori Unit of Tampere Univer-sity of Technology and the museum’s own Renovation Centre Toivo.

Target group of the Good Practice

  • citizens, who are interested in building and traditional methods
  • children
  • tourists
  • unemployed young people and adults
  • certain professions: architects, engineers etc.

Funding of the Good Practice

Renovation Centre Toivo: partly funded by EU, partly by the City of Pori

Maintenance Project of the Built Heritage in Satakunta: the total project budget came to FIM 14.8 million funded by the Ministry of Education (funds earmarked for the development of declined industrial)

More Details of the Good Practice

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Contact details

Liisa Nummelin
liisa.nummelin@satakunnanmuseo.inet.fi
Satakunnan Museo
Varvinkatu 19
28100 Pori
Tel: +358 2 621 1018
Fax: +358 2 621 1039

Data sources and references

UBC Environmental Award Application 2001