Monday, August 27, 2018

What’s going on with the construction at City Hall?

If you’ve been around City Hall or Timms Community Centre, you’ll have noticed that there is construction going on around the old front entrance. When the new community centre opened at the beginning of 2016, the old entrance was closed. This created an underutilized space in front of City Hall.

Rendering of new City Hall terrace and public space. Select image to enlarge.

One of the big pushes from council is to create safe and inviting public spaces. With that in mind, the old entrance plaza is in the process of being converted into a terrace that will be accessible via the community centre.

The terrace itself will feature oversized planters, and movable tables and chairs. It will also be screened from the street with trees and plantings, a mini-oasis at City Hall. The area will be secured by sturdy and decorative fencing.

Plan for new City Hall terrace. Select image to enlarge.

From the street-side, the public realm will be enhanced with more plantings and a seat wall where people can enjoy their lunch.

Because we have many grey days, there will also be up-lighting for the trees and sign to provide much needed colour and brightness during the winter months.

Walking and accessible access along 204 Street near City Hall. Select image to enlarge. 
Walking and accessible access along Douglas Crescent near City Hall. Select image to enlarge.

One of the important considerations during construction projects is to ensure that accessible access is maintained. While there was an initial gap when construction started, I am happy to report that full accessible and walking access is being provided during the construction period.

1 comment:

Sonja Reimer said...

Thank you for the update on the new construction. I appreciate the information