Take a first peek at designs for the city's waterfront Pier 8 park

City planners have released a batch of preview images highlighting six proposals for the promenade at Pier 8.
This rendering shows how the city envisions Pier 8. (City of Hamilton)

City planners have released a batch of preview images highlighting six proposals for the promenade at Pier 8.

They're also hosting a big reveal of the full proposals on Thursday, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Joey and Toby Pavilion at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, which is the glass pavilion space next to the sculpture garden.

After that, the images will be posted to the city's website for your perusal and comments. And they'll also be up in the Lister Block during Supercrawl.

The Promenade Park, as it's conceived, is part of an overall Pier 7 and 8 redesign the city is undertaking.

The red box shows the location of the Pier 8 Promenade Park. (City of Hamilton)

The city envisions it as a 30-metre-wide strip of public space along the north and east edges of Pier 8.

Hamilton planners see the development as an "accessible, inclusive, diverse and mixed-use waterfront district" and the park is "integral" in that.

"The waterfront in Hamilton is a once-in-a-generation opportunity," said Aidan Johnson, Ward 1 councillor, when the contest for the park was announced in April. "It has to be beautiful."

See the proposals

The city has enlisted a jury of architects, planners and art and design experts to judge the shortlisted design proposals. They judge based on the following criteria:

  • Design excellence.
  • Innovation.
  • Response to the vision and goals for the park.
  • Community opinions.

Here are previews from each of the six teams:

"Hamilton: Hammer City"

Team: Forrec Ltd. with CIMA+; exp Services Inc.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); Andrew Davies Public Art Consulting; and Altus.

A rendering shows the proposal for "Hamilton: Hammer City” by a team led by Forrec Ltd. (City of Hamilton)

"Pier 8 Escarpment Park"

Team: gh3 with Lightemotion; Applied Wayfinding; Moses Structural Engineers; Moon Matz; Fabian Papa and Partners; Brad Golden & Co.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); and BTY.

A rendering shows a proposal for "Pier 8 Escarpment Park" by a team led by gh3. (City of Hamilton)

"VIEW Hamilton: Past Present Future"

Team: Hargreaves Associates with Invizij Architects; MTE Consultants; Smart Watering Systems; Suzanne Powadiuk Design; Public Art Management (PAM); and A.W. Hooker Quantity Surveyors.

A rendering for a proposal called "VIEW Hamilton: Past Present Future" by Hargreaves Associates' team. (City of Hamilton)

"Cove"

Team: Janet Rosenberg & Studio with Teeple Architects; Ombrages-Eclairage Public; Dew; exp Services Inc.; Art Strategies Inc.; Smart Watering Systems; and Turner & Townsend.

A rendering for a proposal for Pier 8 called "Cove" by a team led by Janet Rosenberg. (City of Hamilton)

Proposal 5

By PFS Studio with OMC Landscape Architecture; Bortolotto; public art consultant Ciara McKeown; Ombrages-Eclairage Public; SLA; exp Services Inc.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); and Hanscomb.

A rendering shows a proposal by PFS Studio for a new park at Pier 8. (City of Hamilton)

"A Place to Breathe"

Team: The MBTW Group with PWL Partnership; RAW Design; AMEC Foster Wheeler; Kirkland Engineering Ltd.; Blackwell Structural Engineers; Brad Golden & Co.; Beaches Irrigation; and A.W. Hooker Quantity Surveyors.

A rendering shows a proposal for a Pier 8 park called "A Place to Breathe" by a team led by the MBTW Group. (City of Hamilton)

The city will announce the winning design in mid-September, with construction to begin next spring.

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