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‘Back to the River’ design competition, London, Canada

Friday 20 Nov 2015
 

London, Ontario connects to the Thames

 
‘Back to the River’ design competition by CIVITAS in London, Canada
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‘Back to the River’ design competition by CIVITAS in London, Canada
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Civitas and Stantec win ‘Back to the River’ design competition in London, Ontario 

Denver-based landscape architecture and urban design firm Civitas, in collaboration with Canadian planning, design and engineering firm Stantec Consulting, has been announced winner of London, Ontario’s ‘Back to the River’ design competition. “This is a transformational, game-changing, city-building initiative,” says London, Ontario’s Mayor Matt Brown. “It’s about reconnecting to an asset we have at the heart of downtown. Now we can focus on execution and do this right.”

The city presented the competition as an international search for designs that would strike a balance between environmental sustainability, economic development and community/recreational space. Titled ‘The Ribbon of the Thames,’ the winning design from the Civitas and Stantec team features renewed access for a 5km stretch of the Thames River radiating from central forks at the heart of London and stressing active four-season engagement and revitalized natural habitat.

“The Thames is such a beautiful river; however, you can’t really access it,” says Civitas landscape architect Heath Mizer. “It was clear early in the design process that we need to provide a setting at the river’s edge for people to experience the beauty of the Thames as a priority in phase one of the 20-year river corridor plan.”

In addition to Civitas and Stantec, the design team for the project includes Montgomery Sisam Architects, Blackwell Bowick Engineering, Two Twelve, Mike Baker and Tillet Lighting Design. The team will be awarded a design contract with the City of London for an inaugural project at the Forks of the Thames.

“The Forks is the historical birthplace of London, so what better place to reconnect downtown with the Thames and celebrate its heritage? A variety of spatial experiences will accommodate large events and also provide comfortable daily encounters for the people who live and work in London,” explains Mizer. “Our design will become a civic destination where Londoners can engage with their river again.”

The Back to the River competition was narrowed to a shortlist of five teams in July, with presentations submitted before a selection panel of judges in October and the Civitas/Stantec team announced as winner on November 2, 2015. Civitas is known for creating such successful completed waterfront projects as the Port of San Diego’s North Embarcadero and Calgary, Alberta’s recently opened St. Patrick’s Island.

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Nick Myall

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Client the City of London, Canada
Status On Going
Value (m€)
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