The Grand Quay, located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal’s Old Port, is the first point of contact with the city for cruise passengers. Pedestrians can stroll along the landscaped esplanade, Promenade d’Iberville, which features an extensive wooden terrace and over 30,000 plants. The completely wooden staircase has wide steps and provides access to the upper pathway made of fire-resistant red cedar.
The pedestrian path completes the network of public space, creating ties to the city, the port and the river. More than ever, access to the site is exceptionally facilitated for pedestrians, public transport and cyclists.
“We wanted to create a space that emphasizes the richness of the site while also providing a park, a place to relax, and a space that people could make their own.” - Sonia Gagne, Partner and Architect at Provencher Roy.
Previously the Alexandra Pier, the firm transformed the site into a cruise terminal with amazing architectural quality. As passenger numbers have risen since 2007, more people visited the site and not only to board the cruise ships.
The goal was to renovate the Port of Montreal with modern facilities and to welcome cruise passengers with a worthy first impression. Work will resume with Phase II, calling for the erection of an observation tower which is set to begin in 2021. Additionally, a 16 metres high sculpture will be installed in Commencement Square in honour of three pioneering Montreal women, evoking the Port’s rich industrial heritage.
Provencher Roy is a multidisciplinary firm in Canada and brings over 300 professionals together.
Client: Port de Montréal
Surface Area: 38 000 m2
Electromechanics: Pageau Morel et associés
Civil Engineering: WSP Group
Maritime Infrastructure: WSP Group
Landscaping: NIP Paysage
Interior Design: Provencher_Roy Design intérieur