Nepean Point Redevelopment

A two-phase international design competition to redevelop Nepean Point will create a lively, 21st century green space, in the heart of the Capital. The winning design team and their concept will be announced in November 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Nepean Point is one of the most spectacular lookouts in Canada’s Capital, making it a key Capital destination. At the highest point of the site is a majestic statue of Samuel de Champlain, who explored the Ottawa River in 1613.

Nepean Point

Finalists chosen for Nepean Point design competition

The National Capital Commission is pleased to announce the finalists in the international design competition for the redevelopment of Nepean Point

About the redevelopment project

The Astrolabe Theatre structures at Nepean Point no longer meet universal accessibility standards, and are at the end of their life cycle. We now have great opportunities to achieve the following at this site:

  • new interpretation

  • innovative design

  • an improved landscape

  • enhanced public access

Our long-term vision for this area is to build multi-use recreational pathways connecting cultural institutions, the existing pathway network and green spaces, in order to create a continuous promenade from the Rideau Canal to Rideau Falls Park.

About the competition process

The NCC invited landscape architects, bridge designers, architects, urban designers and other related design professionals to form design teams to respond to the request for qualifications (RFQ) for the renewal project in January 2017.

As a result of this process, we selected, in May 2017, four finalists to proceed to the second stage of the competition, which will consist of preparing a proposal.

The finalists are as follows:

Teams were invited to respond to the RFQ. The information that was required from each team, as well as the evaluation criteria for the proposals, can be found on Buy and Sell Canada.

A maximum of four eligible teams were selected to participate in the second stage of the competition.

The RFQ for the Nepean Point redevelopment project closed on March 31, 2017.

This stage will entail the preparation of a design proposal. Each finalist selected must submit a proposal that includes the following:

  • an overall design concept

  • a development plan for the entire site

  • a detailed design for Nepean Point

  • a design of a pedestrian bridge linking Major’s Hill Park and Nepean Point

  • a gathering place for events and programming

  • various other facilities

The deadline for the submission of final proposals is September 20, 2017.  

The NCC will host a public exhibition and open house of the finalists’ designs on October 5, 2017.

The first phase of construction is planned for 2019-2020.