Nepean Point Redevelopment

A two-stage 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. The first phase of construction is planned for 2019–2020.  

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.

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 an extraordinary opportunity 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

In January 2017, 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.

As a result of this process, in May 2017, we selected four finalists to proceed to the second stage of the competition:

Nogoshkodadwin Park

Team Asselin (WAA Montréal, Tectoo Architects, Milan Ingegneria)

Bluff Point

Team Geuze (West 8, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects, Fotenn)

Big River Landscape

Team Rosenberg (Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Patkau Architects, Blackwell Structural Engineers, ERA Architects Inc.)

Nepean Point — A Park for Our Nation in Progress

Team Ryan (PUBLIC WORK, KPMB Architects, Blackwell Structural Engineers, John Beaucage)

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 entails the preparation of a design proposal. Each finalist 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 was September 20, 2017.  

The proposals will be reviewed by an independent jury, which will then recommend a proposal to the NCC Board of Directors in 2018.