The design guidelines for the new bridge pay careful attention to the history and unique setting of the existing Alexandra Bridge. They aim to ensure that crossing the new bridge remains a visually breathtaking experience that takes those who pause and look on a journey through the natural and cultural landscape of Canada’s Capital Region.
- The design of the new bridge must preserve the visual integrity and symbolic importance of national treasures, through the protection and enhancement of views toward Parliament Hill and the Parliament Buildings.
- Through opportunities that could come with the construction of a new bridge, there may be a possibility to create new views of the national treasures, the river and surrounding green spaces.
- The visual integrity of the cultural landscape will be preserved by ensuring that the new bridge is in visual harmony with the urban and natural environment. This visual harmony will be demonstrated in the way that the new bridge fits with the urban fabric, as well as through its scale and the materials used to build it.
- The Ottawa River is strongly linked to the Algonquin Nation, on whose traditional territory the new bridge will be constructed. Opportunities will be provided for the Algonquin Nation to be involved in the design of the new bridge to celebrate their culture, address their needs as users, and ensure the protection of water quality and fish habitat. Canada’s Capital Region is also home to Indigenous peoples from all parts of Canada, who will also have an opportunity to be involved in the design process.
- The design of the new bridge will be aimed at preserving and celebrating the history of the current Alexandra Bridge, recognized worldwide for its innovative, early 20th century design. This commemorative aspect will be highlighted through the architecture and exceptional, world-class design of the new bridge.
- The new bridge will allow for the installation of interpretive elements along the pedestrian route. The integration of recovered stone from the current bridge into the landscape of the bridge approaches could contribute to the sense of place.