West Harbour Key Project - Pier 8 Promenade Park

Pier 8 Promenade Park Rendering

The City of Hamilton is creating a promenade park on Pier 8 where visitors will enjoy access to the water’s edge. The promenade park, approximately 30 metres wide along the north and east edges of Pier 8, will be a vibrant space for a variety of activities and waterfront amenities.

This unique opportunity to shape Hamilton’s West Harbour waterfront calls for a unique design process. In order to create an innovative park that reflects the community’s vision for the waterfront, the City of Hamilton will host a design competition. Prominent designers and landscape architects will compete to have their interpretation of the community’s vision selected as the final design for the promenade park.

Limited Design Competition for Promenade Park

The design vision, objectives and programmatic options for Pier 8 Promenade Park were included in the Pier 7 + 8 Urban Design Study and approved by Council in 2016.

City staff presented an overview of the design competition process and a summary of the design vision, objectives and programmatic options for Pier 8 Promenade Park to the West Harbour Development Sub-Committee on Monday, April 3, 2017:

Design teams

Six design teams have been selected to participate in the Pier 8 Promenade Park Design Competition.

Design teams were selected based on:

  • the team’s experience in design and construction of waterfront public spaces or urban plazas
  • awards won for past projects
  • team members’ education and qualifications in their areas of expertise
  • the firm’s ability to successfully administrate the construction of the park
  • familiarity with the local community

The participating design teams are:

  • The MBTW Group is a multi-disciplinary landscape architecture, urban design and community planning firm located in Toronto that has been in business for over 40 years. Other team members include: PWL Partnership; RAW Design; AMEC Foster Wheeler; Kirkland Engineering Ltd.; Blackwell Structural Engineers; Brad Golden & Co.; Beaches Irrigation; and A.W. Hooker Quantity Surveyors.
  • Hargreaves Associates is a landscape architecture firm based in San Francisco, California, that has been in business for over 30 years. Other team members include: Invizij Architects; MTE Consultants; Smart Watering Systems; Suzanne Powadiuk Design; Public Art Management (PAM); and A.W. Hooker Quantity Surveyors.
  • Janet Rosenberg & Studio is a landscape architecture and urban design studio with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. Other team members include: Teeple Architects; Ombrages-Eclairage Public; Dew; exp Services Inc.; Art Strategies Inc.; Smart Watering Systems; and Turner & Townsend.
  • Forrec Ltd. is an entertainment design company based in Toronto comprised of specialists in the fields of creative arts, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and graphics. The firm’s landscape architecture studio was established in 2004. Other team members include: CIMA+; exp Services Inc.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); Andrew Davies Public Art Consulting; and Altus.
  • PFS Studio is a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm based in Vancouver and has been in business for over 30 years. Other team members include: OMC Landscape Architecture; Bortolotto; public art consultant Ciara McKeown; Ombrages-Eclairage Public; SLA; exp Services Inc.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); and Hanscomb.
  • gh3 is a Toronto based firm formed in 2005 comprised of landscape architects, architects and designers. Other team members include: Lightemotion; Applied Wayfinding; Moses Structural Engineers; Moon Matz; Fabian Papa Partners; Brad Golden & Co.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); and BTY.


Project timeline

April 4 to 27, 2017: Design Competition for Pier 8 Promenade Park launched and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) open to design community

April 20, 2017: Public meeting to review the park vision, objectives and elements

May 22 to August 3, 2017: Request for Proposals (RFP) open to shortlisted design competition participants

Week of August 7, 2017: Staff review submitted design proposals for technical feasibility

Week of August 14 to September 4, 2017: Design proposals are publicly presented at a public meeting and open for public comment online

Week of September 4, 2017: Jury reviews design proposals and public comments to determine competition winner

Week of September 11, 2017: Winning design is announced

Mid-September 2017 until late January 2018: Detailed design and tender documents are prepared

February 2018: Project is released to tender

Spring 2018: Construction on the park begins

Spring 2019: Construction of the park expected to be complete