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December 6, 2023, 3:53 pm

City of Nelson's Hall Street Pier Recognized By National Award

City of Nelson
NELSON -  The City of Nelson is proud to announce that the Hall Street Pier project has received an 'Award of Excellence' from Canadian Architect Magazine - the pre-eminent publication and voice for architecture and design in Canada. Since 1967, the magazine's annual national awards program has recognized excellence in projects from across the country in the design and construction phase of work.

On target to be completed this Spring, the pier will be a notable destination and prominent landmark at the end of the Hall Street corridor, bolstering the City's vision to connect Baker Street and Hall Street to the waterfront. The pier will be a four-season, day and night, attraction for locals and tourists alike. It proudly showcases Nelson's heritage (with the Ladybird speedboat on permanent display), celebrates our culture of wood, and offers a range of useable amenity spaces (including a swimming area). Currently under construction is the impressive canopy structure that forms an integral part of the pier. The canopy is a beacon, visible from the water and downtown. It provides a zone for sheltered activity and supports four-season amenities, including large events (such as weddings), seasonal markets, and performances. 

"The Hall Street Pier project symbolizes the spirit of our community, blending innovation with heritage and creating a space where residents and visitors can come together to celebrate the beauty of Nelson,” says Mayor Janice Morrison. "This award is a testament to our commitment to creating a vibrant and inclusive city that treasures its past while embracing the future."

The Awards Program Jury applauded the design as a key investment in building critical community infrastructure for all walks of life and the vision of making Nelson's waterfront an important part of everyday public life.

"The design articulation of how a shared and undervalued community asset has a voice through architectural exploration is so important. In this case, the cut-out pier designed to allow safe swimming—coupled with a series of open and community-responsive spaces including a shaded portal, porches and paths—will create an appropriately scaled, but powerful lakeside public space." — Claire Weisz, Juror.

"I have always enjoyed the romance of walking out on a pier and experiencing that incredible interface between land and water. This project takes the pier typology to a new level, and the architecture allows you to imagine a much wider range of activities on both land and water than what is usually supported by a public pier. The swimming enclosure is particularly wonderful, but the range of events and daily activities imagined and supported by the pier's architecture is also fantastic. Nelson will be so lucky to have this amazing public amenity." – Michael Heeney, Juror

Receiving the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence is an honour. It is a worthy recognition for a project whose value to the community has also been acknowledged through substantial grants from the Columbia Basin Trust and the Government of British Columbia. 

The City of Nelson looks forward to hosting a public ribbon-cutting ceremony at the pier in Spring 2024. You can follow along with Project Updates by signing up for NotifyMe – City Project Gallery at nelson.ca/notifyme.

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