Westmount City Hall restoration project receives award

The restoration of the Westmount City Hall building envelope, currently underway, was recognized in three categories of the 15th Grands prix du design, including a Gold Certification.

Under the Architecture discipline, the project received:

    • Bronze Certification (Public Building / Institutional Building category)
    • Silver Certification (Special Award / Architecture + Heritage Enhancement)
    • Gold Certification (Special Award / Architecture + Renovation)

Projects awarded Gold Certification become finalists and are eligible for further prize categories; those winners will be announced in September and October 2022.

This recognition for the firm Nadeau Blondin Lortie architectes inc., which was mandated to carry out the work, takes into consideration the respect of the original techniques and materials, the quality of the architectural design, the preservation of original elements, the intervention methods and the quality of the final work.

Since 2007, the Grands prix du design celebrate the work of Quebec creators who enhance the quality of our lives and of the built environment, as well as their public and private clients. The contest fosters appreciation of quality design and provides visibility to professional firms in several disciplines. In 2020, the contest was expanded to include a greater number of disciplines, and was opened to applicants from rest of Canada and the world. The jury is composed of internationally-recognized professionals representing numerous countries and disciplines.

Designed by architects Robert and Frank Findlay, this 100-year-old building — declared a national historic site in 2009 — presented several renovation challenges, including budgetary constraints, logistics, and the compatibility of materials used with those already in place.

Phase three of the project — replacing of windows and doors — is scheduled to be completed in early summer of 2023. The fourth and final phase, which includes the landscaping around City Hall, will be carried out in the fall of 2023 and the spring of 2024.

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