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Niagara Biennial Award Winner 2022
Outstanding Achievement in the Visionary Design Category
City of Thorold
H.T. Lam, OALA, CSLA
Matthew Brooks, P.Eng.
Kevin Butt, B.Sc. (Env.) Rest Cert, TRAQ
This Master Plan seeks to provide sensory and educational experiences, while protecting and enhancing the natural heritage ecological system within the Welland River and Canal wetlands.
The existing bridge, a community hub since the 1930s, will be replaced with a community-focused pedestrian bridge that will support a variety of uses including picnics, fishing, wildlife observation, and cycling.
Access to the river for kayaking and canoeing will be enhanced via facilities such as parking, a trail connection, and accessible launch ramp. Ecological and habitat enhancements include a barn swallow nesting structure, several turtle nesting beaches, bat boxes, and wetland features to support the ecosystem.
This project was awarded a Niagara Biennial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visionary Design Category by the Regional Municipality of Niagara in 2023. For detailed information on the award please visit the following links:
The Jury appreciated the blending of ecology focused design with the re-imagining of a cultural heritage landmark. As well, the efforts to design for species at risk while contributing community amenities is praised. The potential to transform the bridge into a community space offers tremendous opportunity to create a sense of place. To develop this potential, the Jury encourages the City of Thorold to hold a design competition to consider innovative uses of the bridge to involve community.Niagara Biennial Award Jury