The empty 3.5-hectare site forms part of the Urban Growth Centre in the City of Barrie, Ontario, and benefits from a waterfront location along its east side. The opposite side faces Bradford Street, and interfaces with the street required careful consideration to address possible severance to the waterfront.
The masterplan takes a two-sided approach to the site. Firstly, we developed an active streetscape for Bradford Street, with an animated street wall and lobbies to benefit future pedestrians. Secondly, we enhanced the connection with the water’s edge, orientating the buildings and in particular the ground floor to ensure they contribute positively to the public realm.
The scheme is guided by a placemaking framework which builds upon the existing context and its assets to create a space for year-round use. New pathways provide links to existing green areas and extend the public realm with activity community gathering spaces.
Within the site, Bunker’s Creek drains into Lake Simcoe. With careful integration of this natural asset the masterplan protects the existing watercourses, adding new landscape treatments that enhance their use and minimise environmental impact.