Grand Quai and Port of Montréal Tower

The Alexandra Pier rehabilitation project transforms the former pier into a river promenade of exceptional quality that extends the linear pedestrian network developed over several decades along the Saint Lawrence River.

The Iberville Passenger Terminal, built in 1967 on the pier, was completely renovated in order to welcome cruise passengers arriving in Montréal with modern facilities and a first impression worthy of Québec’s largest city. The former Alexandra Pier is now named Grand Quai – Port of Montréal.

The maritime passenger terminal upgrade offers Montrealers much-coveted renewed access to the river. An exceptional site located in the heart of the city and its historic centre, the new 38,000-m2 signature design enables a continuum of international maritime operations, while supporting tourism activities. The Tower, constructed as an icon, represents a new port of entry into Montréal.

PHASE I  –  2014 – 2022

  • International maritime terminal
  • Lowered pier providing access to the river
  • Esplanade
  • Arrivals hall covered with a green roof Interactive interpretation centre
  • Indoor parking
  • Mariners’ house of Montréal


PHASE II  –  2021 – 2023

  • 65-metre high signature tower with a view on the river and the city
  • Observatory for visitors
  • Sculptural stairway with panoramic view
  • Lobby for visitors
  • Large foyer with ticket offices
  • Waiting area
  • Cloakroom and related sanitary services

Electromechanical

Pageau Morel et associés

Photography

Stéphane Brügger - Grand Quai / James Brittain - Tower

Contractor

Pomerleau

Structure

NCK

Landscape

NIP Paysage

Interior design

Provencher_Roy Design intérieur

Other Collaborators

CS Design

Country

Canada


City

Montréal


Client

Port de Montréal


Surface Area

38,000 m2


Year

2022 Grand Quai / 2023 Tower


Background

Located on an exceptional site, the pier is one of the principal docks built in the early 20th century, a time when Montréal ranked among the world’s busiest ports for the export of cereal.

Measuring 305 metres long by 91 metres wide, the pier originally housed four huge, two-storey hangars.

In 1967, the Iberville terminal, not particularly suited to pedestrian circulation, was reserved for automobile traffic, a situation exacerbated when the hangars were converted into parking lots. Despite significant investments for its maintenance over the past 10 years, this infrastructure, located in the heart of Old Montréal, showed advanced signs of aging and operational obsolescence that was compromising its ability to keep providing the expected services.

Maritime Terminal

Thanks to its complete redesign, the maritime terminal now welcomes passengers at ground level rather than at the Port of Montréal’s Grand Quai’s upper level.

This allows the rationalization of vehicular traffic patterns as well as the pedestrianization of spaces. Meanwhile, the landscaping of the ground level enables more fluid movement, thus considerably simplifying vehicle access to the port facilities and the parking spaces still available in the old hangars.

Public Promenade

Today, pedestrians are drawn to an inviting landscaped esplanade located on the roof of the port facilities.

This path completes the Old Port’s network of public spaces and rebuilds, in admirable fashion, the ties between the city and the Saint Lawrence River.

“From the project’s outset, our aim was to extend the Old Port’s linear park onto the pier. We wanted to create a space that emphasizes the historical richness of the site while also providing a park, a place to relax, and a space that people could make their own.”

adds Sonia Gagné, Architect and Partner at Provencher_Roy.

Tour du Port de Montréal

Signature Tower

One of the project’s more innovative features is the addition of a nearly 65-metre tower, whose primary function is to signal the presence of the Port of Montréal’s Grand Quay.

2023 – VIEWING TOWER

Thanks to several viewing platforms, the tower constitutes a unique vantage point for observing the city and river, and enable travellers to discover the city upon arrival in the port. It also serves as a transitional element connecting the raised esplanade, the maritime terminal, and the new park at the tip of the Port of Montréal’s Grand Quai. The architectural vocabulary developed for the tower and its structure evokes the port’s rich industrial heritage. Finally, the tower is equipped with lighting systems that give artists free reign to create luminous works that transform the venue according to the season and with the aim of celebrating particular events. It thus is a canvas for those visual artists whose medium is light and who in recent years have built a reputation for themselves both locally and around the world.

Distinctions

2021
WAN Female Frontier Awards, «Highly Commended», Catégorie «Team of the Year»
2019
Gala de reconnaissance environnement et développement durable de Montréal - Catégorie Corps publics