render of parkette on a lake with big brown curved sculpture
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render of Snowy scene of winter festival in a parkette lit up with white lights
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render of waterfront parket with board walk and tress, people walking and sitting in the park
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render of Parkette boardwalk on the lake with four big ships and people walking
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Waterfront boardwalk parkette with green and yellow trees, a park with children playing, and people walking
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Copps Pier

Hamilton, Canada

The city of Hamilton’s pride in its steeltown heritage inspired us to turn a disused industrial pier into a bold new waterfront promenade. A hard industrial look is mixed with softer, people-friendly elements, native trees and wetland vegetation. Designed for year-round use, the pier features three distinct zones and integrates with the city’s waterfront trail system.

The Boatworks Promenade references the partial hulls of three tanker ships to enclose a sandy beach, play area and games terrace. Hammer Harbour uses an industrial gantry frame to form a waterfront stage with terraces and seating for large community events, celebrations and markets. At the intersection of these two spaces, The Landing provides additional space for public art, performance and ceremony. Our Pier 8 concept was the winner of the high profile international design competition initiated by the City of Hamilton.




City of Hamilton

  • Concept Design
  • Program Development
  • Master Planning
  • Experience Planning
  • Design Management
  • Architecture Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Signage and Wayfinding
  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Visualization
  • In-Field Project Review

FORREC Ltd. (Lead):
FORREC Architects Ltd.

Creative Irrigation, Altus, Anderson Davies Public Art Consultant


  • Create
  • Design
    • Schematic Design
    • Design Development
    • Construction Documentation
  • Realize

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