IBI Group redesign adds plaza to Halifax convention centre plan

IBI Group’s design changes to the new Halifax convention centre will create a vibrant public plaza in place of an earlier idea of a pedestrian mall.

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August 21, 2013

HALIFAX – IBI Group’s design changes to Nova Centre, the new Halifax convention centre, will create a vibrant public plaza in place of an earlier idea of a pedestrian mall on Grafton Street. “I think it’s going to be a very exciting space,” said Jamie Wright, the IBI Group architect in charge of the project. “It is kind of a flexible street that, at various times of the year, of the day or even for special events, can be made more pedestrian or more vehicular.” The proposed plaza will be big enough to hold concerts and other outdoor events. The original Nova Centre plan called for Grafton Street to become a pedestrian mall. The new plaza was added after design changes were made to the hotel part of the complex because of traffic concerns. The hotel reconfiguration was one of several design changes made to the proposed complex in recent months after a series of public consultations. When complete, the new convention centre will contain one million sq ft, and include two office buildings, a 250-room hotel, and 400 underground parking spots. For more information, contact Jamie Wright.

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