The Shipyards – Lot 5 Development
Features include: an outdoor public skating rink for use during the winter months, including a looped skating trail to complement the open rink area. a water play zone for use during the summer months, with a combination of pools and sprayers a covering for weather protection over the entire open space, complete with a retractable portion to allow for an open water play area in the summer significant heritage elements incorporated into the site development such as the use of the ‘Machine Shop’ building as the covering structure over the open space enhanced public stage underground parking a commercial component, which will include restaurant, retail and proposed hotel use (hotel use will require rezoning) public support spaces, including public washrooms and unique community programming opportunities for both small and large events rubberized and non-skid surfaces, ample seating and viewing areas connection with the Spirit Trail and multiple access points for multi-modal transportation
The Shipyards first opened as Wallace Shipyards in 1906 and grew into one of the most impressive industrial operations in western Canada before closing its doors in 1992. Over its many years of operation, the Shipyards have become a defining aspect of the City’s identity. Today, the Shipyards are recognized as a Primary Heritage Site in the City of North Vancouver Heritage Inventory. Learn more about the City’s shipbuilding history.
The Shipyards have been restored through the Pier Development to accommodate retail and commercial space, public plazas, interpretive signage, waterfront walkways and restored piers. Phase lll, the last component, is currently underway. Continued detailed planning for this waterfront destination is ongoing as part of the Central Waterfront Planning process and Lot 5 redevelopment.
The last remaining parcel to be developed is Lot 5, a City-owned parcel of land located in the center of The Shipyards site. As part of the Central Waterfront Development Plan, a vision for Lot 5 was established to create a significant people place with active and interrelated public spaces offering year-round activities all of which are supported by a surrounding commercial development. To further clarify the vision, in April 2015, Council endorsed the Site Planning Principles to guide future development of Lot 5. In June of 2015, a Request for Expression of interest was undertaken and then a more detailed Request for Proposal process.