Britannia Master Plan
Located near Commercial Drive in Vancouver, in a thriving medium-density neighbourhood, Britannia is a public facility with a community centre, childcare, family place, seniors and youth centre, library, swimming pool, ice rink, elementary school and secondary school. Britannia provides a wide variety of services and programs to support the diverse, complex community that surrounds it. The 2018 Master Plan seeks to reinforce and build on existing successes by renewing the 1976 facility and public realm and providing new spaces to meet expanding current and future community needs.
Vancouver’s Grandview Woodlands neighbourhood has some of the lowest amounts of green space per resident in the city. The Britannia Renewal project aims to create opportunities to increase green space on the site, while also connecting to Vancouver’s photogenic edges through long views with a goal to create a vibrant public space in the heart of the neighbourhood. The Plan strives to support the distinct character of the area while improving programming, connectivity and ecology of the site.
The flow of activity will be improved by providing a hierarchy of spaces to link site features and orchestrate movement through the site. Primary circulation routes through the site will accommodate various modes of mobility and larger groups of users, while secondary circulation paths will offer opportunities for refuge.
Key design strategies include: a central common gathering and event space, a “Play Way” connecting the site to Grandview Park and extending street right of ways into the site as fully accessible pedestrian promenades.
The design incorporates a number of sustainable site strategies focused on provision of ecological habitat, biodiversity and sustainable water management: Absorbent landscapes such as rain gardens, infiltration galleries, and a focus on native plantings and non-native species well adapted to Vancouver’s climate.
Public Consultation, Research and Analysis, Concept Development
Master Plan Complete June 2018
Urban Arts (Lead Consultant), Diamond Schmitt Architects, Ecoplan International, Integral Group