Professor Suzanne Fortier, McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, is elated to see her university moving forward with “a project that will bring all Montrealers together. For us, this initiative is about building upon McGill’s academic strengths and identity as a world-class institution, as well as adding functionality, now and for the future.”
For Robert Poëti, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Montreal region, “This is good news for Montrealers, especially in light of the value of this landmark building in terms of heritage, architecture and identity in the heart of the city. Our government feels that converting the Royal Victoria Hospital is sure to help re-energize the urban fabric for the greater benefit of Montreal’s entire population.”
In terms of scheduling, it will take some 18 months to complete these feasibility studies and put together a file on the project’s advisability. Based on the resulting facts and figures, the government and the university will then be able to decide whether it is opportune to pursue the project before developing a definitive business case enabling construction to start at the earliest possible opportunity.
This unique urbanistic plan will provide Montrealers with a new access to Mount Royal, and the university would very much like the project’s sod-turning ceremony to coincide with its 200th anniversary celebrations in 2021.
The public call for tenders can be viewed here.
The details of the project proposed by McGill University are available at http://royalvictoria.mcgill.ca/.
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