CBC/RADIO-CANADA VANCOUVER REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The 700 block of Hamilton Street is undergoing a major redevelopment to open the doors wider to the community and provide even better CBC/Radio-Canada programming.
The CBC/Radio-Canada Production Centre, with its integrated newsroom, will form the cornerstone of our redevelopment. You will be able to observe the newsroom and studios in action from street level and from inside the new interactive Georgia/Hamilton Street entrance. The integrated newsroom, with updated technology, will provide a more dynamic and collaborative working environment so that CBC/Radio-Canada can continue to connect Canadians far and wide with compelling local, national and international stories.
The newly renovated CBC/Radio-Canada Plaza will be an open and accessible space that will invite you to enjoy a variety of live community events or simply relax in a welcoming urban oasis. The community performance studio and outdoor stage will be available to non-profit organizations, attracting diverse audiences for performances hosted by CBC/Radio-Canada and many of Vancouver’s renowned cultural community organizations.
As part of the redevelopment and through the City’s Cultural Services Department, three of Vancouver’s most popular and long-standing festivals will establish the Vancouver Festival Centre. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Children’s Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival will create a central festival box office, library, resource and information centre accessible to the community at large and a meeting place for the local festival community.
How are we able to do this? We sold the density of our parking lot to Concord Pacific Group Inc., where they are now building two residential towers. The revenue from this sale and the sale of our warehouse, as well as generated sales from the development, are financing the project.
Construction is scheduled to be finished by Fall, 2009.
View of integrated newsroom. View from the corner of Georgia St. and Hamilton St.
Landscape Plan (updated as of June 15, 2006)
Public space along Hamilton St.
Corner of Robson St. and Cambie St.
View towards Robson St. elevation
View along Georgia St.
View from Cambie St.
View from Robson St.
View from Hamilton St.
View from Georgia St.
Landscaped courtyard and water garden on Hamilton Street
CBC Expansion Benefits:
- The main floor of the current building will expand out over the plaza for news integration of new media and our four media lines - English TV & Radio and French TV & Radio (approximately 150 staff).
- The integrated newsroom will contain new production studios, new technology and an open office workstation design.
- In this new integrated work environment, Radio and TV will have similar desktop platforms for news gathering and production which will allow for more sharing and improved information flow.
- There will be a common assignment desk for all our media services, which will allow for even better collaboration and sharing of resources.
- The integrated newsroom will provide a more dynamic working environment so that CBC/Radio-Canada can continue to connect Canadians far and wide with compelling local, national and international stories.
- Both English and French Radio will maintain their network & regional production capacity. And, both English and French TV will meet their requirements for all future network and regional production.
- The current CBC News Vancouver TV studio will become a combined community performance facility and CBC/Radio-Canada programming venue.
- The new English and French TV News studios in the integrated newsroom are visible from the busy corner of Hamilton and Georgia. CBC/Radio-Canada TV viewers will be treated to the backdrop of the North Shore mountains.
- A master space plan for the building was developed by Seeton Shinkewski Design Group Ltd., a professional interior design and space planning company, to enable even better programming through increased collaboration between platforms and media lines.
- A consultative process with Vancouver Senior Management and their staff, and network stakeholders, was used to determine the master space plan.
Adjacencies of like work groups was a principle employed to encourage more efficient communication and efficient use of space.
- The right groups of people will be sitting by each other and not scattered throughout the building, which will allow for ideas to be shared more easily.
An open office concept utilizing a combination of workstations, common areas and offices will be implemented. There will be pockets of space throughout the building to allow adjustments within program units.
- CBC/Radio-Canada parking will move from the outdoor parking lots to inside the redeveloped building, on the two lowest levels.
- The redevelopment will provide a more welcoming invitation to the public by having a more accessible entrance at street level on Hamilton Street. There will also be more public and community spaces.
- There will be a strong CBC/Radio-Canada brand and enhanced public visibility throughout the entire block.
- The newly renovated CBC/Radio-Canada Plaza will be an open and accessible space that will invite the public to enjoy a variety of live community events or simply relax in a welcoming urban oasis.
- A 4,000 square foot community performance studio will be available to non-profit organizations, attracting diverse audiences for performances hosted by CBC/Radio-Canada and many of Vancouver's renowned cultural community organizations.
- Radio & TV broadcasting connections in the CBC/Radio-Canada Plaza, the courtyard and on Robson Street offers CBC/Radio-Canada many outdoor public programming opportunities.
- As part of the redevelopment and through the City's Cultural Services Department, three of Vancouver's most popular and long-standing festivals will establish the Vancouver Festival Centre. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival , Vancouver International Children's Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival will create a central festival box office, library, resource and information centre accessible to the community at large and a meeting place for the local festival community.
- The new entrance incorporates both elevator and stair access to a studio level public lobby which will allow for improved audience access to Radio’s performance Studio 1 and TV Studios.
- Courtyard and water feature will provide a much needed green space to the general public.
- The interactivity and green space along Hamilton Street will enhance the planned trail from Gastown to Yaletown.
- The elevator will also improve the handicapped access to Radio and TV studios.
- Technology improvements include Desktop TV, a computerized on air system and an HD router for English and French TV News, plus modernizing some of the broadcast equipment.
- New technology puts us on the leading edge and supports better collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada colleagues across media lines, languages and locations.
CBC's Vancouver headquarters will get a renovation (to be completed by 2009), while two separate condo towers will be built on the property. The new buildings will come in at 21 storeys (208 feet) and 31 storeys (286 feet), and add another 450 condo units to the Vancouver market when construction is done by late 2008.
- Site is vacant parking lot south of CBC.
- Urban Design Panel first review: June 8, 2005.
- Plans call for a communications antenna standing 75 feet above the roof.
- Joint venture by Concord Pacific and Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden architects, in conjunction with the redevelopment of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (north end of the block).
- CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) sold its development rights to Concord Pacific to enable them to finance the renovation of the aging broadcast centre next door into a state-of-the-art facility.
- Features a courtyard and music stage, with a blank, interactive soundscape wall to display graphics, and a new glass TV studio.
- The full city block, including the CBC broadcast studios, contains 646,138 square feet of floor space.