Planning and design company chosen for Sydney harbourfront

August 7, 2013

SYDNEY, NS – Ekistics Planning and Design have been chosen to develop a compelling conceptual vision plan for the future development of the harbourfront in both downtown Sydney and its north end neighbourhood for a 25 year horizon.

A request for proposals issued in May identified the need for a strategic approach for a study area bounded by the Esplanade and Sydney harbour from Wentworth Park to the tip of the north end peninsula.The successful proposal, submitted by Ekistics in collaboration with their partners, Eastpoint Engineering and Cantwell & Company Consulting, combines landscape architecture, civil engineering and municipal planning.


As part of Ekistics' work, extensive consultation will be held with local business leaders, community organizations, landowners and other stakeholders. The company's proposal estimates their work will be completed by mid-December.

The strategy will incorporate a conceptual site plan, visual renderings and a range of development options to determine the most viable use of each site on the harbourfront.

"The steering committee of CBRM and ECBC officials determined that Ekistics will provide an implementable vision plan which will effect positive change in the establishment of a modern, vibrant and sustainable harbourfront," said CBRM's acting Director of Planning, Malcolm Gillis. "The vision plan will be a catalyst for future economic development and enhanced community vitality."

Ekistics has a successful track record of similar vision plan studies, not only in the Maritimes but across Canada.

The funding for the study, expected to cost approximately $60,000, will be cost-shared by the federal and municipal governments. For more information on the cost-sharing, see this announcement today from the Government of Canada:http://www.ecbc-secb.gc.ca/index.php?cid=12&pid=345&lang=e