Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury
From: Public Services and Procurement Canada
Learn about the restoration project of the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury.
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- Québec, Quebec
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- Type of project
- Lead department
- Public Services and Procurement Canada
- Construction firms
- Architectural designs and sketches for reconstruction of the Armoury, plans and specifications: Arcop (now Architecture49 Inc.), DFS Inc., architecture & design, Saint-Gelais Montminy et Associés, architectes
Reconstruction and expansion: Pomerleau Inc.
- $104 million (taxes included)
- Project status
- Completed on April 26, 2018
The Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury, home to the oldest French-Canadian regiment still in existence, was damaged by fire in April 2008. We rebuilt the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury into a building combining modernism with heritage. The reconstructed Armoury commemorates its military history while providing multipurpose spaces available for rent for the community, cultural and social events.
The entire space of the central Armoury building was reconstructed into a large multipurpose room. The room is at the cutting edge of technology and its acoustics are of high quality. The Armoury also has:
- a foyer adjacent to the main hall
- a reception hall
- a commemorative hall
- a kitchen
- public washrooms
- technical service rooms
Restoration and modernization
We preserved most of the Armoury’s pre-fire exterior appearance, especially the roof and the front. The building was expanded with a view to maintaining its heritage designations while optimizing the facilities and making them more useful to the community and the government. we constructed a new contemporary annex adjacent to the existing building. This section houses federal offices and a reception foyer overlooking the Plains of Abraham.
The Armoury project complies with the government’s commitment to reduce its ecological footprint and meets the applicable environmental standards.
The proximity of the Plains of Abraham is one of the Armoury’s assets. The land was partially redeveloped to create green space and make it easier to move between Place George-V and the Plains of Abraham. A bridge passing through the Armoury connects both spaces. An aboveground parking lot was built behind the Armoury. Around the parking lot, various elements will be installed from time to time to commemorate the Voltigeurs de Québec.
Architectural and heritage experts from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Parks Canada and the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office were consulted during the design phase.
- After the 2008 fire, the federal government cleaned up the site and undertook the initial work to preserve the remaining structure. In the meantime, the Voltigeurs moved to a new site for a 10-year period
- 2009 and 2010: we carried out a series of activities to come up with a plan for the future of the Armoury:
- public consultations
- feasibility and profitability analysis
- a variety of historical, archeological and environmental analyses and studies
- post-disaster structural evaluations
- June 2011: following an open and transparent tendering process, we awarded a contract to Arcop (now Architecture49 Inc.), DFS Inc., Architecture & Design, Saint-Gelais Montminy and Associates, Architectural Consortium to prepare the architectural designs and sketches for reconstruction of the Armoury, as well as plans and specifications
- November 2012: the Government of Canada unveiled the design for the reconstruction of the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury
- 2015: Arcop, DFS Inc., Architecture & Design, Saint-Gelais Montminy and Associates, Architectural Consortium, provided PSPC with plans and specifications
- May 19, 2015: following an open and transparent tendering process launched in January 2015, we awarded a contract to Pomerleau Inc. for the reconstruction and expansion of the Armoury
- May 23, 2017: following a call for tenders, we awarded a contract to allow the public to rent multi-purpose space in the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury
- April 26, 2018: the Government of Canada officially inaugurated the rebuilt Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury
Restoration of the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury
This video features some of the people involved in the restoration of the historic building, as well as the work being done on the site.
The Armoury is a landmark in the memory of Canadians, valued for its associations with the Voltigeurs de Québec—the oldest French-Canadian regiment still in existence—and the Royal Rifles of Canada.
Built in 1887 and expanded in 1913, the Armoury has always been a prominent feature of the Québec landscape. It was designed by Québec architect Eugène-Étienne Taché.
Its influence on a number of subsequent major Canadian buildings' style led to the Armoury being designated a "national historic site of Canada" on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Place Georges-V, located between the building and Grande Allée to the north, is also part of the historic site. The building was also "Classified" on the recommendation of the Federal Heritage Building Review Office. It obtained the highest heritage designation that can be granted to a federal building by the Minister of the Environment.
Despite the damage it sustained, the building retains some of its architectural integrity and most of the features that make it an exceptional example of the château style. The architectural design encourages the protection of heritage and respect for architectural integrity. It is based on the 1885 drawings by Eugène-Étienne Taché. The components of the original Armoury that still exist have been preserved and integrated into the new building.
All of the work and architectural elements were designed to comply with internationally recognized methods for the preservation of built heritage, including the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Heritage Sites in Canada. According to these standards, the elements which did not exist before the fire do not try to blend in with the existing architecture. They rather are identifiable as contemporary elements.
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