Boldwing Continuum was commissioned by the City of Port Coquitlam to provide master planning, architectural, interior design, building code and envelope services for the phased revitalization of the civic precinct in the downtown core of Port Coquitlam.
With numerous stakeholders and user groups, Boldwing Continuum developed the Leigh Square Community Arts Village Master Plan by engaging stakeholders through numerous charrettes and public meetings — to listen and respond to the community’s requirements, dreams and desires.
Phase 1 required the redevelopment of a city-owned parking lot (32,668 sq ft or 3,035 sq m) into an urban park, complete with a bandshell for art performances of 50–1,500 people, an events lawn, sculpture court, water features and seating areas while reconfiguring and enhancing the parking to a secondary position within the urban park. Phase 2 continued with the development of a new Parks & Recreation Facility — The Gathering Place — and the conversion of the 1958 heritage Canada Post Office — The Outlet. The newly converted facilities provided a community living room for art work display, catering kitchen, new Parks & Recreation Department office space, resident artist studios, commercial retail space, secondary performance space, including a production area, community archives and archival work area, storage areas, change rooms, public washrooms and outdoor sculpture work yard.
Whether inside or out, Leigh Square welcomes residents and visitor groups of all sizes, promoting community pride, culture and experience.
RAIC Certificate of Merit – Urban Design (2008)
I would be remiss if I did not make special note of the creativity which Boldwing Continuum has brought to the design of this outdoor space. Within the confines of the existing buildings and parking areas that surround it, Leigh Square has its own unique landscape character. It is regarded as a special place, both by representatives for the City and by the citizens, who come simply to sit and enjoy. This is truly what a square is meant to be.