Jack Layton Ferry Terminal design competition welcomes submissions

An innovative design competition for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park is underway to develop bold new concepts for Toronto’s gateway to the islands. The primary goal of the design competition is to produce a unifying and inspiring master plan which can be phased in over time.

The vision for the area will result in a welcoming gateway to the Toronto Islands – one of the city’s most unique and cherished parks – with amenities and infrastructure to support the approximately 1.3 million visitors who use the ferry each year. 

The competition will follow a two-stage juried process. Stage 1 pre-qualification involves an open call for submission of qualifications by design professionals from around the world. Approximately five teams will be invited to move on to the design competition. Stage 2 involves an intensive 8-week design exercise in which the shortlisted proponents develop innovative design concepts. Mid-term reviews will be held partway through this stage.

At the end of the 8-week design exercise, the teams will present their proposals at a public exhibition for a distinguished jury of design professionals and members of the general public. The jury will review the design submissions and reports and will recommend one proposal – or a combination of proposals – to Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto for consideration.

Communication and engagement with the public will be an integral part of the design competition. A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) comprised of local residents, businesses and neighbourhood groups will meet at key points during the competition process and will provide advice and feedback to the project team, the design teams and the competition jury.

The general public will also have an important role in the design competition. A major public exhibition, planned for early March 2015, will give Torontonians an opportunity to review the design approaches and provide feedback to the jury.

Once a recommended approach – or combined approach – is selected, the design team will move forward with a master plan for the area.

Pursuant to Toronto City Council approval, the capital budget includes funding for an initial phase of work. Going forward, the master plan will be used to guide additional budget requests and to ensure that revitalization efforts move forward in a coordinated manner.

The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal was known as the Toronto Island Ferry Docks until 2012, when it was renamed in honour of Jack Layton. The Ferry Terminal opened in opened in January 1972 and is located at the foot of Bay Street, just west of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

Nearly 1.3 million people pass through the terminal each year. Ferry services – operated by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation division – are provided to docks at Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island Park and Ward’s Island on the Toronto Islands. Ferry service operates year-round service to the Toronto Islands.

For more information, please visit www.waterfrontoronto.ca/ferry_terminal_design_competition