Pier 8

Forging a future from an industrial past

Client City of Hamilton

The city of Hamilton’s pride in its steeltown heritage inspired us to turn a disused industrial pier into a bold new waterfront promenade. A hard industrial look is mixed with softer, people-friendly elements, native trees and wetland vegetation. Designed for year-round use, the pier features three distinct zones and integrates with the city’s waterfront trail system.

The Boatworks Promenade references the partial hulls of three tanker ships to enclose a sandy beach, play area and games terrace. Hammer Harbour uses an industrial gantry frame to form a waterfront stage with terraces and seating for large community events, celebrations and markets. At the intersection of these two spaces, The Landing provides additional space for public art, performance and ceremony. Our Pier 8 concept was the winner of the high profile international design competition initiated by the City of Hamilton.

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Public Spaces


Hamilton, Canada
1.5 ha
Opening 2019


  • Landscape Architecture
  • Architecture
  • Construction Documents
  • Contract Administration

Project Team

FORREC Ltd. (Lead), CIMA+, EXP, Forrec Architects Ltd.
Creative Irrigation, Altus, Anderson Davies Public Art Consultant

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