Capital Hotel Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Vancouver’s Larco Investments Ltd. and owner of Fairmont Château Laurier announced on September 14, 2016 that the federal approval process has begun with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and pre-consultation with the City of Ottawa, in view of expanding the hotel. The intent is to build new long-term stay suites, create a new exterior courtyard off the Ballroom for seasonal use and replace the aging 5-storey parking structure with an underground parking facility, all under the management of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, the luxury brand that operates the hotel.
Larco Investments Ltd. retained Architects Alliance (Toronto), PWL Partnerships (Vancouver) and MTBA Associates (Ottawa) to prepare the preliminary designs. The contemporary approach which has been suggested is consistent with the Standard 11 from The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. The addition will offer a modern interpretation of the heritage character of the Château with a vocabulary of Indiana Limestone, glass and copper.
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