The Capital Hotel Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Vancouver’s Larco Investments Ltd. and owner of Fairmont Château Laurier announced today 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.
“This addition to the hotel will allow us to better serve our discerning guests by offering long-term stay suites to those requiring temporary living accommodations when travelling on business or pleasure,” says Art Phillips, Director of Development, at Larco Investments Ltd.
Larco Investments Ltd. retained Architects Alliance (Toronto), PWL Partnerships (Vancouver) and MTBA Associates (Ottawa) to prepare preliminary designs that compliment the hotel by using similar materials to express the architectural elements in today’s style. A contemporary approach is also 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. The separated wings, massing and set back upper floors are compatible with the Château’s existing roofscape silhouette, providing a dignified and deferential response to this iconic building.