National Urban Design Awards — 2018 Medal Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

National Urban Design Awards — 2018 Medal Recipient

Rehabilitation of the waterfront and boardwalk at the Anse-du-Sud sector of Percé, QC
Award Category: 
Sustainable Development

Lead Firm: AECOM

Completion: June 2018

Client: City of Percé

Percé, a tourist icon in Quebec, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Over the past several years, Percé has experienced climate changes that have had a devastating impact on its shoreline. After being declared a disaster area in 2017 due to the loss of its boardwalk and coastal erosion threatening heritage buildings, the city received exceptional government assistance. Percé went on to implement a fast-track rehabilitation of its waterfront using an innovative and sustainable approach of beach nourishment and building a beautiful new boardwalk that is environmentally friendly and reflects the historical context and local values.

Jury Comment(s): 

“The shoreline was made resilient to future storms through environmentally sustainable design measures. The design team replaced a previously obtrusive and crumbling breakwater with a less visible, more environmentally sensitive approach. What is outstanding is that safe public access to the shoreline was preserved.  The new vibrant public plazas, broad shoreline promenade, and beach access will promote the community as a tourist destination for years to come.” 


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Photo: AECOM

Photo: Lisa-marie Gagnon

Photo: Lisa-marie Gagnon

Photo: Ville de Percé

Photo: Ville de Percé