The project in question consists primarily of transforming the interior of a base building with a footprint of approximately 5,310 m2 into a vibrant centre with a fluid, intuitive layout that combines the functions of a library, cultural centre, and social and community spaces.
The project will foster and maintain a sense of belonging and representativeness in the community while emphasizing the centre’s presence within the building complex, its urban setting, and the neighbourhood as a whole.
The new project will form the neighbourhood’s nerve centre, serving as a forum for public innovation and a focal point for citizens and organizations who develop activities in tune with today’s needs in order to create a better tomorrow—a venue for culture as a vector of change and citizen empowerment.
One of the challenges for the Peter-McGill Centre identified by key stakeholders—citizens, employees, artists, experts, and amateurs alike—is to make digital culture more people-centred and harness it as a force for social cohesion.
Lastly, music will serve as the ideal universal language for building bridges between cultures. During public consultations, music was identified as an essential component of the centre’s functions, spaces, and programming.
The project’s construction budget is $13,853,942 plus taxes.