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Canadian Canoe Museum design contest launched

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An international design competition has been launched for a new £12.5 million Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough

The project will create a new 7,150m² home for the prestigious not-for-profit museum next to the Canadian city’s historic lift lock.

Founded in 1957, the Canadian Canoe Museum currently hosts around 100 canoes and kayaks inside a 1980s building and former warehouses in an industrial district nearby.

The new museum will replace an existing 1980s visitor centre on a 7,500m²  site next to the landmark hydraulic boat lift on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The facility – expected to receive around 60,000 visitors in its first year – will include permanent galleries, an outdoor terrace, a conference venue, restaurant, bar, café and artisan workshops.

A new canal basin and boat house will also be created to support seasonal water-based learning and recreational activities.

Up to five shortlisted teams will receive a fixed fee to work up concept designs following a pre-qualification round.

International teams will be invited to partner with a local Canadian firm during the competition’s second stage.

The winner – set to be announced in September – will receive the building commission.

The deadline for requests to participate is 30 March.

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