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Rose Theatre takes centre stage at urban design awards

Patricia Williams
Rose Theatre takes centre stage at urban design awards
The Rose Theatre Brampton has a tall, domed rotunda entrance, high arched windows, sandstone block exterior, limestone trim and copper-topped roofs.

The Rose Theatre won top marks in the Brampton’s urban design awards program, garnering both an award of excellence and the people’s choice award.

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The Rose Theatre in Brampton won top marks in the city’s urban design awards program, garnering both an award of excellence and the people’s choice award.

Designed by Page + Steele Architects, the $52 million project has a prominent location in the heart of Brampton, across from City Hall.

“I have no doubt this project will be the new benchmark for design and construction excellence. ”

It incorporates a public square, known as Garden Square.

Construction of the building has been a catalyst in the revitalization of the downtown core, city officials said.

The 65,000-square-foot performing arts facility opened last September. “Winning two distinguished awards for a complex project on an extremely challenging site is incredibly rewarding,” said Mansoor Kazerouni, the architectural firm’s vice-president of design.

“The awards represent the views of a jury of professionals and peers in the case of the design excellence award and those of residents of the Greater Toronto Area for the people’s choice award.

“It is wonderful to know that both groups have given the project and the Page + Steele design team a huge nod of approval.”

The public voted both online and in person during the recent Doors Open Brampton event.

Constructed by Aecon Buildings, the facility features an 880-seat theatre, a 200-seat secondary hall and community space for meetings.

The curved south façade is articulated by a series of soaring arched windows, punched in a sweeping red sandstone-clad wall.

The building was constructed over a parking garage, and adjacent to the CN rail line.

“I have no doubt this project will be the new benchmark for design and construction excellence in this fast-growing city,” Kazerouni said.

Awards of excellence were presented to two other projects:

•The Brampton Soccer Centre. Designed for the city by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, the recently opened, $36.1 million centre has been praised for combining “a contemporary, European style with a clean, well-detailed look.” Designed to operate year-round, the centre has four soccer fields, two cricket pitches, two basketball courts and a community activity area. The building was constructed by The Atlas Corp.

•Loblaw Companies Ltd. headquarters. Designed by Sweeny Stirling Finlayson & Co. Architects for owner/developer Orlando Corp., the building features a contemporary architectural style “with high quality treatment and detailing.” The jury especially liked a complimentary piece of public art commemorating the area’s rural heritage. The building, which houses 2,000 employees, was completed in 2005.

The awards were handed out at recent a breakfast ceremony at the Rose Theatre.

“Excellence in urban design does more than create beautiful buildings,” said Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell.

“It attracts people to them and encourages people to interact with them.”

In all, the city received some 16 entries.

Submissions were judged by a panel that included experts in urban, architectural and landscape design.

The jurors included planner, urban designer and architect Moiz Behar, president of MBPD Planning and Design; landscape architect, urban designer and planner Karen Hammond, a professor at the University of Waterloo; former city manager Lorne McCool; John Corbett, commissioner of planning, design and development; and Michael Halls, a representative of the mayor’s office.

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