Collingwood Arts Centre Feasibility

The Town of Collingwood engaged Nordicity and Giaimo Architects to undertake a Feasibility Study for an Arts and Culture Centre in Collingwood. A preliminary vision identified that the Centre will be a place that celebrates the local vibrant arts sector and showcases it for Collingwood’s residents, families, seasonal visitors, and tourists. Key programming features will include a theatre and performing arts stage of professional excellence, rehearsal space, gallery and exhibition space, education and collaboration spaces, and other amenities for the arts.


Collingwood, Canada

Start Date



Phase 1 Completed, Phase 2 Ongoing


Town of Collingwood


Nordicity & Giaimo


Feasibility Study

Arts & Culture

Final Report

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A review of Collingwood’s various municipal strategies demonstrated the prominent role of arts and culture in the town, as well as a commitment to supporting the sector’s growth. From this prior rationale, Nordicity and Giaimo undertook the following steps: public consultations through a survey, arts and culture stakeholder consultations through interviews, a roundtable, site tours, and regular and ad-hoc updates with the Collingwood Arts, Culture and Entertainment (CACE) group. Based on this analysis and consultation, Giaimo then developed size and scale recommendations to meet programming needs identified as part of the desired features of the facility, as well as a location analysis and design guidelines.

Site Exploration

The location analysis recommended that the Downtown and Waterfront areas of Collingwood are most suitable for a new Arts and Culture Centre. In particular, a cluster of cultural amenities located within or near the Downtown Heritage Conservation District, as well as the projected growth and development outlined in the Collingwood Waterfront Master Plan, indicated an opportunity for an Arts District within the downtown waterfront area that could serve both local community needs and visitors. A number of sites were considered within this area and further assessed as part of the Study. While not all were deemed suitable for recommendation, there were a number of sites that met the needs of the Study on a high level and were thus recommended for further consideration.

Design Guidelines

The new Arts Centre will need to integrate into the existing character and support the cultural value of the Downtown, while also allowing for the development of a state-of-the-art performance facility. There is potential for various building types for the identified sites: adaptive re-use, renovation, new construction – each with various benefits depending on the final site selected. Given this, Giaimo developed Design Guidelines focused on a series of key priorities: Contemporary & Quality Design; Context and Character; Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability; and Landscape and Public Realm.

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