Ontario Construction News staff writer
Cadillac Fairview has started construction of a 288-unit residential rental building integrated with CF Rideau Centre, Ottawa’s largest shopping mall.
The Rideau Registry residences is the company’s first residential rental development in Canada.
In addition to rental apartments and amenities, the project will also feature the transformation of Ottawa’s historic Registry Office into a modern café-bistro, significant public realm improvements, and an enhanced entrance to the shopping centre. The building will be connected to CF Rideau Centre, providing easy to shops, restaurants and other venues.
The introduction of the rental residences at CF Rideau Centre is the next phase of a redevelopment program that began seven years ago and includes a four-level expansion, a new dining hall and a complete facelift including a range of enhancements and upgrades, new public art and a rebuilt pedestrian bridge over Rideau Street.
The redevelopment introduced a new wing which incorporated the historic Ogilvy Building and the preservation and integration of the historic Registry Office building is a opportunity to celebrate this historic building by featuring it in the residential project.
“CF is pleased that the historic Registry Office will be given new life and purpose as a prominent feature of the Rideau Registry residences,” said Wayne Barwise, executive vice president, development, Cadillac Fairview. “We are proud to have incorporated the office into the design of the new residential tower, thoughtfully integrating this historic gem with leading-edge architecture to create a beautiful new building that is sure to become a highlight of the Ottawa skyline.”