History meets industrial modern architecture in the heart of Ottawa’s Hintonburg community with the heritage-inspired redevelopment of 1140 Wellington Street West. Hobin Architecture was proudly retained as Project Architects working along side the Taggart Group/Tamarack Homes on the recently completed phase one: Tamarack Wellington, the new mixed-use building at the corner of Wellington Street West and Rosemount Avenue. 1140 Wellington is a dream location just steps away from a diverse mix of art galleries, design studios, trendy boutiques and restaurants. The project was completed in September 2016, and is now 95% homeowner occupied with 52 beautifully designed units constructed on six floors. The top floor units with private roof top terraces have spectacular city views from all directions, including a view of the Ottawa River. The ground floor includes the common lobby and four large leasable commercial spaces.
Up next, phase two: a 13-storey, 184-unit residential rental building linked to the former Bethany Hope Centre. Bethany Hope was constructed in 1924 by the Salvation Army as a home for unwed mothers, and was recently given heritage designation because it was considered a good example of an early 20th century institutional building. Alterations to the heritage building will be minor, and include the upgrading of existing windows and the introduction of new windows on the east and west sides. The renovated building will be available for commercial leasing once complete, with tenancies that are expected to complement the residential components of the overall development. The second floor will contain four residential apartments, with direct access to the terrace level of the new tower.
The Hobin team was challenged to maintain the heritage of the site while designing a modern tower in behind, with an end product which will preserve and enhance the legacy of the site. The conceptual design for phase two started in January 2016, with construction on the new tower beginning in the winter of 2017. Completion is set for Fall 2018, and will be managed by Taggart Realty Management. The residential unit finishes will be significantly better than a typical rental unit; comparable to its neighbouring condo, it will include open concept one and two bedrooms, luxury vinyl plank flooring, designer kitchens with quartz countertops, and in-suite laundry.
The common outdoor areas will incorporate resident walkways with hard and soft landscaping, a gazebo and a shared entrance into an underground parking garage which serves the entire site. The large rooftop space will have private BBQ spaces, a party room/theatre with adjoining private BBQ terrace, yoga studio and gym. Many of the units will have balconies. Renters and homeowners will enjoy the spectacular location with views of the River and Gatineau Hills, ample amenities, and the added bonus that the property faces a permanent green space – one of the few remaining lawns along the Wellington Street corridor.
The redevelopment of 1140 Wellington West represents one of the many projects born of the Hobin-Taggart relationship. The companies have worked together on numerous single and multi-family residential site developments, low and high-rise buildings and commercial developments in and around Ottawa and Kingston since the 1980’s.
The team at Hobin Architecture responsible for the project includes Doug Brooks (partner in charge), Barry Hobin (partner–design), Doug Van Den Ham (design), Jeff Chaput (working drawings and contract admin), and Michelle Cataldo (working drawings). To learn more about the first phase of the 1140 Wellington West redevelopment, visit www.tamarackwellington.com