Market Square is a unique feature in the heart of the City of Stratford. Located behind City Hall, the space is surrounded on all sides by heritage main street façades at the center of Stratford's Downtown Heritage District. In 2015, the City began a lengthy consultation process that produced a revitalization plan for Market Square.
Between October 2016 and June 2017, Market Square will be redeveloped according to the following design plan by GSP Group:
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available here:
The City's construction communications plan is available here:
1. Preconstruction Open House - 20 September 2016
The 20 September Open House is intended to provide information to local businesses and residents who will be impacted by the construction process. The meeting will take place from 4:00pm-7:00pm in the City Hall Auditorium and is open to the public. There will be a short presentation at 5:00pm. City Staff and consultants will be available to answer questions.
2. Tender Close - 12 October 2016
The City has shortlisted four firms to bid on undertaking the Market Square construction process:
3. Council Approval - 26 October 2016
The successful bidder will be approved by Council on 26 October 2016.
4. Construction Open House - 28 October 2016
A Construction Open House will take place after the successful construction bidder has been selected. Details will follow closer to the date.
5. Construction Start - 31 October 2016 (earliest)
6. Anticipated Construction Completion - 12 May 2017
7. Construction Complete - 23 June 2017 (latest)
Please note that the above construction schedule is tentative and subject to change.
1. 2015 Public Engagement:
In 2015, the City of Stratford retained AtFocus Consulting to facilitate the Market Square visioning and community consultation process. This process included stakeholder interviews, workshops, focus groups, and a public survey for which we received 1060 responses. The feedback from this public consultation process resulted in the formulation of guiding principles and vision scenarios for Market Square that were presented to council on 19 May 2015. The reports are available here:
2. 2016 Design Competition:
In late 2015, the City issued a request for Prequalification (RFPQ15-08*) to shortlist architectural design firms interested in designing the redevelopment of Market Square. We received 20 responses and invited 3 shortlisted firms to submit design proposals (RFP15-09*). Proposals were received on 17 February 2016. Design proposals are available here:
*The RFP documents are for information only. The City of Stratford is not inviting further responses to these RFPs.
**Note that these design submissions are subject to copy right protection laws.
3. March-June 2016 Conceptual Design:
On 29 March, Stratford City Council retained GSP Group to create the conceptual design for the redevelopment of Market Square. The report on the selection process is available here:
Since that time, GSP has refined the conceptual design in consultation with City Staff and community stakeholders. The revised conceptual design was presented at a public Open House on Wednesday 1 June 2016. It was presented to Council for consideration on 13 June 2016. The link to the revised conceptual design is here:
The City invited public feedback on the design and presented comments to GSP and Council.
For more information on design items considered by Council, please see our 17 May report to the Finance and Labour Relations Subcommittee: The report is available here:
After receiving design approval from Council, City Staff worked with GSP Group to refine the design and prepare the construction documents for tender.
Our Operating Budget for Phase I of this project has been set as follows:
Landscaping - Phase I: $1,205,000