Britannia Beach Community
In the fall of 2002, The University of British Columbia held two
workshops at the Britannia Beach Community Centre for the purpose
of engaging all stakeholders at the site in establishing goals
and design guidelines for the Canadian Environmental Mining Research
Centre (CEMR) to be built by UBC at Britannia Beach. These events
were part of a process called a "Charrette" which culminates
in a four to five day intensive design workshop that allows the
wider community to work with a team of architects to develop detailed
designs of how project such as CEMR would be integrated into the
existing and future elements of the community.
A total of 70 people were invited to the workshops from over
15 different organizations. During the two events, 30 site goals
and objectives were developed with the agreement of all participants
(about 50 participants at the first workshop and 35 at the second).
A series of design guidelines were evolved from this list of goals
and objectives presented under four categories: Green Infrastructure,
Energy Efficiency and Resource Conservation, Economic Development,
and Community Infrastructure. This document is available for viewing
In addition to the UBC-CEMR Centre project, there are
several other initiatives also under consideration for Britannia
by the following organizations:
- The BC Museum of Mining – museum operations
and assessment of potential for future expansion/redevelopment.
- Britannia Bay Properties Ltd. – community
- BC Ministry of Highways – Highway
99 Expansion Project
- BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection / Ministry
of Sustainable Resource Management – Britannia
Site Rehabilitation Project
- Natural Resources Canada – Britannia
Centre for Mining Innovation and Heritage Park.
Because of the success of the UBC-CERM3 initiative, talks were
held with representatives from each of these groups to examine
ways to expand the final design workshop to include the entire
site development. All parties have agreed to participate in the
charrette that will address these larger planning issues and the
Museum of Mining has agreed to host the event. The BC Ministry
of Sustainable Resource Management has indicated a desire to participate
because of a number of possible advantages in integrating their
Water Treatment Plant to the overall site project development
The following is a description of the Charrette Process and
the groups who will be involved. It will be necessary to rerun
the two mini-workshops held last fall in order to include design
goals and design guidelines for the broader site issues.
Combined Stakeholder Workshops #1 and #2
Workshop 1: goals and objectives overview
(3 hours) Date: Thursday, September 4th 2003.
Workshop 2: final goals and objectives and draft
design brief (3 hours) Date: Thursday, September
This stage will involve past participants from the fall 2002
workshops with a wider group of stakeholder constituents interested
in the CEMR Centre, the NRCan proposal, the BC Museum of Mining,
the Water Treatment Plant, the development of commercial property
and other future development potential at Britannia Beach.
The purpose of the workshop is to integrate existing project
objectives with those of the wider group, with a view to defining
a comprehensive set of Goals and Objectives and
a Design Brief for the entire site, given this
much larger scope.
The charrette will use the targets in the Design Brief
to develop a vision for the community plan.
(full day sessions, with a later start and end time on the
October 15th-16th 2003, and
October 22nd–23rd 2003.
The charrette will commence with a ‘kick-off’ briefing
session involving the broader group of participants. Stakeholders
and stakeholder groups will be given time to provide short overviews
of the issue as they are seen from their perspectives.
Each team will present their works-in-progress to the stakeholders
at least once during the four days. This presentation will allow
the groups to address issues of concern, to validate current directions,
and/or to ask questions of each other, the sponsors, and the stakeholders.
The charrette will conclude with a presentation to a wide audience
of interested citizens and stakeholders. As representatives from
stakeholder groups in addition to others with an interest in the
site will be invited to the final presentation, this event will
be an important venue to discuss issues of implementation, future
challenges and next steps.
The charrette will consist of one design team representing the
stakeholder groups. An opportunity will be given to the NRCan
architectural group to put forward their conceptual proposal for
NRCan's Britannia Beach Centre for Mining Innovation which will
form the centerpiece of the site development. All proponents of
the various site projects can enter into a common dialog to evolve
a final common site plan that fits into the overall design guidelines.
Primary coordination, facilitation and documentation of the charrette
will be undertaken by Patrick Condon’s team at the UBC James
Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments at the University
of British Columbia, on behalf of Britannia Bay Properties Ltd.,
BC Museum of Mining, Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management,
NRCan, Squamish Lillooet Regional Planning District, and CERM3.
Fundraising and additional strategic management will be provided
by John Meech, Director of CERM3 at UBC.