Project Details

Location and Site Context | Building Uses and Floor Plans | Building Design | Project Schedule


Location and Site Context

The City has selected a site on Columbia Street between 8th Street and Begbie Street as the optimal location for the Anvil Centre.

Evaluation Criteria

Site Attributes

Site Context


Building Uses and Floor Plans

Anvil Centre will be four storeys (approximately 60 feet) and will have 84,000 square feet of interior space. Anvil Centre will include the following:

  • conference and meeting facilities with room for a 500-seat reception
  • flexible 350-seat non-proscenium theatre
  • multi-purpose rooms and multi-purpose art studios
  • civic art gallery and gift shop
  • City’s Museum and Archives
  • Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • Tourism New Westminster’s visitor information desk
  • Restaurant and retail

Above the civic facility will be a nine storey, 137,000 square foot office building named Merchant Square. It will offer first class office space in a highly efficient layout with floor plans ranging from 15,500 to 19,500 square feet. The project will be designed to meet LEED Gold standards for energy efficient and environmentally sustainable design.

Colour coded floor plans for the civic portion of the building (November 2011)

Building Programming (January 2011)

Arts Advisory Task Group

Programming Principles


Building Design

The project is being designed as iconic structure at the gateway to New Westminster's downtown.

Exterior Rendering (updated April 2012)

Interior Renderings

Design Rationale


Project Schedule

Item Status
Anvil Centre & Office Tower Design COMPLETE
Tender Packages Awarded COMPLETE
Excavation and Shoring COMPLETE
Parkade Structure COMPLETE
Anvil Centre Structure COMPLETE
Anvil Centre Envelope COMPLETE
Office Tower Structure COMPLETE
Office Tower Envelope COMPLETE
Anvil Centre Fit-out Spring 2014
Substantial Completion Spring 2014