The borough of CDN-NDG is kicking off the planning for the future neighbourhood’s public facilities through an innovative call for tenders.
The borough is issuing a call for tenders for the planning of the public sports, cultural, health, education and community facilities. Although this may seem early with regard to the area’s development, planning out its public facilities well ahead of time can help define the neighbourhood’s image. It will also guide the spatial organization of this currently vacant area.
Public facilities can play an important role in Montréal neighbourhoods. They are community hubs that act as venues for initiating, renewing and developing human relationships.
Such facilities can also contribute to the fight against discrimination. They allow the borough to offer a wide range of complementary services to meet the diverse needs of its clientele. This first step towards building the Namur-Hippodrome neighbourhood is a gesture of social inclusion addressed to all the groups who are part of Montréal’s urban fabric.
Planning from 2021
The borough of CDN-NDG is being innovative in adopting a particular weighting scheme in which price is just one of the criteria in the planning of the public facilities to be built on the former hippodrome site. This allows it to select professional services based on the quality of the offer rather than automatically choosing the lowest bidder. This method was agreed on at the November 2 Borough Council meeting.
Using this weighting scheme is a Ville de Montréal first. In this way, the borough hopes to obtain professional services that better meet its needs for this project.
Firms or organizations wishing to submit a tender for the planning of the public facilities of the former hippodrome site may do so via the Government of Québec’s Système électronique d’appel d’offres (SEAO) online tendering system. The deadline is December 3 at 1:30 p.m.