Pomerleau wins contract to construct new British High Commission building

New British High Commission
The new British High Commission building will be located next to the High Commissioner’s residence at the Earnscliffe National Historic Site at 140 Sussex Dr. Image courtesy British High Commission

A Quebec-based firm has won a lucrative contract to construct what’s being billed as the “greenest” British High Commission building in the world on Sussex Drive.

Pomerleau will be in charge of the $35-million project to replace the existing High Commission building at 80 Elgin St. The United Kingdom’s new diplomatic headquarters in Ottawa will be constructed next to the British High Commissioner’s residence at the Earnscliffe National Historic Site at 140 Sussex Dr.

The British High Commission says the new building will be constructed using locally sourced recycled materials and will incorporate “state-of-the-art” solar technology. The country’s new diplomatic headquarters will also feature charging stations for electric vehicles and is expected to use up to 40 per cent less water than similar-sized buildings.

The current structure on Elgin Street is now 60 years old, and the High Commission says major infrastructure and ongoing maintenance mean it is “no longer economically feasible to maintain.” The new building is expected to be completed in 2022.