Construction info

Revitalization project

The Esplanade Place Ville Marie revitalization project is one of the main cornerstones of Projet Nouveau Centre, an Ivanhoé Cambridge initiative to revitalize downtown Montréal. Projet Nouveau Centre’s mission is to enhance the urban experience in the downtown core. This more than $1 billion investment will reenergize the lives of the area’s occupants (residents, merchants, workers and visitors alike) by reclaiming downtown Montréal’s vital role at the heart of city life. It is built around Place Ville Marie, whose Esplanade will become an urban meeting place and will rediscover its initial vocation as a space for social gatherings.

Thanks to an offering of cultural and experiential activities equal to those found in great international metropolises, Esplanade PVM will celebrate its position as a place for unique exchanges. Complemented with a reimagined commercial and culinary offer, Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to making Place Ville Marie an essential tourist destination in Montréal.

An undertaking of this magnitude requires extensive work. We would like to inform you of some of the upcoming operations that may affect you over the coming months, among others, the presence of barricades impacting the flow of people and vehicles both inside and around the complex.

Major interventions


Esplanade: Development of an imposing glass pavilion measuring 15 metres by 45 metres to replace the four skylights currently on site. The pavilion will offer an exceptional opening to the sky and an unrivaled view of the urban landscape as well as a visually striking entrance leading directly to the food court and Montréal’s underground city.

interior garden

The restaurant space will be completely revisited with the arrival of a brand-new concept at the end of 2019: a gourmet biergarten, Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten. Discover all the details here!

Future Stairs

Access to the Esplanade via McGill College Avenue: The Cathcart Street entrance to the parking garage will be relocated and replaced with a large staircase that leads up to the Esplanade, which will be transformed into an interactive public space. Connecting Place Ville Marie to the central McGill College Avenue axis in this manner will restore the view between Mount Royal and the Esplanade and provide a breathtaking perspective of the surrounding cityscape.

Espace événementiel

Event Venue: Given the more inviting access from McGill College Avenue and René-Lévesque Boulevard and the revamped design, the PVM Esplanade will be more popular than ever with the complex’s tenants, residents of the surrounding area and visitors to the downtown core. The space will feature an appealing program with unique, varied experiences that change with the seasons and in conjunction with the activities in neighbouring parts of the city.

Impacts related to the project

Food court

The entire food court is shut down, for the duration of the project. Between this date and the reopening of this part of the complex, planed for the end of 2019, a variety of dining options is available at Place Ville Marie.

A pop-up food court known as the Comptoir General is now open for business in the premises formerly occupied by Mr. Ma. This offer is available during the revitalization work taking place in the Galerie Place Ville Marie. It counts several unique, fast and tasty restaurant concepts.

Brioche Dorée, Starbucks, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Les Enfants Terribles and the Observatoire PVM “Mange tes légumes” (almost) vegetarian restaurant remain open. We also encourage our clientele to explore the Marché Artisans at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and to take advantage of the food courts at the Montreal Eaton Centre and Central Station, both of which are only a short underground walk away.

Stores and restaurants

The following have been relocated within Place Ville Marie during the last past months:

  • Underworld: next to Femme de Carrière.
  • Les Thés DAVIDsTEA: close to the Papyrus store.
  • Educa-jeux: next to the Ecco store.
  • Starbucks: next to the entrance leading to the Central Station / Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. In front of the Occitane.
  • Moneysworth & Best Cordonnier: next to the Ecco store.
  • Papyrus: now next to Les thés DAVIDs TEA.
  • Orly: now in front of Femme de Carrière.
  • FEDEX now located near the 3 PVM elevators, at the Galerie PVM level.
  • Tristan: the boutique now offers a new concept and is now located between the Orly and Éduca-jeux boutiques.
  • The Murale location has transitioned to a new galerieBEAUTÉ concept, located in the Pharmaprix.
  • Tris Coffin is now located in the corridor leading to the Montréal Eaton Centre.
  • Look Manucure is now located in the corridor leading to the Montréal Eaton Centre.

Parking garage

The parking garage is no longer accessible via the Place Ville Marie food court.

There are therefore three options for entering and exiting the parking garage:

  • The staircase near Browns (1 Place Ville Marie) leads to the first level of the parking garage .
  • The elevators under 5 Place Ville Marie (near Pharmaprix) service the first and second levels of the parking garage
  • The 3 Place Ville Marie elevators (close to the New Fedex store) give access to the first level of the parking garage (see attached plans for details).

New wayfinding signage are placed in the parking garage and the shopping gallery to orient tenants and visitors.

The information booth and the Indigo office remain in the same locations, as well as the two parking garage payment stations. Users can also pay via credit card (Visa and Mastercard) at the two exit tills.

We are undertaking major work to relocate the entrance and exits of the PVM parking garage and build the new grand staircase that will connect McGill College Avenue to the Esplanade.

This part of the project has started on October, 2018 and be carried out in two phases. During the first phase, the Cathcart Street exit of the parking garage will be closed off for approximately 10 months. While this closure is in effect, the entrance is temporarily reconfigured for two-way traffic to allow vehicles to enter and exit the garage. Traffic lights and temporary signage assist Indigo employees stationed at the entrance to guide parking users.

Please contact Indigo at 514-393-3496 if you have any questions in this regard.

Esplanade and vicinity

Construction site requirements and barricades limit circulation on the Esplanade, as shown in the available drawings. Access for people with reduced mobility is temporarily limited while work is underway. We invite individuals requiring assistance to contact the Tenant Services team directly at 514 866-6666 to determine the optimal path to take based on their needs.

We invite our tenants to follow the progress of the renovations under the “News” tab (construction details, activities etc.) within their dedicated section on the website (OCCUPANTS).