Heritage Dining Room


ICA completed the refurbishment of Novotel Ottawa’s Heritage Dining room in September 2014. The 282 bed hotel is located downtown close to Ottawa’s Convention Centre and Parliament Buildings. The dining room is housed in an old brick building which connects to the more modern hotel via a glazed new-build which forms a courtyard and separate entrance into the Albion Rooms Bar. The brief was to create a destination restaurant, to showcase the talents of a young local chef, in the heart of the Canadian capital. The Client wanted a traditional, warm interior which reflected the heritage of the building and provided the right backdrop for the menu which featured fresh local produce. ICA worked in conjunction with a London based F&B Consultant to ensure the design was aligned with the menu and the local market expectations. The final design showcases a softly lit interior with a casual ambience. Exposed brickwork, Victorian floor tiles and a rich colour palette are complimented by brass detailing and oversized lighting fixtures, the walls are filled with photographs depicting local produce and local producers creating a stunning scheme to be enjoyed by diners and hotel guests. With a construction value of 1.5m Canadian Dollars the project was delivered over a 12-week program. Overcoming logistical issues proved to be a key challenge, however ICA liaised effectively with the client, contractor and US based suppliers to ensure the project flowed smoothly and was delivered on time, on budget and in compliance with local building codes.