2023 Award of Merit

Craigflower Community and Performing Arts Centre

Owner: Victoria Highland Games Association  |  Victoria, BC


About the Project

Kenneth McKenzie built Craigflower Manor in 1856, and the site became the main community centre in the area. The Victoria Highland Games Association, the organizer of the local Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival, had envisioned building a new Scottish-themed community centre for many years. The previous cultural hub was the Holyrood House, which had been taken down in the 1990s. After obtaining enough financial support from the public, the $4.37M project turned the dream into reality. The building permit was approved in July 2021, and the rest – is history. Construction began in July 2021, and completed in November 2022. After a year and a half of work, the Craigflower Community & Performing Arts Centre officially opened on January 19th, 2023.


Mass timber was used to create the desired aesthetic. While the reciprocating glulam roof frame supported on steel columns utilizes less material than a conventionally framed roof, it also creates a structural reflection of traditional Celtic knots. While striking, the reciprocated glulam beams also emanate warmth and comfort. The natural stone-clad exterior walls create a natural look to the building, while the impressive ceiling peeks through the windows. The materials were inspired by historic barns and shelters once prominent in the area. The new hall compliments the original Craigflower Manor, while bringing a modern touch.

Regarding the building enclosure, conventional roof assembly with decorative gravel ballast complement the timber and glass structure. The project is targeting a 36% energy savings target relative to the NECB 2015 Baseline. To meet these targets the enclosure incorporates split insulated exterior wall assemblies, and thermally broken aluminum framed fenestration with double glazed insulated glass units.


The hall provides a vibrant community space for visual arts, cultural and heritage activities, such as the traditional Ceilidh dancing. Situated on Admirals Road and Island Highway, the new landmark catches the eye of every motorist passing through the entrance of View Royal and into Saanich. The building reflects the best qualities of the surrounding natural environment, and brings people from all directions together.

Service(s) Provided
Structural Engineering Consulting 
Building Enclosure Consulting 

Project Team (Consultants)
D’AMBROSIO architecture + urbanism
AES Engineering

Avalon Mechanical Consultants Ltd.
LADR Landscape Architects Inc.
On Point Project Engineers Ltd.

Project Team (Contractors)
Knappett Projects


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