Artist's rendering shows what the new seaplane terminal will look like on Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Artist's rendering shows what the new seaplane terminal will look like on Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Victoria council approves changes to floatplane terminal

Construction work not likely to start on project for almost two years

Victoria councillors have given the thumbs up to variances requested for a 5,200-square-foot floating seaplane terminal in the Inner Harbour.

The plans call for the existing terminal, which sits on city-owned land at 950 Wharf St., to be demolished and replaced with a public plaza and other public amenities.

Architect firm Chow Low Hammond designed the new structure, which is expected to cost $4 million.

The plans must still go before the city’s advisory design panel.

Construction likely won’t begin for another 18-24 months, said Randy Wright, senior vice-president of Harbour Air, one of three partners in the project along with Kenmore Air and Westcoast Air.

“It’s been a long road, an education process for me working through the hurdles of city hall. But I’m very excited for Victoria that we can bring in a world-class gateway to the South Island,” he said.

dpalmer@vicnews.com