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Restoration on an iconic heritage building in downtown Victoria

Project Scope A new concrete walkway to the original entrance of the Fairmont Empress

Location Inner Harbour, Victoria

Project Description

An exposed aggregate concrete pathway made to match the original walkway surrounding the historic Fairmont Empress installed by the professional team at Flintstones.

Project Story



When the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel in beautiful downtown Victoria gained new ownership in 2014, Nat and Flora Bosa planned a major renovation to revitalize the historic landmark. an early-20th-century stone hotel, constructed in the Chateau style, the Empress is a heritage building and a high-volume tourist destination that required careful and considerate planning for renovation.

One facet of the renovation included a new concrete entryway path along the front of the building and reaching down to Government St. Although a large portion of this pathway would be new concrete, it would have to match up with the existing concrete leading around the building. Considering our expertise in concrete and heritage restoration, who better to call than Flintstones?

Our specialized team was brought in to excavate the old deteriorating pathway and construct a new exposed aggregate walkway bordered with beautiful red brick.

The Empress entryway path leads from the original front door of the building down to the busiest tourist area in all of Victoria. Considering the concrete installation took place in the summer time during peak tourism season in Victoria, safety, timelines, and efficient project management and communication were of the utmost importance.

Project Features

  • Exposed aggregate concrete
  • Expansion joints
  • Brick border