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UQAM – Bell tower of the former Saint-Jacques church

Montréal, Québec

2020 Canadian Association of Heritage Consultants (CAHC) Award of Excellence

Photo credits : Vincent Brière


Université du Québec à Montréal

Type of use

Heritage building, emblematic place

Number of floors

Height: 84 m

Year of construction


Work type

Restoration of a heritage building


18,8 M$

Built between 1858 and 1860, Saint-Jacques Church on Sainte-Catherine Street became the property of UQAM in 1973, which then decided to integrate it into the construction of the new Judith-Jasmin Building in 1979. For this purpose, the church had to be partially demolished in 1975, leaving only the bell tower and the south transept, and thereby giving the building its present form.

This bell tower restoration project came at a time when it had not undergone any major restoration since 1933, when the church fell prey to a huge fire that nevertheless left the bell tower intact. In addition to repairing the façade masonry, the work also included excavating and installing a new drainage system, repairing the concrete buttresses and a general consolidation of the bell tower structure through various interventions at different levels of the structure.

For this project, NCK provided complete structural engineering consulting services.