Beaudry station is undergoing major refurbishment work, which will continue until March 2020. The station reopened on June 3, 2019
Welcome back to your station!
As originally planned, the station will reopen on June 3, but work will continue until March 2020.
Since last fall, we have performed critical work that could not be carried out with clients present, such as:
- Underpinning repairs on the building
- Refurbishment of the structural slab of the mezzanine
- Demolition of staircases and reconstruction of two of them
- Structural repairs on the roof of the pedestrian tunnel and the roof over the tracks
- Concrete crack injection and sealing
- Installation of a drainage gutter to redirect water from infiltrations
- Replacement of butterfly doors and addition of a wider, motorized door
- Reversal of moving sidewalk motors so both can operate upwards in case one breaks down
- Upgrading of mechanical rooms
From now until next winter, our teams will be working on installing architectural finishes, mainly during the night, to avoid inconveniencing customers.
- Reconstruction of five other staircases
- Installation of architectural finishes (walls, ceilings and floors)
- Roll-out of the new signage
- Improved lighting
- Exterior landscaping
Beaudry project in numbers
- 302 granite steps installed
- 602 new lighting fixtures
- 13,401 ft2 of wall finishing
- 17,706 ft2 of floor finishing
- 141 ft3 of excavated rock to create a technical service room
After eight months of closure, the station will be open to customers once again. As planned, however, it will take until winter 2020 for all of the work to be completed.
During the closure, we carried out critical structural work that would not have been possible with customers present. We planned the work so that customers would be able to return to the station at the start of tourist season. The architectural finishes will be completed gradually and mostly at night so as not to interfere with customers’ travel.
A few days before the reopening, the winners of our social media contest got to have a sneak peek at the station.
The lucky customers went on a guided tour with construction managers. It was a unique opportunity!
The station is undergoing a huge transformation, but its new look will only start to show in the coming months.
We’ll soon be putting in wall finishes and floor coverings, which will highlight the station’s original colours while adding a modern touch.
We’ll also be replacing the waterproofing membrane that covers the station’s underground roof. This work will continue into the fall.
We offer you a backstage tour of the construction site!
Preparatory work for station closure already under way
To get ready for demolition as soon as the station closes, scheduled for October 1, we have already begun night work that has changed the look of the station. We have removed the steel panels that covered the vaulted ceiling over the moving sidewalks. The original concrete shows numerous traces of water infiltrations and efflorescence. The white patches that you see are accumulations of mineral salts deposited by trickling water.
Water infiltrations are normal in underground structures. Transportation in the station remains completely safe. Following the station closure, our teams will spend eight months sealing cracks, channelling water, repairing concrete, etc. When the work is finished, users will be able to admire the station’s original architectural approach, and the exposed, painted concrete will facilitate future maintenance.
It’s the start of a major transformation!
The work site
The entire refurbishment project will take 19 months, ending in March 2020. The station will be closed during one phase lasting eight months. When the station is reopened, there will be a further 10 months of work to be completed in smaller phases.
We are unable to keep the station in operation for the duration of the project due to the scope of the work, the single narrow entrance building, and the station’s particular layout, with its 75-metre pedestrian tunnel.
We are, however, limiting the station’s closure to eight months to prioritize work that cannot be carried out in the presence of customers.
- Replacement of all wall cladding and floor coverings
- Complete reconstruction of the staircases
- Refurbishment of slabs and structural repairs
- Replacement of lighting fixtures
- Roll out of the new family of signage tools
- Replacement of butterfly doors and addition of a larger motorized door
- Reversal of moving sidewalk motors so both can operate upwards in case one breaks down
- Replacement of the waterproofing membrane of the station’s roof under Beaudry Street
- Sealing and drainage of water infiltrations
- Various work upgrading mechanical rooms
- Design coherent with original architecture
- Brighter and more welcoming station
- Improved ventilation
- Improved layout in public traffic areas
- Moving sidewalk versatility
- Integration of universal accessibility features
- Increased sense of safety
- Prolonged useful life of the station’s infrastructure
Absolutely! Thanks to regular, detailed inspections, we perform timely repairs to avoid having to manage urgent situations.
Our architects have created a modern-day version of the original architectural design, while preserving the spirit of the station. The new design marks a return to the original colours, removing all traces of the blue ceramic tile that was installed during a station upgrade in the early 2000s.
Seeing as some of the original finishes were no longer available to be used as samples, our architects delved into archival photos to choose their colour scheme.
When entering the new station, users will be met with a random red and off white pattern — a nod to the optical art (Op Art) style originally used. The pattern will intensify along the walkway towards the mezzanine, with the red taking over in the pedestrian tunnel. The same pattern will also appear in the centre of the platforms.
The remaining spaces will bear the same patterns as the current ones but in more modern shades of white, ivory and warm grey. More black granite will also be added, as it will be used in all the staircases and floor coverings right down to the bottom of the moving sidewalks. Even the seating will be revamped with a colour similar to the one used in the 1960s. Say “Goodbye” to the brown!
The pedestrian tunnel will be stripped of its stainless-steel covering and returned to painted concrete. It will also include a suspended metal ceiling which will house the new lighting fixtures and hide the cables and pipes.
You will love the new design!
The refurbishment work planned for this project includes only the upgrading of the station’s structural and architectural elements. Beaudry station is not part of the first two phases of the accessibility program. Due to its characteristics, the station has been classed as “problematic.” Its low ridership (60th busiest station out of 68) also means that it is not a priority in the medium term.
Originally, the métro stations were not designed to accommodate elevators. To integrate them, we sometimes have to acquire new land, modify zoning, expand existing buildings, refit equipment, and more. The fact that Beaudry is the deepest station in the initial métro system poses an even greater challenge. Its platforms lie 30 metres under De Maisonneuve Boulevard, and its 75-metre pedestrian tunnel (where the moving sidewalks are located) gives it a unique geometry.
In spring 2020, Beaudry’s neighbouring station Berri-UQAM will have elevators installed on its Green line platforms. Berri-UQAM station is located 550 metres from Beaudry station.
A number of criteria influence the order in which stations undergo accessibility work. Transfer and terminus stations are prioritized. The proximity of schools or healthcare institutions is another factor considered.
For more informations, visit /en/info/service-updates/stm-works/next-elevators-expected-metro-system
About Beaudry station
- Beaudry station was not included in the original métro system plans. Instead, a station was planned for the Amherst Street intersection. This plan was later scrapped and replaced by a corridor from Berri-UQAM station. However, this left too great of a distance between Berri-UQAM and Papineau stations, and decision-makers at the time ordered the construction of Beaudry station in 1963.
- By this time, the Green line tunnel was already under construction. It was decided that the access ramp used by the trucks transporting the excavated rock would be used to create the access to the new station. The ramp’s low incline made it impossible to install standard escalators, resulting in the famous moving sidewalks, unique in the system.
- Beaudry station’s platforms are the deepest in the system, sitting 30 metres under De Maisonneuve Boulevard. Users, however, only travel 26 metres between the platforms and the station’s exit, since Sainte-Catherine Street is lower than De Maisonneuve Boulevard.
- It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Beaudry station’s temporary concrete block entrance building was finally replaced by the glass building sporting gay pride colours that we know today.
This work is made possible through funding from the mistère des Transports du Québec.