In May 2007, Lees+Associates was awarded the first phase of a project to renovate two significant heritage areas at “Depot,” the national training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in Regina, Saskatchewan. One of the sites was a small cenotaph area located adjacent to the historic Sleigh Square. Following a heritage assessment, conceptual and final design, renovations to the cenotaph site were completed in the summer of 2009.
The three original limestone monuments now sit on a stepped plinth, illuminated by low level lighting shielded with custom, cast bronze panels. A 2.5 m, rusticated Tyndall Stone wall with limestone coping provides a dignified backdrop. Hand carved stone planters, clay brick paving and flagpoles on decorative cast concrete bases furnish the site. This ambitious renovation has achieved its objective of conveying deep respect for fallen members while providing architecturally appropriate elements reflecting the character, history and values of the RCMP.