All images courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge
Following an international design competition, British-based architecture practice Wilkinson Eyre has been chosen to complete an office tower complex at the heart of Toronto’s financial district. The project sees real estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge and Metrolinx – the regional transportation agency for greater Toronto – collaborating on the vast transit-oriented scheme.
The development includes an 250,000 square meter office complex, a larger GO bus terminal intended to reinforce union station’s transit capabilities, and an elevated public park offering a variety of green spaces. Subject to pre-leasing progress, construction could get underway as early as spring 2015, with the bus station set to open three years later. The first office tower will then be completed with the months following the opening of the terminal.
‘We want this project to be iconic for toronto through inspired design and intelligent integration of public transit with green spaces,’ said Daniel Fournier, chairman and chief executive officer, Ivanhoé Cambridge. ‘Our partnership with metrolinx strongly reinforces the attractiveness of our office development project. By working with public authorities on finding smart transit solutions for downtown toronto, we demonstrate how sustainable development can create value for the community and for our future tenants.’
Metrolinx Chair Robert Prichard remarked: ‘we are pleased to be working with Ivanhoé Cambridge to build a new downtown Toronto bus terminal to bring bus and train services to a centralized location, allowing for improved transit options and an improved customer experience. An integrated development that provides transit, improved public space and connects communities is an example of metrolinx’s regional transportation plan to provide travelers with improved connections to more transit.'