Pile drivers have arrived onsite, and the excavation process is underway for Toronto's latest downtown office tower and hotel. Great West Life and bcIMC are currently completing the first building in their three-tower Southcore Financial Centre complex, the 26-storey PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower at 18 York Street, while work gets underway for the 30-storey Bremner Tower and 47-storey Delta Toronto Hotel. For an area that was barren for years, it's amazing what has gone on to transform this stretch over the last few. Here's a look at what's to come. 

First up, a straight-up view from the south, the rendered view of line-drawn elevations:

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBICourtesy of bcIMC and Great West Life

Now we go 3D, and sex it up a bit. The two office towers are designed by KPMB Architects, while the Delta Hotel is designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

Approaching the building from York Street, we mostly see the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower on the corner, but the Bremner Tower is in evidence to the west.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

Here we look down on the lower floors of the two office towers and their podium. GO and VIA tracks run in behind.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

Here, a look at the entry area for the 30-storey Bremner Tower.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

Moving just a bit to the west we get a look at the Delta Hotel's courtyard entrance area.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

From west of the project along Bremner, we look back at the Lower Simcoe Street entrance to the hotel.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

And if we back up a bit more, we get an overall look at the project from the west side.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

Whipping all the way around to the north side, this is the view of the complex as it would be seen from Citibank Place across the rail tracks.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

And here we'll close the rendering tour with an overall look at the north elevations:

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBI

One last parting shot though, courtesy of UrbanToronto member Jasonzed. Looking down from the CN Tower on Saturday, Jason caught the earliest stages of work on the site, as pile driving for the excavation is just beginning.

Southcore Financial Centre by bcIMC and KPMB Architects with Steele + Page/IBIImage by jasonzed

What do you think of the complex? What do you think of the whole new downtown south of the rail tracks? Comment below, or join in the discussion in UrbanToronto's thread for the new buildings by clicking the link below.