Until we get the time-lapse photography it will be difficult to claim the the Skybridge ever moved exactly – the lift was so slow, it was next to impossible to detect in real time – but over the course of thirteen hours on Monday night and Tuesday morning, the 320 tonne Walters Inc.-built bridge was raised to where it now links the two tallest towers at Concord Adex's Parade condominium complex on Fort York Boulevard in Toronto.

A two-storey span, the lower level will become a party room/lounge facility for residents in the Kohn Pedeseron Fox and Page + Steele/IBI Group-designed Parade. The amenity space will have some glass floor portions, the windows in the underside can be seen in a number of the photos.

The upper level will be split between two suites, a 4,200 square foot suite accessed from the west tower, and a 3,600 square foot suite accessed from the east tower. Each suite will have rooms on three floors where the Skybridge joins the towers.

I took photos over the first half of the night, while UrbanToronto Forum members RC8 (aka Front65), and hawc, as well as Brendan Sack got the terrific shots that start at dawn this morning. Photos by Jack Landau (UT Forum member someMidTowner) pick up the story again at 4 PM Tuesday afternoon, once the bridge was in its final resting spot. We will add some more shots as Forum members upload them.

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 11:16 PM Monday, image by Craig White

Lifting the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 1:14 AM Tuesday, image by Craig White

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 2:57 AM Tuesday, image by Craig White

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 3:07 AM Tuesday, image by Craig White

Lifting the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 3:29 AM Tuesday, image by Craig White

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 6.40 AM Tuesday, image by Front65

Lifting the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 7.00 AM Tuesday, image by Front65

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 8.54 AM Tuesday, image by Brendan Sack

Lifting the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 9 AM Tuesday morning, image by hawc

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 9 AM Tuesday morning, image by hawc

Lifting the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 4 PM Tuesday, image by Jack Landau

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 4 PM Tuesday, image by Jack Landau

Lifting the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge, connections, linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 4 PM Tuesday, image by Jack Landau

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge, connections, linking the towers at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 4 PM Tuesday, image by Jack Landau

Three strand jacks were used by Western Mechanical to lift the Skybridge into place. This Wikipedia article explains how strand jacks operate. 

Lifting the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in Toronto

Strand jacks, used to lift the Skybridge at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 6 PM Tuesday, image by Craig White

Concord's banners will remain on the Skybridge for a couple of months while final attachments and cladding are installed at either end. Parade is a PCL Construction project. UrbanToronto will be back onsite when the Skybridge's interior is revealed later this year.

Raising the Parade condos Skybridge at Concord CityPlace in TorontoThe Skybridge at Parade in Concord CityPlace at 6 PM Tuesday, image by Craig White

Filmmaker Sarah Keenlyside and her team had five cameras trained on the lift from vantage points all around the complex, several set to capture the slow operation in time-lapse. We will be sure to let you know when her editing job is complete so that we can all enjoy the event.

You can view all of the renderings regarding Parade in our dataBase entry, linked below, and join in the discussion in our Parade threads, similarly linked below.