As a figurative tidal wave of development continues to vertically transform Toronto, few areas of the city have seen the same level of unprecedented change as the downtown district becoming colloquially known as the “Southcore”. This stretch of formerly underused land, located south of the rail tracks, has seen an explosion of commercial and residential development over the last few years, giving new life to this once blighted part of Toronto's cityscape.

Southcore Financial Centre Delta KPMB Page + Steele IBI Group GWL bcIMCDelta Hotel and Southcore Financial Centre rising from the "south core", image by Jack Landau

Amongst the most ambitious projects underway south of the tracks, construction on the second phase of the Southcore Financial Centre and Delta Hotel, under development by Great West Life and bcIMC, is progressing quickly. Rising to the west of the initial first phase 26-storey office tower at 18 York, the 30-storey Bremner Tower office building and 47-storey Delta Hotel are now dominating the Lower Simcoe and Bremner intersection.

Southcore Financial Centre Delta KPMB Page + Steele IBI Group GWL bcIMCDelta Hotel and Southcore Financial Centre at Bremner and Lower Simcoe, image by Jack Landau

As the respective 30 and 47-storey and Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects and KPMB-designed towers continue to rise, the Delta Hotel—now roughly halfway to the top—has particularly captured the attention of our Forum members. Its pentagonal footprint coupled with the unique blue mirror-finished hybrid-curtainwall glazing with randomized white flecking adds a standout aesthetic element the area was certainly lacking.

Southcore Financial Centre Delta KPMB Page + Steele IBI Group GWL bcIMCDelta Hotel and Southcore Financial Centre viewed from 18 York, image by Space

Southcore Financial Centre Delta KPMB Page + Steele IBI Group GWL bcIMCUnique mirror-finish cladding on the Delta Hotel, image by Jack Landau

Located next to major destinations like the CN Tower, SkyDome Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Union Station and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, hotel residents and tenants at the Southcore Financial Centre will have easy access to some of Toronto’s biggest attractions. When completed next year, the Bremner Tower and Delta Hotel will provide an additional of 700,000 square feet of office space plus 566 four-star hotel suites to what is already one of Toronto’s fastest growing communities. 

Southcore Financial Centre Delta KPMB Page + Steele IBI Group GWL bcIMCRendering of the Southcore Financial Centre and Delta Hotel complex, image courtesy of GWL/bcIMC

Looking for more information? A comprehensive collection of renderings and additional facts regarding the Southcore Financial Centre/Delta Hotel can be found on the project’s associated dataBase page, linked below.   To get involved in the discussion, please visit the related forum thread, here, or voice your opinion in the comments section below.