An empty shell currently resting on the northwest corner of Richmond and Peter Streets may not look too lively at the moment, but recent work on the building promises that this heritage structure will soon transform into an office complex for the 21st century, with a gleaming tower rising to 17 storeys above. Wraps which covered the historic structure have recently been taken down, moving Phase I of the development of the Queen Richmond Centre West along smoothly.

Queen Richmond Centre West, TorontoRendering for Queen Richmond Centre West, image by &Co Architects

Allied REIT, best known for converting much of the city's stock of heritage commercial and industrial buildings into appealing office spaces, are developing a 300,000 square foot tower which will rest above the current 4-storey building. Work to allow the overhead additional floors while preserving the facade began in early January.

Queen Richmond Centre West, TorontoWork at Queen Richmond Centre West from January 2013, image by UT forum member hawc

By February the building was entirely wrapped, and work inside went into high gear.

Queen Richmond Centre West, TorontoConstruction of Queen Richmond Centre West, image by UT forum member urbandreamer

With the completion of structural alterations of the heritage building, the wraps were recently taken down.

Queen Richmond Centre West, TorontoQueen Richmond Centre West unwrapped, image by UT forum member Red Mars

The next steps at QRC West include the delivery and installion of the huge X-supports which will carry the new tower over the surrounding five-storey atrium: the monumental &Co Architects design has certainly caught our eye, and we can't wait to see this exciting space come together.

Queen Richmond Centre West, TorontoRendering of Queen Richmond Centre West lobby, image by &Co Architects

The development of the building is aimed at achieving LEED Gold Standards, promising environmentally friendly practices, and resulting in office spaces with innovative designs, benefitting workers by creating a healthy and appealing work environment.

Check back with us for updated reports on Phase I as we watch this exciting project unfold. Visit the Forum thread if you would like to contribute to the discussion, or for a closer look at the various features of the building you can check out our dataBase page; both are linked below. You can always leave a comment on this page too.