Over a decade ago, the intersection of Richmond and Peter was very different from what it is today. Back in the 1990s, the area was filled with bars and clubs on all four corners, but today you won't find many nightlife establishments here. Instead, major construction projects now dominate what was once clubland, and the hustle and bustle of nightlife has been replaced with a frenzy of construction activity. One of the most prominent projects around this neighbourhood is the new Queen Richmond Centre West by Allied Properties. QRC West is rising fast towards its goal of 17 storeys and, once completed, it will be home to nearly 300,000 square feet of premium office space, including the new headquarters for entertainment company eOne.

Queen Richmond Centre West Toronto Ontario DowntownConstruction underway at Queen Richmond Centre West, image by Jack Landau

Designed by Sweeney &Co Architects and engineered by Stephenson Engineering, QRC West connects the historic warehouse building with a new modern glass structure that is supported by three steel 'delta frames'. The lobby of QRC West will be the crown jewel of this development, with an enclosed space between the old warehouse and the new glass structure at the base that highlights the three structural steel frames. The warehouse has also been restored to its former glory, while being strengthened to hold structural loads of the new building above. 

Queen Richmond Centre West Toronto Ontario DowntownNew addition at Queen Richmond Centre West, image by Jack Landau

Queen Richmond Centre West Toronto Ontario DowntownQueen Richmond Centre West, image by Jack Landau

Over the past few months we have seen most of the historic warehouse outfitted with brand new windows, stripped of its old paint job and cleaned up on the exterior. Currently, workers are completing the upper portion of the 17-storey building's concrete frame. Once the project is completed, QRC West will have large efficient floor spaces for businesses, a spectacular 70-foot ceiling in the lobby, and LEED Gold Certification.

Queen Richmond Centre West Toronto Ontario DowntownQueen Richmond Centre West at terminus of Richmond Street, image by Jack Landau

Queen Richmond Centre West is expected to be complete by mid-2015, revitalizing the corner of Richmond and Peter Streets. For more information about QRC West, head to the dataBase page linked below. Also head to the Projects & Construction Forum thread to read up on decent developments at the site.