Construction of Lifetime Developments and Ink Entertainment's Bisha Hotel and Residences has reached another milestone, as work on the 41-storey, Wallman Architects-designed hotel and condo tower has progressed enough that the heritage façade preserved and temporarily stored on a southbound lane of Blue Jays Way was moved back to its final position today. It will be incorporated into the new high-rise development and serve as the building's main entrance. 

Bisha Hotel and Residences, Lifetime Developments, Wallman Architects, TorontoBisha Hotel and Residences site viewed from the north, image by Jack Landau

The 1834 façade was originally built as a private residence, before being converted into a girls' school, and more recently, a popular comedy club. Much of the building was demolished in the Spring of 2012 to make way for the new development while the east façade was reinforced before being hydraulically raised and moved several feet to the east later that year.

Bisha Hotel and Residences, Lifetime Developments, Wallman Architects, TorontoHeritage façade at Bisha, image by Jack Landau

The image above shows the heritage façade in its current and final position, while the image below, captured earlier on in the process, shows the façade in the process of being moved back on-site.

Bisha Hotel and Residences, Lifetime Developments, Wallman Architects, TorontoHeritage façade being moved back on-site, image courtesy of Lifetime Developments

This milestone marks the start of a new chapter for Bisha, after a lengthy excavation process hampered by a limited workspace. 

Bisha Hotel and Residences, Lifetime Developments, Wallman Architects, TorontoConstruction at street level at the Bisha site, image by Jack Landau

The move of the heritage façade doesn't just mark a major step forward for the progression of Bisha's construction, but also the flow of traffic through the increasingly congested Entertainment District.There is still work left to do before the lane is reopened to traffic, including the removal of the concrete pad which was used to temporarily support the heritage façade.

Bisha Hotel and Residences, Lifetime Developments, Wallman Architects, TorontoHeritage façade and concrete footing pad at Bisha, image by Jack Landau

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