Several months after excavation began last summer at the site of GWL Realty Advisors43 Gerrard West, the first work to head back up to the surface is now under way on the 43-storey, IBI Group Architects-designed rental tower. Photos of the site captured this week reveal that the first of the project's six below-grade levels, which include 342 parking spaces to serve the 594 residential units above.

43 Gerrard West, GWL Realty Advisors, IBI Group Architects, TorontoBelow-grade construction underway at 43 Gerrard West, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor G.L.17

A closer look at the image above shows that the first signs of rebar and concrete forms are now in place for the tower's foundation and P6 level at the west end of the site, while excavation wraps up at the east end.

43 Gerrard West, GWL Realty Advisors, IBI Group Architects, TorontoBelow-grade construction underway at 43 Gerrard West, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor G.L.17

An earlier version of the proposal called for a 50-storey tower featuring an avant-garde aesthetic by RAW Design at the southeast corner of Bay and Gerrard. After working closely with City Planning staff to address concerns like the view corridor to Old City Hall, shadows on College Park, and public realm, a redesigned and scaled-back proposal designed by IBI Group was approved in 2014.

43 Gerrard West, GWL Realty Advisors, IBI Group Architects, TorontoRendering of 43 Gerrard West, image courtesy of IBI Group Architects

The building will consist of a 5-storey podium with 38 tower floors and a mechanical penthouse level above. The tower will be clad in a combination of white, black, and reflective glazing, while the podium floors will sport a ribbon of black and rust-coloured framing set against transparent glass.

43 Gerrard West, GWL Realty Advisors, IBI Group Architects, TorontoRendering of 43 Gerrard West, image courtesy of IBI Group Architects

Additional information and renderings of the project can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.