Since our last look at Great Gulf's Yonge & Rich this past spring, work on the 45-storey, architectsAlliance-designed condominium tower—named for its location on Toronto's Richmond Street one block east of Yonge—has picked up pace. At the time of our last update in May, excavation of the project's cavernous seven-level underground parking garage had bottomed out at its west and north ends.

A significant milestone came and went with the installation of a tower crane in July. With the tower crane capable of hoisting machinery and materials in and out of the pit, activity shifted to the removal of the ramp, which has since been reduced to a small mound at the southern arm of the pit's L-shaped footprint. Once the last remaining bits of the ramp are removed, one of the next steps will be the installation of a second tower crane at this location.

Yonge & Rich condos, Great Gulf, architectsAlliance, TorontoFacing south across the Yonge & Rich site, image by Craig White

Further steps are outlined in a 3D construction walkthrough video by builder Tucker Hi-Rise's virtual construction and design platform, TLogic. The video shows that the twin cranes will be used throughout the forming of the tower floors, with each crane working on one of the two tower volumes.

Yonge & Rich condos, Great Gulf, architectsAlliance, TorontoYonge & Rich site viewed from the corner of Richmond and Victoria, image by Craig White

The completed development will bring a boost in Downtown residential density in the form of 669 new condominium units. The suites will come in a mix of 3 studio units, 465 one-bedroom units, 197 two-bedroom units, and 4 three-bedroom units.

Yonge & Rich condos, Great Gulf, architectsAlliance, TorontoYonge & Rich Condominiums, image courtesy of Great Gulf

We will keep you updated as construction continues, and the project begins to make its mark on the streetscape. In the meantime, further information is available via our database file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts? Leave a comment in the space on this page, or join the ongoing conversation in our Forum, where regular photo updates are also posted.