Condominium developments have taken centre stage in the race to redevelop Downtown Toronto's former rail lands, but in the up and coming 'Southcore' district, commercial developments are rising in equal numbers. Office buildings and hotels are a vital part of our city's business economy, and bcIMC and GWL Realty Advisors' Southcore Financial Centre and Delta Toronto is soon to add even more life to Bremner Boulevard.
Designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects and KPMB Architects respectively, the 1.4 million square-foot hotel and office complex will add 567 guest rooms and 30 floors of office space to the already thriving community. The Delta Hotel portion on the west side of the development was topped off at 45 storeys a few months ago, and the building now stands as the tallest hotel-only tower in Toronto.
Cladding installation on the Delta is nearly complete, with the tower portion fully glazed in a blue reflective glass accented by a scattering of white panels. Work on the podium's finishes is ongoing, and the ground floor of the development is currently being used as a staging area for construction crews. Once completed, the podium's ground floor will be home to a 230-seat restaurant as well as a lounge boasting another 80 seats on a patio on Bremner Boulevard. Above, and behind the stone-clad screen, will be the hotel's ballroom and function spaces.
The Delta is also awaiting cladding on a portion of the podium's northwestern corner. This is where the development will be joined via a new bridge to the nearby SkyWalk, which connects to Union Station and the rest of the Downtown Core through the PATH system. The bridge should go under construction in the next few months.
The 30-storey Bremner Tower is also topped off now and glazed to the roofline, with ground level cladding also awaiting installation. While the adjacent hotel tower is set back from the street behind a large podium, the Bremner Tower is built out right to the sidewalk of the street for which it is named.
Large canted concrete columns differentiate the lower floors from neighbouring buildings and will help to create a more engaging streetscape along Bremner Boulevard, a busy downtown street which only a few years back was entirely made up of surface parking lots and post-railway use lands.
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