A growing concentration of high-rise density in Toronto's Bloor-Yorkville area is set to grow even denser as work progresses on Eight Cumberland by Great Gulf and Phantom Developments. Work on the 51-storey condo tower designed by architectsAlliance has been underway since the first signs of demolition were spotted roughly a year ago, followed by an official ground breaking event held in November.

In the months since, work on the site's low-rise Victorian commercial heritage structures has involved demolition of their back ends, and the installation of exterior steel supports to prop up the retained Yonge and Cumberland street frontages that will be incorporated into the new tower's podium. Most recently, crews from the GFL-owned Deep Foundations Contractors have arrived on site to begin work on the site's shoring system.

Panorama of the Eight Cumberland site, image by Forum contributor Benito

A single drilling rig is working its way around the site's perimeter, drilling boreholes deep into the ground for the site's shoring system. During this phase, below-grade retaining walls are being formed that will safely hold back the surrounding soil during the excavation of the site's four-level underground garage.

Eight Cumberland site, image by Forum contributor ProjectEnd

The completed development will rise 170 metres into the Bloor-Yorkville skyline. Eight Cumberland will introduce 371 new condominium units to the rapidly-growing neighbourhood, as well as approximately 1,200 square metres of retail space within the podium levels.

Eight Cumberland, image via submission to City of Toronto

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Great Gulf, McIntosh Perry, NAK Design Group, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc., Phantom Developments, WND Associates Ltd