Newtonbrook Plaza is no more: its 32,000 m² footprint has been cleared at Yonge and Cummer near Toronto's northern edge. In its place, the early stages of work are advancing for the first phase of M2M Condos from Aoyuan International. Rising at the south end of the site facing Yonge Street, the initial phase of the five-tower, Wallman Architects-designed development will bring a pair of condominium towers atop a retail and commercial base.

Yonge Street frontage at M2M Condos, image by Edward Skira

We last checked in on the site in mid-September, when the final stages of demolition were wrapping up for the former retail plaza, and a drilling rig sitting idle at the rear of the site signaled the imminent start of shoring. In the weeks that followed, additional rigs have arrived and begun drilling boreholes and driving steel piles into the soil for the site's pile and lagging shoring system.

Shoring at the site of M2M Condos, image by Edward Skira

With much of the drilling completed at an impressive pace, the first signs of excavation are visible at the east end of the site, where digging has progressed a few metres below the surface. As crews excavate, horizontal timber lagging is being inserted between the vertical steel beams, retaining the surrounding soil to form shoring walls around the growing excavation site.

Excavation for first phase of M2M Condos, image by Edward Skira

The project’s first phase will anchor the new complex with 34 and 36-storey condominium towers at the south end of the site, bringing the first 541 residential units along with new retail and office space. Residents of these and the future phases will have access to a range of amenities, while a few community amenities are being built too, including daycare and community centres. 

M2M Condos, image courtesy of Aoyuan International

A new City park is also park of the coming transformation of the site.

Additional information and images 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 below.

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Related Companies:  Aoyuan International, Bousfields, Ferris + Associates Inc., McIntosh Perry, Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc., U31, Wallman Architects