Almost two and a half years after star-studded ground breaking celebration attended by legendary actor Robert De Niro, the early stages of construction have been advancing at the Entertainment District site of Nobu Residences Toronto. This month, work turned a corner with the first above-grade forming for the paired 45-storey, Teeple Architects-designed towers on Mercer Street, set to bring a combined 660 condominium units and 36 ultra-luxury hotel units in the new Nobu Hotel Toronto. 

The project from Madison Group and Westdale Properties started actual site activity several months after the 2018 ground breaking, starting with demolition and simultaneous facade retention work for heritage components. Shoring activity followed in early 2019, paving the way for a 23-metre-deep excavation that bottomed out by the start of 2020. Next came the installation of a pair of tower cranes, the first in January and the second in July, allowing forming to begin of the site's massive six-level underground that will house vehicle and bicycle parking.

Looking northwest over site of Nobu, image by Forum contributor StephenR

We last checked in on the construction process back at the start of September, when the final underground level was taking shape at the east end of the site, where that area's crane had a six-month head start on the second crane to the west. For that reason, work had lagged behind at the west end of the site, where the lowest P6 level was then taking shape.

Work crossed a big milestone earlier this month, when the first walls and columns began to appear for the ground floor at the site's east end. In the weeks since, the first columns for the 2nd floor have begun above in the form of rebar cages. At the centre of the site, the last bits of the P1 level's east section are taking shape.

Ground floor emerging at Nobu, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

To the west, forming is starting to catch up, with crews now forming the P3 level's western half. After the P2 and P1 level sections that will follow, the west end of the site will join the east end above grade.

Underground levels at west end of Nobu site, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

The towers are set to reach matching heights of 156.66 metres, rising from a conjoined eight-storey podium that will materialize in the coming months.

Nobu Residences Toronto, image courtesy of Madison/Westdale

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