The project required a multi-disciplinary response to site and area constraints and opportunities including:
- the presence of on-site heritage buildings (Bloor Street United Church)
- construction challenges with the Bloor subway line
- adjacency to Neighbourhoods
- viewshed protection policies for the Knox College
An ambitious building program with a variety of uses including a place of worship and associated administrative offices, retail, commercial and residential required a creative approach to building design and shared facilities.
With leadership from our Community Engagement team, the project was supported by extensive outreach to the community that included, amongst other things, hosting three pre-application community consultation meetings to introduce and discuss the development proposal with the local community and resident association representatives.
A multi-stakeholder working group process provided a forum to explore alternative design solutions and to communicate and resolve site-specific constraints.
We provided strategic planning and urban design advice to overcome key policy and design considerations associated with the area height regime, viewshed impacts and consistency with Tall Building Design Guidelines.
We fulfilled our client’s brief by supporting them through a process that led to a City Council approved, and community supported, mixed-use project with residential units, retail and office space, a multi-faith place of worship, conservation of heritage resources and enhancements to the public realm along Bloor Street West.
Additional community benefits in the form of financial contributions toward affordable housing, community space for seniors and a privately-owned, publicly accessible space (POPS) were also secured.
300 Bloor Street West
Address: 300 Bloor Street West and 478 Huron Street, Toronto
Planning for growth. Building on history.
Creating connections for an emerging community.
Reimagining the public realm.
A collaborative Master planning process for a vibrant waterfront community.
An iconic landmark designed to change a city.
A waterfront community that reaches new heights.
An artful approach to a vibrant new neighbourhood.
Honouring the past to meet the needs of a modern community.
Designed to sustain an engaged community for decades to come.