Redevelopment is in full swing on a downtown Toronto location bordered by Queen, Shuter, Mutual and Dalhousie Streets. The 27-story condominium tower designed by the IBI Group, named 88 North, was home to the first phase. Construction of the next three 88 Queen East Towers from St Thomas Developments is progressing. The new phases will include 27, 28 and 51 floors designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and Architect of Record Turner Fleischer. The tall south tower is slated to be a residential complex for St. Thomas, while the two central towers are slated to be rented by Fitzrovia Real Estate.

Work on the three new towers has been ongoing since mid-December 2019 when the remaining portion of the surface parking lot was closed to make room for construction. At the beginning of 2020, the excavations and excavations were already in full swing. When we checked the status of the project in May last year, the excavations were a few feet below the grade and revealed both pile and caster and caisson wall anchoring systems to hold back the surrounding earth. Angled struts and the first row of tieback rock anchors supported the pit. The digging continued to a depth of four stories, which bottomed out in late 2020 and enabled the installation of the first pair of cranes.

Looking southeast over 88 Queen’s website, picture by forum staff member brianyyz

Since then, two more cranes have been added to participate in the forming process for the underground car park, most recently with the installation of a fourth and final crane last week. The crane installation was carried out using a mobile hydraulic crane parked on an enclosed section of Dalhousie Street.

Crane installation at 88 Queen, picture by forum employee brianyyz

The formation of the underground levels will take a few more months before the trio of new towers emerges. The two specially built rental towers will bring a further 550 houses to the site after their planned completion in mid-2022, while over 530 units are to be built in the southern apartment tower, which is simply marketed as 88 Queen.

Condo Tower at 88 Queen, picture on filing with City of Toronto

Rental towers at 88 Queen, image courtesy of City of Toronto

While work on the next phases is progressing, a new floor was opened next to the completed first phase. The 962 m² public space was designed by the renowned landscape architects Claude Cormier + Associés from Montreal and is paved with radial cobblestones. It has benches, plants and paths that are intended to invite pedestrians. In the new phases, the park is to be connected with future public spaces that extend the design language of the park to the interior of the site and connect with pedestrian stables and public art installations.

New park at 88 Queen, with completed 88 North in the background, picture by forum employee brianyyz

Further information and pictures can be found in our database file for the project linked below. Would you like to take part in the discussion? Check out the related forum thread or leave a comment in the area provided on this page.

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