The Post – QuadReal Property Group is partnering with grocery giant, Loblaw, in launching a 50,000 SF flagship grocery store in ‘The Post’. ‘The Post’ is considered to be among the most ambitious heritage redevelopments in Canadian history as it involves the redevelopment of the Vancouver Canada Post distribution building on 349 West Georgia Street. Going by the name ‘Loblaw CityMarket’, this enormous store will be the largest grocery store on the downtown Vancouver peninsula when it opens on 2022. It will feature farm-to-table offerings, click-and-collect ready made food and other technical innovations.
Central Steam Plant– Plans for a 17-storey office tower, designed by world-renowned Blarke Ingels Group (BIG), have recently been revealed for the Central Steam Plant site at the corner of Beatty Street and West Georgia Street. This new building will include 597,192 SF office, retail and plant operations space. The facade will be made up of triple-glazed, reflective glass and metal panels in a pleated, repeating pattern, with the aim of achieving superior energy performance while maximising daylight. It will be one of the only sites in downtown Vancouver that will be capable of housing office floor plates larger than 30,000 SF and its rooftop will include a perimeter running track, gym, gardens and terrace.
Nature Path – The City of Vancouver has recently approved Nature Path Foods’ proposal to build its new global corporate headquarters next to SkyTrain’s VCC-Clark station. The company’s new HQ will be 10-storeys tall, have a total floor are of 167,492 SF, a ‘cellular’ façade appearance, large open-air rooftop amenity deck and the capacity to accommodate nearly 2,000 workers. This organic food company is currently located in Richmond, which it will vacate once its new Vancouver mass-timber office premises is built at 2102 Keith Drive.
St Paul’s Hospital – The provincial government announced last week that a new St Paul’s Hospital is a go and is expected to open in 2026. The new facility will house up to 548 beds and be the home of provincial programs and referral centres that offer heart and lung care, eating disorders, specialty surgeries and transplants. A diverse range of general and specialised care will be available, as well as access to medical projects like immunotherapy, precision medicine, robotics, virtual reality and 3D printing. The first phase of the St. Paul’s redevelopment project is building a new core hospital. Phase 2 is expected to include a clinical support and research centre.