The firm was retained by the Triple Group of Companies to prepare a master plan for their 90 hectare land holding in South Pickering immediately adjacent to Highway 401, along a regional transit corridor planned for Pickering’s Bayly Street and a close distance from the City’s downtown area. The master plan creates the framework for a future major “Tourism Destination” – a term that was coined through the preliminary planning process to describe the assembly of uses being proposed. These uses include a major retail centre, more than 500,000 sq.ft. of office space, three hotels, convention centre, water park, and, potentially, a casino. The master plan also considered the long-term potential for the land’s conversion to mixed-uses with the eventual introduction of residential uses in select areas.
The Durham Live site is characterized by a major natural heritage area in the centre of the site – a Provincially significant wetland. Working closely with Triple Group, the municipality, and the conservation authority, SvN developed a plan the created a definitively urban context with interconnected public spaces that allow for use of the central green space for recreation. The major architectural features also clustered around the wetland area, allowing the broad open space to create a dramatic backdrop visible from the interior spaces of the buildings.
More information and updates on the project can be found on the Durham Live project website.