Wellesley Residence

Location
Toronto

Client
Wellesley Central Health Corporation

Date
2008

Overview

The Wellesley Central and Princess Margaret Hospital buildings closed their doors in 1999, under the provincial government’s rationalization of health care services across Ontario. The firm was commissioned by the Wellesley Central Health Corporation to prepare preliminary and detailed Plans for the redevelopment of the former hospital site, and to execute a set of residential, health care, commercial and retail buildings proposed under the detailed Plan.

The redevelopment of this site, located at the intersection of Wellesley and Sherbourne Streets on Toronto’s east side, has transformed this former institutional precinct into a diverse new urban community. Architectural elements include a 120-unit mid-rise facility that will provide constant care for frail elderly and HIV+ residents, a 30-unit townhouse development, and a point-block residential tower anchored on a 4-storey podium for retail and commercial tenants. These architectural elements are grouped around a new City park at the heart of the redeveloped Wellesley site. The residential tower acts as a gateway at the southern entrance of this tranquil new quadrangle, echoing the site’s original orientation and location of a now vanished 19th century manor. The project also entailed the development of on-site storm water management strategies and comprehensive sustainable design standards for component developments.

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Expertise

We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for public and private clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project's life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.
We provide comprehensive support for approvals under the Planning Act that includes: the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to official plans, zoning bylaws and building codes; producing planning applications and planning rationale reports; and representing our clients at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
We prepare comprehensive plans for new communities ranging from high-density urban infill projects in areas subject to intensification, through to responsible greenfield development. Starting with an assessment of the local environment, we develop plans and designs that build on the history of the site, while identifying opportunities for sustainable growth.