For the 4th year in a row, the Surrey Central ‘Park-it’ pop-up park has returned to Surrey Central Station. This year’s winning submission ‘Polka-Dot / Surrey Spot’ was designed by UBC Landscape Architecture Students Tian Tian and Huan Pan, and is described as:
” an outdoor stage that references a small scale theatre. The design is based on a “spot” idea and uses circles to soften the edges of the skytrain columns, parking lot corners and concrete. The circles appear in every element of the design including benches, piano, ground plane and bar seats. A bench with metal poles can be played like a xylophone. Bright orange, yellow and blue create a colourful and inviting space for pedestrians.”
The space has been getting plenty of attention since opening this week, with people gathering into the night for piano, singing, and a place to sit / eat / socialize. The park will be in place until mid-September.
A quick photo update of the 3 Civic Plaza development in Surrey City Centre which is now starting to dominate the area and skyline. The building has now reached 31 levels in height and will continue to climb until it reaches its final height of 48 stories, by the end of this year.
When complete, the building will be heavily mixed-use, containing a Marriott brand Autograph Collection Hotel, condominiums, office space, a satellite campus of Kwantlen Polytechnical University (KPU), a health club, restaurant, and retail.
UrbanSurrey reported in June that SFU Surrey is moving forward with expansion plans for their City Centre campus which will include a new 5-storey Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering Building at 102 ave and University Drive. Since then, the project has been moving behind the scenes, and is scheduled to be presented to Council for Rezoning and General Development Permit at tonight’s July 11, 2016 council meeting
Design of the building is currently underway by Bing Thom Architects, the same architecture firm who designed Central City and the City Centre Library. At this stage, preliminary renderings have been released which show a main entrance at the corner of 102 Ave and University Dr, with a secondary entrance and grand atrium with staircase fronting onto University Dr. This staircase will provide views into the building from the street, and lead to the building’s main lecture hall. Detailed design of the building will be submitted as part of a detailed Development Permit application after the Rezoning By-law has received Third Reading or possibly Final Adoption. The building will be targeting the LEED Gold standard
For more information and drawings, the City of Surrey Planning & Development Report can be found here:
A quick look at WestStone Group’s appropriately named Ninety-Six development on 96th Avenue at King George Blvd. Scheduled to begin construction this year, the 6 storey building will contain all purpose-built market rental housing units. The project will help to densify and infill Surrey City Centre’s southern boundary along 96th, and provide housing within close proximity to Surrey Memorial Housing, and the emerging Innovation Boulevard District.
The never-ending dig at Weststone Group’s Evolve Condominiums site continues on. Now 6 months in, having started in January, it looks as though there are at least a couple more months to go until the pit is finally cleared, and a crane can be installed likely by late summer / early fall.
When complete in 2018, Evolve will become the 2nd tower after Ultra in Weststone’s West Village neighbourhood. It will feature a 37 storey condo tower, with townhomes at its base, as well as a 3 storey office and commercial podium. The development will also open a new section of 103 Ave, and a new pathway, helping to improve road and pedestrian connectivity in the neighbourhood.