745 Thurlow Street


It’s taken a while, (four and a half years since we posted here) but Bentall Kennedy have finally completed their office project on Thurlow Street, a 300′ tall 400,000 sq ft tower that replaced a less than gorgeous parkade beside the Shangri La tower. The rezoning was first approved back in 2008 for the Musson Cattell Mackey designed project. Two years later a slight redesign squeezed an extra floor into the same building envelope. One tenant – the BC Liquor store – moved out of the parkade, but otherwise nothing much happened. Bentall finally confirmed an initial tenant, a law company, and so moved forward. Later SNC Lavalin joined in – now the building is almost fully leased. Completion was going to be ‘by 2015’ – and indeed it was. The office floors are over three times bigger than the MNP West Hastings office tower by Oxford Properties.

In April the public art was debated by the City’s Public Art Committee, and the proposal sounded interesting. Like West Pender Place, a $400,000 budget will create “an architecturally integrated LED artwork ranging across the south and east facades of the building. The placement, programming and arrangement will be developed by the artist in collaboration with the project architects”. We haven’t seen that yet; but the retail space has also leased, so the art is all that remains to be revealed.

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