469-ft-tall condo and office tower proposed next to Gateway Station in Surrey

Jun 24 2020, 3:30 am

The cluster of high-density development around SkyTrain’s Gateway Station in Surrey City Centre continues to grow.

Local developer Guildford Brook Estates and architectural firm IBI Group have submitted a rezoning and development permit application to the City of Surrey for 10731 King George Boulevard — the northwest corner of the intersection of King George Boulevard and the future 107A Avenue extension. It is about a four-minute walk from the SkyTrain station.

The site is currently occupied by a vacant parcel, and aging one- and two-storey commercial buildings.

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Site of 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Google Maps)

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Site of 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Google Maps)

The application seeks to redevelop this site into a 469-ft-tall, 46-storey, mixed-use tower with a five-storey podium.

The tower component will contain 415 condominiums, with a unit mix of 74 studios, 111 one-bedroom units, 222 two-bedroom units, and eight three-bedroom units.

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (IBI Group / Guildford Brook Estates)

On the sixth level, residents will have access to 1,942 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space, consisting of a fitness gym, yoga room, amenity party room, lounge, games room, study rooms, and a golf simulator. Adjacent to this common indoor area is the 4,245-sq-ft outdoor amenity space on the rooftop of the podium, featuring an open lawn, outdoor seating, children’s play area, and gardening areas.

As for the podium uses below, there will be 82,441 sq. ft. of commercial space, with retail and restaurant spaces — including a pharmacy — within the ground level facing the 107A Avenue extension, 11,945 sq. ft. of medical office space on the second level, and general office space on the remaining podium levels.

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (IBI Group / Guildford Brook Estates)

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (IBI Group / Guildford Brook Estates)

“The proposed office and commercial uses are in demand and are appropriate for a mixed-use development in the City Centre, providing opportunities for employment, entertainment and service uses,” reads a city staff report.

“As this site is within the Historic District, the commercial podium is designed to permit smaller storefronts with generous windows, between brick-clad pilasters. Along with the office lobby, the high-quality retail frontage will provide active uses along the street, creating interest for pedestrians. The architecture of the proposed development respects the mid-century modern built form of the Historic District with a simple, clean, modern design.”

This area is referred to as the Historic District of Surrey’s emerging downtown, given its significance as the location of Whalley’s Corner gas station nearly a century ago, which was a catalyst for urban development.

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (IBI Group / Guildford Brook Estates)

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Ground-level retail layout for 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (IBI Group / Guildford Brook Estates)

“Vertical elements are introduced to the residential tower as a counterpoint to the horizontal expression of the individual floors and frame the tower, with flared balconies to create additional visual interest. The top floors of the tower are set back to reduce the massing and develop an interesting tower top,” continues the report.

Six underground levels will contain 467 vehicle parking stalls.

The project’s total floor area is 373,680 sq. ft., giving it a floor area ratio density of 11.4 times the size of the 32,300-sq-ft lot.

10731 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of 10731 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (IBI Group / Guildford Brook Estates)

The proponents are aiming to have the redevelopment completed and ready for occupancy by Summer 2025.

Just across the street at 10768 King George Boulevard, the former Flamingo Hotel is slated to become a major redevelopment with three towers containing 1,119 homes and commercial spaces.