A development application has been submitted for a vacant industrial site along the Fraser River in Vancouver, just east of TransLink’s Vancouver Transit Centre bus depot.
Conwest Developments and TKAD Architecture & Design are calling for a new industrial and office complex at 1555 West 75th Avenue, named Riverworks.
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This includes a three-storey building next to the river, with double-height warehouse space on the ground level and two general office levels above. A two-storey building next to the street will have two levels of warehouse space.
Both buildings run parallel, with mews between the structures used for the loading docks.
“The overall form and massing of the project is a functional response to the requirements of the anticipated users. The industrial uses are expressed in durable and economical concrete construction with the south building adding a lighter, more transparent expression being employed for the office floors,” reads the application.
“This lighter expression will consist of a contrasting steel frame clad in glass and metal panels. The long facades of the development along West 75th Avenue are broken into smaller, more human scale elements by the articulation of the recessed entries and contrasting colour.”
Along the edge of the river, there will be an outdoor patio area and a multi-use path.
The total floor area proposed is approximately 80,000 sq. ft. The lot size is 2.8 acres.
The project builds on the developer’s success with Ironworks, another vertical industrial redevelopment completed in 2019, located at 220 Victoria Drive in the Grandview-Woodland area near the port waterfront.
The extreme shortage of industrial space in the region, especially in Vancouver, evident by low vacancy rates and rising rents, has propelled the demand for new industrial developments, including the recent introduction of vertical industrial solutions at several locations.