13-storey office tower proposed near King George Station in Surrey

Jun 24 2020, 3:30 am

The health and research precinct around Surrey Memorial Hospital could see another sizeable office building addition.

A rezoning and development permit application has been submitted to the City of Surrey for the site at 9711 137 Street — about a five-minute walk from the hospital, and a seven-minute walk from SkyTrain’s King George Station.

The site is currently occupied by a single-family dwelling and two-storey commercial building.

9711 137 Street Surrey

Site of 9711 137 Street, Surrey. (Google Maps)

9711 137 Street Surrey

Site of 9711 137 Street, Surrey. (Google Maps)

The application by Douglas R. Johnson Architect envisions a 184-ft-tall, 13-storey office tower, with 7,800 sq. ft. of retail space within the ground level, 14,300 sq. ft. of medical office space within the second and third levels combined, and over 74,000 sq. ft. of general office space within the levels above.

9711 137 Street Surrey

Artistic rendering of 9711 137 Street, Surrey. (Douglas R. Johnson Architect)

“The Medical District is envisioned in the City Centre plan as a dense medical and health technology office district, having the highest concentration of innovation and health related offices in the City, as well as mixed-use residential and supportive housing,” reads the city staff report.

“Companies will co-locate with a major hospital, health institutions, research and technology firms, a health technology accelerator and incubator centre and research university to create a health tech and innovation focus within Surrey’s downtown.”

Five underground levels will contain 160 vehicle parking stalls.

Altogether, the proposal calls for about 106,000 sq. ft. of total floor area, creating a floor area ratio of 7.2 times the size of the lot.

9711 137 Street Surrey

Artistic rendering of 9711 137 Street, Surrey. (Douglas R. Johnson Architect)

9711 137 Street Surrey

Artistic rendering of 9711 137 Street, Surrey. (Douglas R. Johnson Architect)

The development site is adjacent to Lark Group’s Health and Technology District. The first tower, City Centre 1, was completed in 2014 with 185,000 sq. ft. across 11 storeys, while the second tower, City Centre 2, was built in 2018 with 180,000 sq. ft. across 12 storeys.

The newest addition, City Centre 3, is currently under construction. Upon completion in 2021, the 10-storey building will have 130,000 sq. ft. of office space.

Not including the projects by other developers, Lark Group intends to build out the immediate area with up to eight towers containing up to 1.5 million sq. ft.

For the immediate area surrounding 9711 137 Street, six towers reaching heights of between 20 and 26 storeys are envisioned.