New Central City 2 tower will be Surrey's second largest office building

Jun 27 2018, 2:33 am

New details and architectural design concepts on one of Surrey’s largest upcoming developments has been released by the developer in its recent marketing materials.

Blackwood Partners Management Corporation announced its project last fall during an event organized by the municipal government, and it entails the construction of Central City 2 – a new 25-storey office tower at the northwest corner of its property at Old Yale Road and King George Boulevard. This proposed site is currently occupied by a retail building with Best Buy and ground-level parking.

The office tower development site at the northwest corner of King George Boulevard and 100 Avenue. (Google Maps)

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2018 artistic rendering of Central City 2 office tower in Surrey. (Blackwood Partners)

According to the market materials, the new tower will have a height of 25 storeys with 512,305 sq. ft. of Class AAA office space and about 20,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail space.

“Situated at King George Boulevard and Holland Park, this graceful and iconic structure will be the south-east gateway to Surrey City Centre,” reads the project’s description.

“Taking formal cues from the elliptical tower 1, the tower offers large, efficient, rectangular floor plates, and spectacular 360° views of Holland Park, Mt. Baker, the North Shore Mountains, and beyond. The distinctive podium allows for easy pedestrian and bicycle access, provides ground floor opportunities for amenities and services, including food and beverage, and retail.”

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2018 artistic rendering of Central City 2 office tower in Surrey. (Blackwood Partners)

Central City 2 Surrey

2018 artistic rendering of Central City 2 office tower in Surrey. (Blackwood Partners)

There will also be significant public realm enhancements, specifically a plaza area that will act as the frontage for the office lobby, restaurants, and retail.

About 900 underground parking stalls are proposed to support the employment generated by the tower, and the future Surrey Newton-Guildford LRT line passes by the site’s City Parkway frontage.

The developer has a goal of achieving a building design that meets LEED Gold or Platinum and Well-Building standards.

Blackwood Partners owns a large site in Surrey City Centre that not only includes the Central City shopping centre and office tower but also the lots between the mall and King George Boulevard. Other tower redevelopments are also envisioned for its ground-level parking lot sites fronting King George Boulevard.

The existing indoor shopping mall could also see redevelopment that would convert it into an outdoor, pedestrian-oriented retail destination.

Existing condition

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Existing condition of the Central City property. (Google Maps)

Future condition

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Future redevelopments on the Central City property. (Blackwood Partners)

If the project proceeds as planned, it will be the largest office development in Surrey since the 2003 completion of the original Central City office tower, with the exception of the 800,000 sq. ft. RCMP E Division Headquarters.

Just one block north of the future Central City 2 is the site of the 626-ft-tall, 55-storey Global Education City Education Mega Centre, which will be the new tallest building in Surrey and the second tallest in Metro Vancouver.

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