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No Small Plans exhibit celebrates excellence in design
GSP Group is proud to sponsor No Small Plans: Award Winning Buildings in Waterloo Region
1984-2014 on exhibit at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. The exhibit is part of the Building Waterloo Region festival exploring the stories and innovation behind several award-winning buildings which have set the standard for creativity in international design. Waterloo Region joins Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal as the Canadian municipalities with the most award-winning buildings, including the Seagram Museum; Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery; Kitchener City Hall; Grand Valley Institute for Women; Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; Centre for International Governance and Innovation Campus; Grand River Aquatic Centre; and Applied Health Sciences. No Small Plans runs until August 31, 2014.
Last shot fired: Marking the Battle of Malcolm's Mills

GSP Group is proud to sponsor the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Malcolm’s Mills. The heritage event in the County of Brant features a re-enactment of the last battle on November 6, 1814 fought on Canadian soil against a foreign power. In the final days of the War of 1812, an American force of about 700 mounted Kentuckians invaded Upper Canada and overwhelmed a body of some 150 militia at Malcolm’s Mills. GSP Group Principal Bill Green, far left, and County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy during an appreciation event for sponsors of the Battle of Malcolm’s Mills re-enactment.

 

Waterloo campus leads unique design process

 

 

The expansion of St. Jerome’s University campus in Waterloo which includes a new academic building and 360-room residence is touted as the first Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) post-secondary educational building project in North America. IPD employs a design process that encourages the owner, architect and constructor to collaborate on design from the beginning of a project to reduce time and costs associated with changes. Read more in the Globe and Mail.

GSP Group is pleased to be part of this IPD. We have been responsible for leading project team discussions and concept development related to the site plan and landscape improvements.

Reinventing Barton-Tiffany

The City of Hamilton retained GSP Group to complete a detailed urban design study of the Barton-Tiffany area of the City’s west harbour. GSP Group presented draft drawings during the latest focus group meeting for input on ways to redesign public space and create guidelines for land use redevelopment in one of Hamilton’s oldest neighbourhoods. Read more about the design concepts being considered.

 

 

 

First phase of Victoria Common takes shape

 

GSP Group together with its development clients, Queensgate Developments and Losani Homes, is excited to see the first phases of the Victoria Common development emerge from the ground in late 2013 as construction began on this defining project. Victoria Common is a comprehensive mixed residential project on a 6 hectare brownfield site near Downtown Kitchener.  Following GSP Group's efforts in attaining planning approvals in 2012 and 2013, the first phases of the development consisting of street townhouses along St. Leger Street and Louisa Street are under construction and are expected to be occupied in Spring 2014.  Work has also begun on the first 4-storey apartment building along Louisa Street. GSP Group continues to work on further planning approvals, including the comprehensive condominium approvals process, in progressing this development.

Heather Holbrook joins GSP Group

GSP Group is pleased to introduce Heather Holbrook as our newest Senior Planner and Urban Designer. Heather is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Urban and Regional Planning. She served as Principal Planner with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo for five years, and most recently as Senior Planner (Urban Design) with the City of Kitchener for almost five years. Her projects have included design advice for the new ION Light Rail Transit system, preparing urban design guidelines for areas throughout the City, processing development applications and Comprehensive Zoning By-law Amendments. Join us in welcoming Heather to our team.

 

GSP Group undertakes urban design study for Barton-Tiffany area of Hamilton

 

A major neighbourhood remediation project is growing in the Barton Street area of Hamilton, and GSP Group is proud to be part of an urban design study to explore opportunities for parks, architecture, places to walk and access to waterfront. Click here for the latest update in The Hamilton Spectator. Join GSP Group during our virtual tour of the neighbourhood.

 

GSP Group is undertaking a Streetscape Master Plan for Downtown Thorold

 

On July 9 a workshop was held to brainstorm on possible streetscape and other improvements for downtown.  Follow the link below for the news story as posted on "What's On Thorold", a community website.

Click here...

 
GSP Group is awarded a Niagara Community Design Award 2012!

GSP Group, in association with RCI Consulting, was honoured to receive a 2012 Niagara Region Community Design Award in the Policy & Plans category for the Beamsville Community Improvement Plan (CIP) and Commercial Façade Design Guidelines. The 2012 awards were a partnership between the Niagara Region and the Niagara Society of Architects.  The CIP sets out to transform the well-established community with realizable priorities and implementation measures. The consultation program for the CIP involved a number of community engagement events, and a Technical Advisory Committee consisting of members of the local business community. Early indications point to a great deal of interest by the business community in using some of the available incentives.

 
Waterloo Public Square was ranked 13 out of the 100 best public spaces, and is the top rated public space in Canada!
 

Follow this link to our Awards Page for more information:

 

 
The Arrow Lofts condominium is nearing completion!
 

Follow the link below to view the stunning entrance and lobby, suites and rooftop lounge, gym and patio.

 

 
Gordon Street Condominium Project

A new condominium is set to enter the market in Guelph at 1291 Gordon Street in the south end. Serene is the name of a new Guelph condominium project from HIP Developments that is changing the condo landscape in the city. Serene Condos offers residents a unique condominium living experience, backing onto the Hanlon Creek Conservation Area. The property offers access to trails and natural areas, while being in close proximity to the University of Guelph and the downtown. 

The building is designed by Quadrangle Architects Limited, recent winners of three awards from the Building Industry and Land Development Association.  The building includes 161 units, a 9,000-square-foot communal terrace for outdoor activities, a penthouse level sun lounge & BBQ area, natural native species landscaping with extensive private walking trails, as well as a connection to the city’s future trail system.

GSP Group Inc. assisted with the planning approvals, including a Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Approval.  The process included a number of technical studies and consultation with municipal staff and agencies to ensure that the development is appropriately situated to ensure the long-term protection of the adjacent environmental features.

   

Smithville Trails and Corridors Master Plan

The Smithville Trails and Corridors Master Plan has been adopted by the Township of West Lincoln Council, providing a foundation for trail and corridor planning over the next 20 years.

 GSP Group worked closely with Township staff as well as local community members to complete the first Smithville Trails and Corridors Master Plan (“TCMP”). The Township, with financial support from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, authorized the undertaking of the TCMP as a basis to plan, prioritize and build community capacity for trails and corridors in Smithville.  A major impetus for the TCMP was the need to respond to pedestrian safety concerns expressed by the students at Smithville Christian High School.

 The Master Plan process included extensive public consultation, including public meetings, stakeholder interviews and a survey of over 500 students (grade 6 to 12). The inclusion of youth in the Master Plan process provided a unique opportunity to understand the strengths, weaknesses and demands for trails and corridors in Smithville.

 The TCMP provides guidance on the planning and development of a comprehensive interconnected trail and corridor system for Smithville.  The trail and corridor system provides a range of opportunities through an on-road and off-road network, to promote active and healthy living.

 

 

   

John/Rebecca Streets Park, City of Hamilton... 

GSP Group has been working with the City of Hamilton to prepare a Master Plan for a new park in Downtown Hamilton.  The new park is bounded by John, Rebecca, Catherine, and King William Streets and is currently utilized primarily for surface parking.  The Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan has designated this entire block as a new park with the intention of supporting and promoting residential development in the area.  As well, the park will incorporate an area to commemorate Hamilton’s Emergency Services.

A series of development principles have been established to guide park design.  GSP Group has recently met with both Staff and Public Stakeholder Groups to review 3 master plan concepts that were prepared for the park. We are currently setting up the next Public Information Centre (PIC #2) and workshop for December 7th, where the concepts will be on display and evaluated.  Please check the City of Hamilton website for more details:

 

http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/PublicWorks/Environment_Sustainable

_Infrastructure/OpenSpace/John+Rebecca+Park.htm

 

1 Adam Street, Kitchener

GSP Group is leading a team of architects and engineers in preparing development plans for the redevelopment of a 6 hectare (15 acre) brownfield site in the Louisa Street/St. Leger Street area, near Downtown Kitchener.  The project will contain a mix of townhouse types, mid-rise apartments, and neighbourhood commercial space in mixed-use buildings.  A central linear park connects the entire neighbourhood and provides a focal point for community activity.  As an “all ages” central greenspace, it will accommodate both organized and informal activities.  The neighbourhood, building and street design promotes alternatives to car travel including use of public transit, cycling, walking and TDM practices. 

GSP Group prepared the “Planning and Urban Design Master Plan” for the development that sets out the overall design framework and guidelines for the development, and is currently coordinating the planning approvals for the development including a zoning by-law amendment and draft plan of subdivision. Planning approvals are anticipated in Spring 2012 with construction following later that year.

Downtown Hamilton

GSP Group is assisting New Horizon Homes and Urban West Developments Inc. with two exciting downtown redevelopment projects in the City of Hamilton: City Square (90 Charlton Avenue) and Urban West (427 Aberdeen Avenue).  Both redevelopment projects have sales successful campaigns and construction is underway!

The projects are indicative of the evolution of Hamilton’s downtown and New Horizon Homes and Urban West Developments Inc. commitment to investment in the downtown area.

For more information:

http://www.newhorizonhomes.ca/

urbanwest_brochure.html

http://www.mycitysquare.ca/

 

 


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