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Surrey’s Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre honoured as world’s best



Surrey’s new Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre has received three more prestigious international honours for architectural, innovation and technical excellence.

The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre was recognized as the World’s Top Completed Sport Building at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin and the World’s Top Structural Engineering Project as well as category winner for Community or Residential Structures by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) at a ceremony in London.

The WAF honour was presented to local firm HCMA Architecture + Design  for best architecture of a Completed Sport Building at WAF, which showcases the best in global architecture in the past 12 months, with over 350 finalists presenting projects across 32 categories. The IStructE honour was awarded to local engineering firm Fast + Epp. The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering. The international recognition is a testament to many years of successful collaboration between local, innovative firms HCMA and Fast + Epp.

“These latest awards only highlight the world-class facility that we have with the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “I commend and congratulate the tremendous local talents of HCMA Architecture + Design and Fast + Epp for their vision, innovation and for pushing the boundaries in the groundbreaking design of Surrey’s newest aquatic centre.”

These international awards recognize the City of Surrey’s vision to create a destination venue for international swimming events and a dynamic community facility that utilizes local wood, in close collaboration with architects from HCMA Architecture + Design.

In the IStructE’s judges’ deliberations, they “were struck by the undulating roof, which elegantly balances structural form with building use and celebrates the expressed materials. The adoption of timber in catenary permitted a structural depth of just 300mm for a 55m span – a design which defies convention and demanded design excellence.”

The project has received more than 10 top honours to date – Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre has received the 2016 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), the 2016 Schreyer Award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada (ACEC), the 2016 Lieutenant Governor Award for Engineering Excellence from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC), the New Buildings $30 to $100 Million Award from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) in the United States, as well as the Fraser Valley Commercial Building Award of Excellence in the Community Recreational category.

The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre is equipped with a 10-lane, 50-metre pool; universal change rooms and an 836-square-metre fitness area. More information about the aquatic centre can be found here.

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Flash Sale with U-Eight Income Properties in Kelowna




2021 is just around the corner so why not get a head start and make some goals for your financial future? There’s no time like the present to begin your property investment journey.

If you have been searching for an investment-worthy area in BC, look no further than the sunny Okanagan. Just steps from UBC’s busy Okanagan campus and North Kelowna’s business district lies U-Eight, a new development of move-in-ready homes that are perfect for anyone looking to build their investment portfolio. The University District’s appeal is met with an urban atmosphere surrounded by nature’s beauty and enjoyed by the university community, families and professionals alike. This thriving centre is not only rich in arts, culture, and academics, but also on the verge of expansion and growth.

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Now is the time to take advantage of U- Eight’s flash sale from November 21st to 30th. With discounts of up to $50 000, two- bedroom homes will start from $344 900 and three bedrooms from $424 900 during this 10-day sale. Current low interest rates are an advantage for those who want to enter the real estate market in this quickly developing and growing community. Furthermore, demand for rental housing in Kelowna, steady UBC Okanagan enrollment and growing industry add to the favourable investment environment. U- Eight homes are move-in ready so you can begin your income property adventure as soon as possible.

As an income investment property, U- Eight checks all the boxes for liveability. UBC Okanagan’s campus is a 5-minute walk and North Kelowna’s Business District is a short drive away. Commuting is efficient with transit routes and walkable neighbourhoods right at your doorstep and a variety of restaurants, wellness services, boutiques and local specialty shops conveniently accessible. The connection between people and place is visible in the design of the development, allowing for easy modern living while complementing the natural beauty of the region. The U-District is also connected to Glenmore, Lake Country, Winfield and Kelowna International Airport (YLW), allowing you to enjoy the amenities of these neighbouring areas. Many flexible options exist for those with various lifestyles – there’s truly something for everyone.

Invest in U- Eight during this flash sale and begin reaping the benefits of your income property. Connect with U-Eight’s, Terra Shalaby at 604-332-2150 via phone or text. If you are curious and want more information on the U-Eight development please visit

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$16 Million In Federal Funding For Affordable Housing Allocated To Surrey



Surrey, BC – $16.3 million in funding for new permanent affordable housing has been earmarked for the City of Surrey. The injection of money is a result of the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative and will create a minimum of 33 units of new permanent affordable housing in Surrey.

“In order to affect real change in affordable housing, senior levels of government have to step up and partner with municipalities on this front,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.

“That is exactly what the federal government has done with the Rapid Housing Initiative. The projects that will be created by this funding will not only help alleviate some of the pressing needs surrounding affordable housing now, but it will be of great value in positioning us for the future. As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, I am very pleased that Surrey has been identified to receive federal funding from this very worthwhile housing initiative.”

The Rapid Housing Initiative is delivered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the funds can go to cover the construction of modular housing, the purchase of land and the conversion of existing buildings to affordable housing.

“I would like to thank the federal government for stepping up to fund such an important initiative,” said Cllr Laurie Guerra, Board Chair of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society. “This program is indicative of the partnerships we need at every level of government to help solve the affordable housing issue that we face in the Lower Mainland.”

City staff will begin work on an investment plan to outline the proposed capital projects. Upon approval of the plan, construction will be completed within 12 months of the finalization of the funding agreement.

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Continued confidence in Surrey’s residential building sector



Confidence in the residential construction sector remains strong in Surrey as more than $808 million in housing developments were given approval to proceed by Surrey City Council at last night’s  Regular Council – Land Use Meeting.

Projects of note include several apartment towers ranging from 26 to 49-storeys, three dedicated rental apartment buildings, and a live/work residential townhome project.

“It’s no secret that Surrey has always been a desirable place for young families and first-time homeowners looking to get into the market,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.

“Among the new developments, I am especially pleased with the projects that will expand the rental housing stock in Surrey. These new projects approved by Council will bring even more housing options on stream for people looking to call Surrey home.”

Development projects given approval to proceed include the following:

  • 2 high-rise residential towers (45 and 39-storeys) and 11-storey mid-rise rental building (Application number: 7919-0223-00)
  • 32-storey residential apartment building (Application number: 7919-010500)
  • 26-storey market condo and 21-storey rental apartment building (Application number: 7918-0393-00)
  • 13-story rental apartment building and 16-storey market apartment building (Application number: 7918-0443-00)
  • 7 apartment buildings of up to 6-storeys and 55 townhouse units (Application number: 7915-0393-00)
  • Seven, 5 to 6-storey apartment buildings (Application number: 7917-0544-0)
  • 6-storey mixed-use building comprised of 30 market and 70 non-market rental units (Application number: 7918-0450-00)
  • 39 live/work residential townhomes (Application number: 7914-0207-00)

This latest round of development approvals comes on the heels of nearly $700 million in building projects approved by Council this past July.

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$58m Vancouver penthouse tops list of Canada’s most expensive condos



One of the world’s leading condominium real estate platforms has revealed the ten most expensive condos ever sold or listed in Canada, with an 8,000-square-foot Vancouver penthouse worth $58m topping the list of properties. This is followed by another Vancouver condo also situated in Coal Harbour worth $38.88m, and a $35.8m 48th floor penthouse at the Hotel Georgia residences.

One of Canada’s leading condo real estate platforms has revealed that a $58m top floor penthouse in Vancouver is the most expensive condo ever sold in Canada, followed by two more Vancouver properties, worth $38.88m and $35.8m respectively. used its internal data, as well as an array of publicly available data from the last 30 years to curate the list of the ten most expensive properties in the country.

A 8,000-square-foot Vancouver penthouse worth $58m topped the list, followed by another Vancouver condo also situated in Coal Harbour worth $38.88m, and a $35.8m 48th floor penthouse at the Hotel Georgia residences. Canadian households now own $5.7 trillion worth of property assets, according to Statistics Canada, a 300% increase since 2005*. The average price for a condo in Toronto is $574,000**, whilst the average price for a standard house in the city is $1.04m***.

The five most expensive condos ever listed/sold in Canada, and how much they’re worth, are:

  • Coal Harbour 8,000-square-foot Penthouse – $58m
  • Coal Harbour 26th floor 6,670-square-foot Condo – $38.88m
  • Hotel Georgia Residence 48th floor Penthouse – $35.8m
  • Fairmont Pacific Rim Penthouse – $29.9m
  • Four Seasons West Penthouse Toronto – $28m

The full list of the ten most expensive condos ever listed/sold in Canada can be viewed here:

After being built in 2012, the 8,000-square-foot Coal Harbour penthouse was initially sold two years later for $16.6m. The property boasts a selection of four bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus two rooftop terraces and a balcony totalling 4,840-square-feet, as well as a private seven-car parking garage.

Also built in 2012, the second property on the list, a 6,670-square-foot Coal Harbour Condo, takes up the entire 26th floor of the tower it’s situated in, and is the only apartment in the building with this feature. Views from the property span across; the ocean, the mountains, and the Lions Gate bridge. The condo also boasts three terraces, two fireplaces, an indoor pool, and a six car garage space.

PreCondo is Canada’s leading condominium real estate platform, connecting buyers and sellers from around the globe. The site currently hosts more than 650 properties, in 100+ neighbourhoods across the country, and has successfully helped to sell over 700 condos since its launch in 2013.

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Development and Construction Remain Strong in Surrey



More than $692 million in development projects were given the approval to proceed by Surrey City Council at last night’s Regular Council – Land Use Meeting. The projects that were brought forward range from high rise residential towers, rental apartments, townhouses to industrial warehouses.

“With close to $700 million in building projects before Council last night, it’s clear that there is no shortage of confidence in developing and building in Surrey,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey City Council has made it a priority to make sure that planning for our growing city does not halt during COVID-19. Several of the projects given the approval to proceed are along the corridor of the new Surrey Langley Skytrain extension and they align with Council’s Smart Development strategy that calls for new development to coincide with the construction of transit, schools, and other amenities.”

Development projects were given the approval to proceed to include the following:

  • 6-storey apartment building and 162 townhouses (Application number: 7919-0109-00)
  • 2 high rise residential towers and a mid-rise rental building (Application number: 7919-0223-00)
  • 6-storey apartment building and 55 townhouses (Application number: 7915-0393-00)
  • 3-storey rental apartment building and 4-storey rental apartment building containing a combined 104 units (Application number: 19-0168)
  • 4-storey rental apartment building containing 156 units (Application number: 19-0118)
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