Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has launched an international design and delivery contest for a new high-rise central courthouse in Toronto
The project will create a new 25-storey LEED Silver tower consolidating six existing courthouses on a prominent downtown site.
Planned to start on site in 2017, the development is backed by the Ministry of the Attorney General which is working with IO to reduce its operating costs and boost efficiency.
AECOM Canada has been selected planning, design and compliance consultant for the scheme and will work with the winning team to deliver the building.
Shortlisted teams will be invited to draw up proposals in the autumn following an initial requests for qualification (RFQ) round.
The winning team will design, build, finance and maintain the new facility which will remain in public ownership.
Proposals must not obstruct views of the neighbouring city hall (pictured) designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell in 1965 and nicknamed ‘The Eye of the Government’.
Ceiling heights of four metres will be needed for the courtrooms and state-of-the-art video conference and evidence facilities will also be required.
For security reasons only one entrance to the tower – facing south onto the plaza on Armoury Street – will be allowed.
Public realm improvements will furthermore be delivered east and west of the new structure which will be cleared of surrounding street parking.
Ontario is investing $160 billion CAD in new infrastructure over the next twelve years.
The deadline for submissions is 3pm local time (EDT) on 8 July.
How to apply
1 Dundas St West