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Costs spiral on Rogers' Toronto scheme

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The Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners scheme to overhaul a historic market building in Toronto could be at risk after costs spiralled

Toronto city council will meet later this month to decide whether to approve further work on the designs for the St Lawrence Market North redevelopment.

A report from the deputy city manager to the council said the scheme was now expected to cost $91.5 million (£60million).

This was up from $74.9million in the council’s 2010 capital budget – despite adaptions to the original competition-winning scheme (AJ 08.06.2010), designed in collaboration with Adamson Associates Architects, to keep costs down.

Reworked St Lawrence market scheme by Adamson Associates Architects General Partnership and Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners (2013)

Reworked St Lawrence market scheme by Adamson Associates Architects General Partnership and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (2013)

The report, submitted on 3 June, said: ‘The architect has been unsuccessful to date in developing the winning design within the City’s original program of requirements.

‘Additional funding of $15.293m is required in order to advance the project, despite considerable reductions to the winning design.’  

The amended proposals for the scheme include a reduction from six floors to five; a green roof to be built-in rather than suspended; removal of the target to hit LEED gold; and fixed louvers rather than operable versions.

The report added: ‘The architect has informed the City that there are no further design reduction options available other than further reductions to program space, which is unacceptable to the City.

‘As a result, in order for the project to proceed, additional funding is required. The final project cost estimate will not be known until the architect completes the design development and bid document stages.’

The project will include 14 Courtrooms and JP offices; 250 parking stalls; court and police service administrative offices; an art gallery, a restaurant, and a farmers market area.

The council is due to consider the report on 16 July.

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