In December 2010, McQuarrie Hunter LLP moved to our new office at Central City Tower, Surrey. Central City is located in the heart of BC’s fastest growing city and one of the province’s key transit hubs. We are a downtown law firm for your downtown.
Central City: Surrey’s Downtown
Central City is a mixed-use development that combines over 140 retail stores, restaurants and services with a 560,000 square foot AAA office tower, a 350,000 square foot campus belonging to Simon Fraser University, the Surrey Centre Library, and Surrey City Hall. Each building was designed by acclaimed architect Bing Thom, who focused on weaving together aesthetic beauty with ecological sensitivity. The new Surrey Centre Library is LEED gold certified, lit largely by massive skylights, and features a green roof that captures rainwater and CO2. The new City Hall building is also LEED gold certified and additionally features a community-based energy system that efficiently circulates cool and hot air throughout the building. Connecting these stunning buildings is City Hall Plaza, an outdoor civic square capable of hosting up to 5,000 people for various activities and events.
Central City: Surrey’s Future
Most of the buildings that surround our office tower have been completed since 2010. This accelerated development underscores the tenacity with which private investors and the city of Surrey are attempting to turn Central City into the economic core of the second largest city in BC. In addition to the impressive buildings already on site, there are also a number of projects underway. These projects include new high-rises that are set to be constructed by famed developers Concord Pacific and Bosa as well as 3 Civic Plaza, an ambitious 160-Metre-Tall Sky Scraper, which upon construction will be the second tallest building in the province. Other exciting developments include a future Performing Arts Centre that will house a 1,600-seat theatre and a 30,000 square foot satellite campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Simon Fraser also has been working with the municipal government to increase the number of students that attend their Central City Campus. Although over 5,000 students already frequent classes at SFU Surrey, the university plans on continuing to grow their Central City footprint.
Central City Grows-Up: 3 Civic Plaza
Out of all of the developments currently underway at Central City, the one that is most eye-catching is undoubtedly the planned 160-metre-tall 3 Civic Plaza. The skyscraper will house 353 condomimums, feature five floors of offices, and offer 144 hotel rooms. These hotel rooms will belong to the brand new Civic Hotel by Marriot – the first world-class hotel to be built in Surrey in more than two decades.
Central City: Our Downtown
We have certainly enjoyed being a part of Central City’s development into an economic and social hub. We look forward to watching this thriving community grow.