In Conversation With Niall Collins, President of Great Gulf Residential
Fresh off a milestone 2018 filled with multiple industry awards and groundbreakings at signature projects, Great Gulf is poised for another, well, great year in 2019.
From landmark highrise developments in Toronto, to expanding its footprint south of the border, Great Gulf has no plans to rest on its laurels.
We spoke with Niall Collins, president of Great Gulf Residential, to get his take on what lies ahead for this leading developer.
Condo Life: Great Gulf’s tagline is, “At Great Gulf, we do more than just build — we transform.” Please elaborate on what exactly that means.
Niall Collins: We are continuously researching new opportunities to add more value to our products. Investing in innovation is at the core of our business.
CL: Last year was a huge year for Great Gulf – winning Highrise Home Builder of the Year at the BILD Awards, then Builder of the Year at the OHBA Awards of Distinction. What are you doing for an encore in 2019?
NC: Great Gulf is launching three highrise residential projects in Toronto. We’re also starting construction in the spring of La Clara, a luxury condominium building in West Palm Beach; we’re currently building a 10-storey mixed-use, multi-family development in Washington, DC’s vibrant Union Market District; and we’re registering Monde by Toronto’s waterfront.
One-hundred per cent of Great Gulf homes and midrise buildings are being manufactured by H+ME Technology. The entire production process at H+ME Technology is entirely controlled through the complex computer design of every single element of home structures, which are CSA approved.
CL: You had three major groundbreakings in late 2018 – 357 King West, 8 Cumberland and Home at 48 Power. How is the sales pace going for these projects?
NC: Sales are ongoing for all three projects.
CL: And how is construction coming along?
NC: Construction is progressing well with shoring and excavation work well underway on all projects.
CL: 357 King West is interesting in that, being in a downtown location, it includes a bike storage, dedicated bike elevator and wash and repair area. What are some similar inclusions at some of your other new projects that speak to how purchasers live, specific to that area?
NC: We’re a vertical city and should respond to purchasers’ needs. First-time buyers, families and those downsizing will have different requirements. We are building larger units to accommodate families. Home Condominium provides expansive rooftop amenities that people value, creating the experience of outdoor space.
CL: What is the status of the project at the Mirvish+Gehry site at King and Duncan – such as name, notable features and launch date?
NC: The Gehry project will feature the tallest residential tower in Canada at 92 storeys, with the second tower at 82 storeys. It is notable because it also represents the coming home of famous architect Frank Gehry. We are currently working through the building program and will have details available in the near future.
CL: We understand you have a luxury condo planned for the Yonge and St. Clair area? What can you tell us about that?
NC: We are planning a launch this year for the Yonge and St. Clair development. The project, with exterior and interior designed by Siamak Hariri, will feature large luxury units ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 sq. ft. and include large balconies and terraces.
CL: What’s next for Great Gulf, in terms of upcoming projects?
NC: Great Gulf currently has 18 highrise projects being developed across North America. We’re working towards completing permit design and process to start construction on three highrise residential buildings in Dallas and Atlanta.
- 357 King West 357 King St. West, Toronto, Now selling
- 8 Cumberland 8 Cumberland St., Yorkville, Toronto, Now selling
- Monde Queens Quay and Lower Sherbourne, Toronto, Under construction
- One Bloor Yonge and Bloor, Toronto, Now selling
- 401 King & Spadina 401 King St. W., Toronto, Coming soon
- Yonge & St. Clair 1421 Yonge St., Toronto, Coming soon
- Mirvish & Gehry Condos King St. and Duncan St., Toronto, Coming soon
- Spadina 101 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Coming soon
- Home 48 Power St., Toronto, Coming soon