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In Conversation With Niall Collins, President of Great Gulf Residential

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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.

Niall Collins
Niall Collins

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.

357 King West
357 King West, at the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way in Toronto.

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.

Great Gulf executive team
The Great Gulf executive team at the 8 Cumberland groundbreaking.

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.

PORTFOLIO

  • 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

 

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Toronto Fall Home Show 2017

Toronto Fall Home Show – September 15-17, 2017

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Toronto Fall Home Show – September 15-17, 2017

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention” BOOTH # 1319

From September 15 – 17, 2017 at the Toronto Fall Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR at booth # 1319 to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.


BOOTH DESIGNER

A word from Terry Edward Briceland:

“Our obsession is to straddle the fence between mainstream and obscure, blur the lines of masculine and feminine and fuse the dignified with the ridiculous. If it doesn’t evoke emotion or debate, we haven’t done our job or achieved our goal.”

Does he look familiar to you?  He should.  With over 15 years of experience, you have either seen him out and about in Toronto or on your TV screen on shows like ‘Take This House & Sell It!’, ‘Rooms That Rock’, ‘Design Interns’, ‘Disaster D.I.Y.’, ‘Movie Style’, ‘Cityline’, ‘The Marilyn Denis Show’, ‘Divine Design’ and ‘Candice Tells All’.  Some of his designs have also been in Home Décor magazines like ‘RENO & DECOR’, ‘Canadian Home Trends’, ‘House and Home’ and ‘Style At Home.’  And who could forget the 3-page interview in ‘Sew News Magazine’ where he revealed that he sews in his underwear while listening to loud music.


DESIGNER PANEL

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 2 pm

Blissful Bathroom Design – Presented by RENO & DECOR Magazine

Featuring Interior Designers:

Creating a luxury bathroom can be an exciting with the many different options out there today, creating an oasis that is both comfortable and functional can be a daunting task.

Join Toronto Designers Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur at the upcoming Toronto Fall Home show to learn how you can create your own stylish and blissful bathroom.

They will be sharing their favourite products, projects and discuss the latest in bathroom design trends and tips today, to help you create the most luxurious bathroom space you’ve been dreaming of.


Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here and the show’s website: fallhomeshow.com

Friday, September 15 = 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 3 pm – 5 pm

Friday, September 15 = 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Friday, September 15 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

 

Friday, September 15 = 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 10:30 am – 1 pm

 

Friday, September 15 = 11 am – 1 pm

 

Friday, September 15 = 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, September 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm
Sunday, September 17 = 2 pm – 5 pm

 

Saturday, September 16 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 3 pm – 5 pm

Friday, September 15 = 3 pm – 5 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 11 am – 1 pm

Friday, September 15 = 3 pm – 6 pm

 

Saturday, September 16 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 1 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 11 am – 1 pm

 

Sunday, September 17 = 11 am – 1 pm
Friday, September 15 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, September 17 = 11 am – 2 pm

Saturday, September 16 = 1 pm – 3 pm

 


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:

Thanks and see you at the show!



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