UK firm helps to re-home leading Canadian newspaper

UK-based consultancy Turner & Townsend has been appointed to lead the project and cost management for the new corporate headquarters for one of Canada’s leading national newspapers, The Globe and Mail.

The new building at 351 King St. East in Toronto, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and developed by First Gulf, was named the Globe and Mail Centre after the paper agreed to be lead tenant in the scheme in 2013.

Construction of the 17-storey tower is underway and is scheduled to be complete by January 2017.

The paper’s journalists and staff will occupy the top five floors.

Turner & Townsend said the appointment came after it provided cost management services to find a new site for the media company.

Prior to committing to the First Gulf building, the paper searched for 10 months for a new home after its parent company cancelled plans to build a new tower beside its current location in Toronto’s west side.

"Turner & Townsend relishes the significant challenge of managing design and construction of a building which will accommodate the needs of an evolving media company," said Turner & Townsend director Mark Jones.

"We are working with the project team and liaising with international media companies to understand the rapid changes in digital media."

Photograph: Artist’s render of the Globe and Mail Centre, now under construction (Diamond Schmitt Architects)

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