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Coast Capital HQ to anchor King George re-development

Coast Capital HQ to anchor King George re-development
Paul Hillsdon

Coast Capital Savings, Canada’s second largest credit union, is moving its headquarters to Downtown Surrey, anchoring a massive redevelopment on the land south of King George SkyTrain.

This master planned development – King George Station – is being led by PCI Group, the developers behind the controversial transit-oriented Marine Gateway project, as well as the London Drugs building at Broadway and Cambie and the Chapters building at Robson and Howe. The project is being designed by MCMP Architects, best known for their work on the Vancouver Convention Centre West, the Bentall Five, the Great Northern Way Campus, and the Semiahmoo Library.

The project is a multi-phase mixed use office, retail, and residential complex, consisting of 1700 residential units over four towers, and almost 800,000 square feet of commercial space.

COAST CAPITAL SAVINGS CREDIT UNION - Coast Capital's new HQ

Coast Capital will anchor the development, using about 70% of a 180,000 square foot, nine-storey office building. The headquarters, scheduled to open in late 2015, will be designed to meet the organization’s goal to “change the way employees feel about work, forever”. The iconic, LEED Gold building will feature an open layout concept to foster collaboration. It will include a daycare, with preferential enrolment for children of staff, a roof-top lunchroom and deck, a fitness facility, a corporate university, bike storage and showers, and plug-in spots for electric cars.

Coast Capital is currently headquartered in Guildford, with about 70% of staff commuting from South of the Fraser. Pacific Coast Savings, Richmond Savings, and Surrey Metro Savings merged in the early 2000’s to form Coast Capital. As one of the largest private employers in Surrey, the firm has proven to be dedicated to the community with its frequent financial sponsorship of major City events.

The re-development is in its initial review stages. All designs and details are subject to change.

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Comments

  1. shawneen edwards

    well they should stay in Surrey as the credit union started from the Surrey co-op!

  2. Patrick Meehan

    Hey Paul, who developed those promo drawings? Curious what rationale for having the dedicated light rail (streetcar?) right of way there, is it a city owned routing, a push by the city, is the right of way in the design proposal etc.

    • I wouldn’t look too much into the details of the drawings. Only the building design is important at this stage.

    • Tessa

      They’ve also drawn King George Boulevard as a one-way street. Not sure exactly why, but I think Paul is right about the details on this map.

  3. Wow, what’s that theatre to the right of HQ? Artist’s idea or an actual planned venue?

    • Nothing’s final until contracts are signed and shovels are in the ground. I think they’d like to see a theatre but I’m not sure if there’s a market for one yet.

  4. Surrey is in need of another good sized theater. Especially with that many towers in one area. Plus it would finally add something to do at night in central. I remember along time back central was hoping to add one to the mall but it never happened.

  5. shawneen edwards

    when did it change from King George Hwy ?

  6. Tim

    Looks pretty cool. Can they keep the LRT and the BRT too?

  7. Am I the only one who has noticed the new road crossing is now more lined up with 98a ave instead of the cities earlier plan of lining it up and making a new road at 98b ave?