• Port Lands Bridges
    © Grimshaw Architects

Port Lands Bridges

Toronto, Canada, 2021

As the winners of an international design competition along with Entuitive and Grimshaw, sbp has designed six bridges to serve as connections to the new Port Lands development. The bridges are a key infrastructure component of this large-scale revitalization of Toronto's waterfront. Formerly an industrial site, the Port Lands project provides the city with new mixed-use programming and green space for recreation, while also implementing design solutions that provide flood protection and climate resilience.
An aesthetically unified family of three bridges (each twinned to make six total) will provide the Port Lands neighborhood with light rail, vehicular, cycle and pedestrian connections, creating a critical link to downtown Toronto. All bridges are designed as arch structures made of steel with a concrete-steel composite deck. Integrated lighting at night will illuminate the ribs and slender steel shell-like forms, while cantilevered sidewalks will provide unique views during the day. The bridges will become emblematic of Toronto's downtown evolution, with unique and compelling structural forms.

  • Location

    Toronto, Canada

  • Architect

    Grimshaw Architects, New York

  • Cooperation

    Entuitive, Toronto; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York

  • Awards

    2019 Toronto Urban Design Awards, Award of Merit

  • Client

    Waterfront Toronto

  • Contractor

    EllisDon; Cherubini; CIG (fabrication)

  • Our Scope of Work

    concept design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction administration

  • Cherry Street North total length and main span 180 ft (55 m)
  • Cherry Street South total length 360 ft (110 m)
    main span 230 ft (70 m) / width 64 ft (20 m)
  • Superstructure height 33 ft (10 m)
  • width road bridge 67 ft (20 m)
    width LRT bridge 45 ft (14 m)
  • Commissioner Street total length 500 ft (153 m)
    main span 180 ft (55 m) / width 64 ft (20 m)
  • Port Lands Bridges © Stuart Herlt/Cherubini
  • Port Lands Bridges © Stuart Herlt/Cherubini

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