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Strata office building at Robson & Seymour set to begin construction

The corner of Robson and Seymour will soon be transformed with the addition of a 13-storey office and commercial building.

Avison Young, on behalf of owner Bonnis Properties, has begun marketing the project at 807 Seymour Street, known as The Seymour.

Avison Young says the top three floors of office space have already been spoken for.

Key features include:

  • 13-storey boutique strata office building 
  • constructed to Class ‘AAA’ standards
  • floor plates ranging from 4,464 to 5,819 square feet
  • high ceilings, column free design
  • three outdoor terraces
  • five-storey green wall
  • double height lobby
  • ground floor retail spaces
  • underground parking

Renderings: The Seymour by Bonnis Properties

600 Robson Street project rendering full
Rendering of corner of Seymour Street and Robson Street, with Capitol Residences in background. Credit: Perkins + Will Architects/Bonnis Properties
Office lobby
View from Seymour Street showing office lobby. Credit: Bonnis Development
View from Capital Residences
View from Capital Residences, looking north on Seymour Street. Credit: Bonnis Development
Rooftop office space
View from Robson Street showing ‘rooftop’ office space. Credit: Bonnis Development
View from rooftop office interior
View from rooftop office interior. Credit: Bonnis Development
View from Robson Street looking east
View from Robson Street looking east. Credit: Bonnis Development
Model 600 Robson Street
Building model.

The property at 807 Seymour Street consists of a small one-storey retail building, which will be demolished soon. It was formerly home to a framing/gift shop, cannabis retailer, India Gate Restaurant and Simon’s Bike Shop.

The cannabis shop, City Cannabis, relocated across the street into a unit formerly occupied by 7/11, and in a building also owned by Bonnis Properties. Simon’s Bike Shop has since moved into a retail unit in the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch. 

600 Robson Mar 18 2020
The site as seen on March 18, 2020.
600 Robson Mar 18 2020
The site as seen on March 18, 2020.

Despite the increase in density, the development will result in a wider sidewalk along Robson Street, as well as a new entry plaza and ivy green wall along Seymour Street.

The large red oak trees along Robson Street will be retained, with the building designed to accommodate them. An amenity garden with landscaping on level two will allow the trees to branch out.

Office tenants will also have access to a gym and outdoor terrace on level six. The terrace will include a garden with planted vegetation, providing natural scenery for residents living in the adjacent Capitol Residences building.

The architect, Perkins + Will, says the elevation of the outdoor terrace is designed to match the height of the existing Capitol Residence rooftop garden. “This configuration creates the greatest possible consideration for the existing amenity space in the adjacent building, and demonstrates a considerate approach to development,” according to the design rationale.

The exterior of the building will be clad in a combination of textured metal, cement tile and spandrel glass. 

Bonnis Properties is also behind the revitalization of the former Tom Lee Music building on Granville Street, now home to Spaces co-working office space — which is acting as a temporary office for Deloitte, which will relocate to 400 West Georgia once it’s complete. That building is now known as ‘Deloitte Summit.’

Bonnis is also behind plans to develop a residential building at the corner of Main and Union in Chinatown, on the current location of the Brickhouse and Jimi Hendrix shrine.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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