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1001 Blanshard Street

This 7,700 sq. ft. adaptive re-use project’s objective was to take a derelict corner across from Victoria’s Royal Theatre and transform it into a vibrant cultural hub that enhances the arts district of downtown, anchors the urban neighborhood for the burgeoning residential population and promotes the talent of local businesses.

The two storey building was demised into four units, all leased to local entrepreneurs. Originally office space, the upper floor was converted into a rooftop restaurant that features an expansive south-facing rooftop patio with views of the heritage façade of the Royal Theatre. The ground floor was converted into three separate retail and office units with a core of common washrooms and shower facilities for tenant use. An architectural feature to note is the steel and glass covered stairway which serves as the main entrance to the second floor restaurant space.

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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
Tel: (250) 385-7766 Fax: (250) 385-8773

Historically speaking

The Commercial Building Awards were started in 1991 by a group of REALTORS® who were concerned that commercial development within the Greater Victoria area was not receiving the recognition it deserved.

The Commercial Building Awards competition is recognized among architects, builders and developers and the real estate community as a prestigious event dedicated to the advancement of excellence in construction and design. Because of its success, the Victoria Commercial Building Awards program is now being emulated by various real estate boards throughout BC and across Canada.

The Commercial Division of the Victoria Real Estate Board is dedicated to advancement in quality developments and to encouraging a better environment within our community and is proud to sponsor this annual competition.