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Surrey City Centre Adds New Medical and Technology Hub

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Surrey is transforming.

There is no doubt about it. 3 Civic Plaza is in the midst of it all.

There is more hustle and bustle, and more change-making businesses are moving into Surrey City Centre.

Why do I say this?

There has been a positive turn in the news in the last few years. Not too long ago, the focus of Surrey news was on the urban sprawl, the taboo topics like drugs, shootings, or various crimes that is commonplace in all cities. Surrey was known as the ugly step sister amidst all of the changes in Metro Vancouver and Greater Vancouver. Now, the media is turning its attention away from those topics as the government, developers, investors, and local residents are beginning to believe in Surrey’s potential to become the urban hub of Greater Vancouver. More and more pieces are falling into place as Surrey, British Columbia, is recognized in Western Canada as a new hub that is attracting international business, technology and medical innovators in commercial developments; more developers are building residential towers; and the government is investing in the city’s public transportation (LRT and revamping SkyTrain stations) to make way for population growth.

It is projected that Surrey will absorb 70% of the entire South of the Fraser population growth over the next 25 years.

Western Investor’s latest news article referenced 3 Civic Plaza recently, and the move-in of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fifth campus. They also highlighted the immense population growth and how Surrey will overtake Vancouver’s status as the largest city in British Columbia. Surrey will lead the way in nurturing employees in sectors like retail trade, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, construction, and transportation and warehousing which are all key to our economic backbone.

To top it all off, they have a brilliant infographic to show for these exciting new changes.

This YouTube video depicts in animation the Planning and Development Department’s plan to urbanize Surrey, with high rises and convenient on the ground transportation. It visualizes how all of these different components connect the larger geographic regions within the City of Surrey.

Finally, this Business in Vancouver article highlights Lark Group’s “Stanford University-type” medical research hub that consists of eight office towers that will be part of the Health and Technology District and plugs Surrey into state-of-the-art connectivity infrastructure. The new addition to the Health and Technology District promises to inject $1.1 billion annually into the local economy and create 15,000 jobs.

Get a head start. Be part of these innovative changes. Live at the Center of it All.

The City of Surrey – The Biggest City in BC’s Future


3 Civic Plaza will be a key component of The City of Surrey’s new downtown area. In fact, Surrey will be British Columbia’s biggest city within a few years. Watch the video from the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association to learn about the exciting new developments that will form Surrey’s newest urban hub, featuring Century Group’s Vice President, Real Estate Development, Joanna Kwan.

We’re excited to be part of it all!

To book a tour of the new marketing centre, please contact Joyce Li at 604 763-5156 or at Century Group’s head office is located on the 25th floor of Central City Tower, at 13450 102 Avenue in Surrey, BC.

3 Civic Plaza and Surrey City Centre

Surrey Named One of World’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities

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The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an economic and social development think tank based out of New York, recently released its list of the “Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015”. We couldn’t be more proud that our very own Surrey, BC made the list!

The top seven communities were chosen from a list of the ‘Smart 21 Communities of the Year’, which was produced by a group of academic analysts back in October. Communities were judged based on economic, social, and cultural development using information and communication technologies.

The purpose of the award is to encourage technologically advanced cities to share they’re innovative technologies so that others may learn from their knowledge and successes. Surrey City Centre is currently going through a major transition and it’s great to have the innovative features of the city  recognized on an international platform.

Each year the finalists are chosen based on a theme, and this year it was ‘The Revolution Community’. The My Surrey App and Innovation Boulevard were deemed particularly innovative by analysts and helped earn Surrey top marks.

More information about the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in an article by the Huffington Post and a video produced by the ITF.

In the News: 3 Civic Plaza featured in The Now Newspaper

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3 Civic Plaza was recently featured in The Now Newspaper, in an article written by Adrian MacNair, announcing the unveiling of our Autograph Collection hotel suites.

The Autograph Collection, part of the Marriott International global portfolio, is an evolving ensemble of independent boutique hotels hand selected for bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. Officially named ‘Civic Hotel at 3 Civic Plaza, Autograph Collection®’, the luxury hotel will boast 144 rooms, a lobby based café, fine dining, fitness and pool facilities, a large convention space, and catering services.

In his opening address to the audience of media representatives and buyers, Sean Hodgins, President of Century Group, revealed that ‘it’s rare that a developer has this kind of opportunity to effect significant change in an established city like Surrey’. We definitely believe this project is going to be a game changer in Surrey, and will help propel Surrey City Centre into the vibrant metropolitan hub Mayor Dianne Watts envisions.

Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, also addressed the audience sharing that she thinks 3 Civic Plaza’s location will be a a huge contributor to the buildings’ success since it will be just steps from the SkyTrain and other transit options.

To read the full article, click here.

In the News: 3 Civic Plaza featured on BuzzBuzz Homes

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Recently a number of new renderings of 3 Civic Plaza were featured on BuzzBuzz Homes!

Some of the more compelling renderings feature the tower’s base and what the structure will look like from the street view looking up. It’s interesting to see renderings from this vantage point, as opposed to aerial views of the towers, because this is the perspective that people will experience daily walking through the plaza once the development is complete.

Other images feature the building’s fantastic amenities such as the yoga studio, concierge service and fitness centre. The article also highlights the private balconies that are part of almost all of the suites, and incredible views of Metro Vancouver that residents will be able to enjoy.

To read the article and see all of the renderings featured in this article click here.

In the News: ‘Creating a city of culture’

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In a recent column by Frank Bucholtz in the Peace Arch News, 3 Civic Plaza was mentioned as a potentially game-changing development in Surrey City Centre. In the article, the columnist quotes Patrick Cotter, one of the architects behind 3 Civic Plaza’s exquisite design, saying that the development was not about ‘responding to the existing context of the area’, but instead about building something for the future.

There is a clear sense of confidence now that Surrey’s City Centre will be the next metro hub in the lower mainland, and soon the run-down area known as Whalley, will be nothing but a distant memory. 3 Civic Plaza was designed by visionaries who saw the potential in Surrey City Centre before many others. When it’s built, the development will inevitably raise the bar for future projects in the area.

The column also discusses how the construction of 3 Civic Plaza is part of a series of key changes in Surrey City Centre that have contributed to this shift. The other key changes mentioned are the Gateway development on 108th Avenue, the new library and the redevelopment of Holland Park, which is now the venue of concerts and events that attract thousands!

To read the full article click here.