Work on Victoria’s tallest building begins

Excavators dig up the soil in preparation for construction of the Promontory project in Vic West. Photo © Skyscraper Source Media.

Excavators and drilling machines have arrived signaling the start of construction activity for what will become the City of Victoria’s tallest building.  James Bay’s 1960’s-era 22-storey Orchard House tower has held the title for over 40 years.

The 177 unit, 21-storey Promontory condo tower, phase II of the Bayview Project in Vic West, will stand some 66 meters above the neigbhourhood and become a new beacon for the central core of the south Island.

Construction should take approximately two years with completion anticipated in early 2014.  To-date 77 units, or roughly 44% of available homes, have sold according to sales representative Peter Gaby.

In an odd twist of fate project partner Bosa Properties nixed Victoria in the mid 1990’s over a tumulteous rezoning process for it’s first and at the time only Victoria condo project, The Manhattan (on Yates Street across from The Market on Yates).  After vowing never to return to the City, some 15 years later the company has found itself partnering with Bayview Properties to build Victoria’s tallest tower.

The official groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Monday, January 30th, to celebrate the start of construction.  A groundbreaking planned for January 18th was canceled due to inclement weather.

To stay up to date on the Promontory project, refer to VibrantVictoria’s discussion thread for the project here.  To view the Major Construction Projects entry on Promontory, click here.  For a diagram of Victoria’s tallest buildings, refer to SkyscraperPage’s Victoria skyscraper diagram.

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Gary H

Nov 06, 2013 at 6:10 pm

While the webcam may not show much change, there has been steady progress. Here are some pics from today.

Windows on the upper floor of the townhouses:

Lobby windows!

Parking stair access sun-room?

Yup, looks like the enclosure over the stair access to the parking structure will be all glass - very cool! :thumbsup:

That's a large HVAC system in the distance waiting to be installed on the roof:

It even comes shrink wrapped!

The architectural trellis (to be installed on the roof) has arrived.

Looks like it should have been shrink-wrapped as it got nicked in shipment.


Nov 09, 2013 at 9:27 am

A different view of the two story lobby windows:


Glass being installed in the stairwell enclosures:
I wonder what the enclosure roof material will be?





Nov 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

November 10th, 2013.


Mike K.

Nov 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

That's a great photo, Marko.


Nov 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

Quote: November Th, 2013.


Hi Marko, that's a beautiful picture!!
Do you have an idea of how much an upper floor "A" unit can be rented for?? Yearly, non furnished. Thanks, Teresa.

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