CF Toronto Eaton Centre Pedestrian Bridge Opens to Public

We are proud to celebrate the delivery and opening of the new Cadillac Fairview (CF) Toronto Eaton Centre Pedestrian Bridge designed by London-based WilkinsonEyre and led by Zeidler. This project replaces the elevated Queen Street crossing between the Eaton Centre and the Hudson’s Bay building, a bridge that sees over 2 million crossings annually.

The design concept is based on a metaphorical ‘handshake’ between the two buildings it connects. The geometry of the bridge transitions from the circular arches found on the historic Hudson Bay façade into the rectangular forms of the more modern Eaton Centre. The dynamic, twisting motion of the bridge expressed by the unique glass forms and etched bronze panels emphasizes the union of past and present.

Zeidler is proud to be a part of this story and for continuing to work closely with CF since the completion of the Eaton Centre and original bridge in 1977.  For 40 years we have been working with our longstanding client on the revitalization of this Toronto landmark. Zeidler is further upgrading the entrance vestibules and storefronts on the building. We are also currently leading the restoration and expansion of 2 Queen West which will begin in early 2018. The repositioning of this main intersection and of the Eaton Centre enhances the public realm and pedestrian experience, and elevates the amenities of CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Hudson’s Bay, and Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Zeidler is proud to deliver this new civic landmark with our international partners and to continue the legacy of firm’s landmark projects into the 21st Century. According to Zeidler’s Senior Partner-in-Charge, Vaidila Banelis, “this project is the result of an incredible international team with designers from Canada and England, constructors from Canada and Germany as well as material supplied from Canada and across Europe.”

The WilkinsonEyre and Zeidler team include: Construction Manager, PCL Construction; Electrical & Lighting Engineer, Mulvey & Banani International Inc.; Structural Engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers; Mechanical Engineer, Mitchell Partnership Inc; and Facade Consultants, Seele Inc.