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October 12, 2011

The proposed Skye Halifax, Nova Scotia project, owned by United Gulf Developments Ltd.

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The two towers of the proposed $350 million Skye Halifax project have been designed to resemble the twin sails of a ship. The mixed-use development in downtown Halifax will include a boutique hotel at podium level.

United Gulf to build 48-storey towers in Halifax

United Gulf Developments Ltd. has unveiled plans for a $350 million, mixed-use project in Halifax, Nova Scotia, designed to reflect the city’s sea-faring traditions and rich maritime history.

The two, 48-storey towers resemble a ship’s twin sails, “that push the seafarer toward the horizon,” says president Navid Saberi.

He said the unique architecture will enhance the city’s reputation as a city of contrasts — one that celebrates its past while embracing its future on the world stage.

Designed by Toronto-based architectsAlliance, the Skye Halifax will house condominiums that are “especially sensitive” to the needs and expectations of the burgeoning Echo Boomer market. Units will be designed to accommodate families, couples and individuals.

The development will include a boutique hotel at the podium level. Retail facilities and restaurants are also proposed. Some 350 to 400 below-grade parking spaces will be provided.

LEED certification will be sought.

Green features include geothermal heating and cooling, green roof terraces, grey-water systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures and elements and non-reflective glass.

Secured indoor and outdoor bicycle storage facilities will be provided. Shower stalls will be installed for the use of commercial and retail tenants who commute to the city by bike.

Patrick LeRoy, United Gulf’s vice-president of operations, said conceptual design has been completed.

Construction is scheduled to get underway before the end of next year.

United Gulf is currently negotiating with three general contractors to construct the project.

“We will employ a construction management team on site to make sure the project is delivered on time and within budget,” LeRoy said.

From a construction perspective, LeRoy said challenges could include recruiting some of the specialized workforce “that will be needed to build a project of this magnitude.

“The project design is well considered and we do not expect any major complications in this area.”

Halifax-based United Gulf has been in business since 1994.

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