Urban Strategies has provided ongoing planning services to Humber River Regional Hospital (HRRH) since it was created in 1997 through the amalgamation of three hospitals in northwest Toronto. After an initial restructuring phase, during which we sought municipal planning approvals for building additions, HRRH recognized the need for a new hospital campus. We undertook a thorough planning and design analysis of a proposed hospital site and prepared preliminary site plan options to understand how well the site met the hospital’s Functional Plan. We also identified and evaluated the suitability of several other locations in northwest Toronto for a single-site hospital development. To assist with land valuations and inform decisions about the future of HRRH’s existing properties, we assessed their development potential through detailed planning analyses.
More recently we worked with the Provincial Government and the Hospital to design a Master Plan for a joint government and health care campus. We developed a number of options for the redevelopment of a site in the Northwest Toronto. The selected concept included street layouts, open space, development blocks and general building heights and densities, ensuring that the physical and functional requirement of both the government and HRRH were satisfied. We have also undertaken several studies to determine the redevelopment potential of surplus sites and surplus lands on larger hospital sites.