Hong Kong-based Brilliant Circle Group (BCG) has chosen a green-tinged architect as it maps plans for a 232-acre development on the Port Moody-Anmore border on the eastern edge of the Lower Mainland.
BCG has hired Peter Busby of Perkins + Will, who is expected to bring an environmentally aware element to the Ioco Townsite lands that BCG purchased two years ago from Imperial Oil.
Busby brought the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system to Canada and founded the Canada Green Building Council, not to mention creating the Sustainable Design Initiative.
He is committed to continuing that theme at the Ioco Townsite.
“It’s a very special piece of land… particularly the context of the land, with its heritage components, the continuity of the land, the significant vegetation on it,” Busby said. “BCG is very interested in a progressive approach and making this a sustainable project, so that attracted me to do the project.”
Busby is taking a holistic view of the site, with options for sustainability features including stormwater capture projects and a district energy system. The goal is to have the project at “the top end of sustainability.”
As for density and building forms, Busby said it’s too early for that.
“There will be a range of density, a range of housing types and a range of building forms,” he said. “We haven’t proposed any massing or numbers in our work.”
Busby’s team is developing a public engagement plan that will be set in motion later this year. They will use that feedback to inform the project design, then approach councils in Port Moody and Anmore — but the latter step is likely a year or more away.