gh3* wins two UK Civic Trust Awards

John McKenna of gh3*. Photo courtesy Civic Trust Awards / Chris Sharp Photography.


Toronto-based design practice gh3* received two awards at this year’s Civic Trust Awards. The company was honored for their Stormwater Facility project in Toronto, and Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage in Edmonton.

Winning projects were revealed for the 2023 Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards, AABC Conservation Awards and Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design. The Awards Ceremony saw 300 architects, council leaders and built environment professionals from all over the world come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have contributed to communities through their exceptional work in architecture, urban design, planning, public realm and public art.

The Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage (KATG) replaces an aging garage built in the 1960’s. The 50,000 m² KATG facility accommodates approximately 320 workers including bus drivers, bus maintenance staff, administration and supervisory staff, daycare, cafeteria and custodial staff.

Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage (KATG). Photo by gh3*     


It houses 300 buses (regular and articulated), and includes 35 maintenance bays with three undercarriage wash bays and four re-fuel bays with exterior wash bays. It also provides 1 level of employee parking below grade. The Edmonton Transit System (ETS) administrative offices occupy 5,000 m² of the project, which was designed to achieve LEED Silver designation.

The Stormwater Facility (SWF) treats urban run–off from the new West Don Lands development. While the project represents state–of–the–art handling and treatment of stormwater, the design for the facility enclosure and site also elevates the spatial role of the infrastructure, evoking other historic infrastructural works—the R.C. Harris Treatment Plant, the Bloor Street Viaduct, and the Hearn Power Station—whose architectural character has helped define Toronto’s identity. The site, on the northeast corner of Lake Shore Boulevard and Cherry Street, houses a facility comprised of four major elements.

Photo by Adrian Ozimek

Amongst the 2023 winners were a;sp:

  • Annesley Gardens, Dublin, Ireland by Metropolitan Workshop for Seabren Development
  • Compton & Edrich Stands, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Westminster, London by WilkinsonEyre for MCC
  • First Light Pavilion Visitor’s Centre, Cheshire, North West by Hassell & Casson Mann for University of Manchester
  • Olderfleet, Melbourne, Australia by Grimshaw for Mirvac
  • The Bowline at Bowling Harbour, West Dunbartonshire by rankinfraser landscape architecture for Scottish Canals