BENCH Railtown brings modern office space to historic Vancouver neighbourhood

Rendering of the development at 353 Railway Street. Credit: Rendition Developments

An upcoming six-storey office building in Railtown by Rendition Developments is now leasing.

The new building, called BENCH Railtown, will be constructed on a vacant lot at 353 Railway Street. The building will look out over the Port of Vancouver, towards the North Shore mountains.

There will be private balconies on each office floor, as well as underground parking and bicycle storage. Floorplates will range from 5,443 – 6,058 sq ft. and feature exposed concrete floors.

Ceiling heights will be 16′ on the main level, and 14′ on floors two through six.

Justin Omichinski, principal of leasing agency Avison Young, says the building is unique in Railtown.

“The standouts are the private north and south facing patios, the 16′ ceiling height on the main and 14′ ceiling heights on the upper floors, efficient floor plates, a private shuttle to downtown, and the look of the building is stunning from the street.”

The building was designed by Gair Williamson Architects.

“With BENCH, we have set out to maintain the aesthetic of this beautiful industrial area and infuse it with advanced building and technological systems within a contemporary design that complements the original brick and mortar construction of the surrounding buildings,” said Gair Williamson.

Rendering of the development at 353 Railway Street. Credit: Rendition Developments

Rendition Developments is the same development team behind The Maker Exchange, located just a few blocks east.

The company is keen on the area and thinks the projects will attract a wide range of tenants.

“I think it’s going to evolve and expand into an diverse, innovative and staple neighbourhood in Vancouver,” said Brian Roche, president of Rendition Developments.

“There will be an evolution of vibrant, creative groups that can operate, expand and thrive in the core neighbourhood where they originated. In the past, similar type start-ups have outgrown their original space and have had to relocate far outside of the community where they began. In the next five years, groups can now have the opportunity to expand and anchor in a growing and vibrant community such as Railtown.”

“What makes Railtown and the entire neighbourhood unique is its eclectic mix of artists, incubators, tech companies, fashion, interior design and architectural firms,” added Roche.

Map of the location of Bench Railtown. Credit: Rendition Developments

For more information on BENCH Railtown, click here. The building is scheduled to be completed by Q3 2019.