Steaming Ahead

Completing the next phase of development, Royal LePage Triland Realty
gets set to pull into the London Roundhouse

Photo: Adam Miller and Peter Meyer

ITS SCORES OF salespeople help thousands move every year—into neighbourhoods across the city and beyond. Next month, it’s their turn. Royal LePage Triland realtors based in London will move to their sparkling new home in the London Roundhouse, the next phase in that project’s development.

In keeping with the original Roundhouse development, the 8,500-square-foot space will feature two-storey windows and a glassed-in mezzanine large enough to host a gathering of 80 or so. But it will also include some more traditional office space—private areas where realtors can close deals and speak privately with clients.

“We’re excited to move into this area of Horton Street. It’s being transformed. If we waited five years, we might not be able to afford to be in here” —Adam Miller

“The design is a balance to accommodate the needs of our salespeople,” says Triland owner/broker of record Peter Meyer. “The mezzanine is fantastic. And we have a lot of open spaces. But we need some quieter, more private areas. And then we also have a coffee shop type of meeting area, connected to the kitchen, with high seating and different areas for meeting with clients.”

Triland will merge its two London offices when it moves into the new space November 28. “We’re excited to move into this area of Horton Street. It’s being transformed,” says broker/manager Adam Miller. “If we waited five years, we might not be able to afford to be in here.”

“We’ve built a reputation for attracting ethical salespeople and giving them the best training, support and technical assistance,” Meyer says. “This will help us in all those areas for the next 10 years and beyond.”

Triland has been considering a move for more than five years and chose the Roundhouse when one of its realtors, Roger Caranci, pitched the idea. In addition to all the ­benefits inside, it comes with plenty of parking. The company has about 230 realtors, the majority of whom are based in London. Others work from offices in St. Thomas, Woodstock, Ingersoll and Appin.

“It’s a very cool space,” Meyer says. “It doesn’t look like a real estate office.”

That cool factor was what attracted investment advisor Rob Rice to the Roundhouse space. He is moving his office of nine people into an adjoining portion of the expanded building early next year.

“I’ve always been in an office in a heritage-style home,” says the Sun Life financial advisor. “I like the idea of going ­somewhere new with a modern feel. It signifies new thinking, new ideas.”

The next major phase of development for the London Roundhouse site, owned by Creative Property Developments, is a planned residential high-rise tower.

Triland, meanwhile, plans an official grand opening at the end of November. “We’re looking forward to the new vibe,” Meyer says.   Christopher Clark