The Lyra Residences Phase 1, is an eight storey condominium building of contemporary design located along the southern flank of Christmas Hill in Saanich, BC. The building is currently under construction and will comprise a reinforced concrete structure with two levels of underground parking.  The sloping terrain required excavation cuts up to a depth of approximately 13 m for the foundation installation which was achieved with unsupported open cutslopes. The building core is supported by drilled caisson groups which also act as tension elements to resist design seismic uplift forces.