Development of the Week: Cape Town Aquarium Expansion

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The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. The Aquarium opened in November 1995 and is currently owned by V&A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Limited and Investec Bank. It is today recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town.

After much planning, discussion, number-crunching and waiting with baited breath,  the construction starts on a brand new large-scale exhibit in 2014. And this is hopefully just the first phase of a long-awaited expansion of the Two Oceans Aquarium.

  • Construction start: 13 January 2014
  • Construction end: End 2014

The following will be key objectives of the project:

  •  The project began way back in 2002 when Lex Fearnhead, the first director of the Aquarium, was still at the helm.
  •  The construction focus on a brand new predator exhibit
  • The new predator exhibit will contain 1.5 million liters of seawater and will be six meters in depth as well as a ten meters complete full tunnel
  • The expansion also include some sub-tropical species as well as species from the southern Cape coast. This means that we can showcase a greater diversity of species from the waters off southern Africa.
  • The new building will go up in the parking area between the Aquarium and the One & Only Hotel. The construction team will move onsite in early January and they aim to open the new exhibit in time for the holiday season at the end of 2014.

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