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V&A Waterfront announces R700m ‘Canal District’

New mixed-use district will be home to British American Tobacco SA head office

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The R700 million first phase of a new district at the V&A Waterfront is underway with a corporate head office for British American Tobacco South Africa (BAT South Africa) as the first project in this mixed-use area. Totalling 75 000 m² (or 7.6 hectares), the mixed-use Canal District straddles both sides of Dock Road. The V&A Waterfront’s acquisition of the Amway and Queen’s Hotel buildings in 2014 has a connection to Buitengracht Street. The District as a whole ties strongly into the arterial route that connects the city centre to the V&AWaterfront, and into the main pedestrian route that runs along Dock Road.

The first building in the District, Amsterdam House was designed by dhk architects. The new building is divided into two at the centre, with the multi-national BAT South Africa occupying 8 000 m² in the south wing.

Vincent Pallotti Hospital new Orthopaedic Wing

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The Vincent Pallotti Hospital’s new multi-storey orthopaedic wing and additional 105 parking bays is currently under construction. Project details here

New Cape Town Museum to be housed in the old Standard Bank Building

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The 1880’s Standard Bank Building in Adderly Street will be given a ‘new lease on life’ as the Western Cape Government intents to house the new Cape Town Museum in the heritage building.

“The Cape Town Museum is a new-generation heritage institution that will provide innovative ways for local residents and tourists to interact with the collection. It’s expected that the museum will first be proclaimed as a provincial museum and then become a regional museum for the City of Cape Town metropolitan area.” Read more here

BLOK launches final development  for 2015

Blok’s final development that has just launched for 2015 is TWO16ONHL, the High Level Road apartment project that sees the brand moving in a new direction, targeted specifically at a younger, first-time buyer market. The building consists of 22 compact and thoughtfully designed apartments with shared spaces that will take advantage of the building’s best views in an accessible and desirable location.

The Blok standard of living will in no way be compromised and this is the most exciting part of this launch for the brand. “Blok is about understanding that while price is a huge part of a property purchase decision, it shouldn’t mean compromise,” says Jacques van Embden, MD and co-founder of Blok. “We’ve really pushed the design boundaries in demanding more out of the interior spaces as well as the shared spaces of the building.” Read more here

Cape Town Film Studio is expanding 

Cape Town Film Studio is currently expanding and construction is in the advanced stages. A double stage separated by a 20 ton sound wall and a new workshop are due for completion at the beginning of 2016.  See more here

Work continues at pace at the Century City Conference Centre

Construction at the Century City Conference continues at pace with the buildings around the Century City Square are rapidly taking shape. The Apex, Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, The Annex, and The Matrix are all topped out. The Century City Conference Centre has a total capacity of 1900 guests across 20 venues and is designed for maximum flexibility. The Conference Centre and the 125 room hotel with ground floor restaurants and bistros will front onto a large, bustling square which is destined to become the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City. The new hotel will bring the total number of hotel rooms within easy walking distance of the Conference Centre to 540. Source: Century City Conference Centre and  Vivid Architects

Chevron building on Foreshore set for makeover

According to Bomax Architects, the old Chevron bulding on the Foreshore, adjacent to the new Christiaan Barnard Hospital and near the Media 24 building and CTICC expansion is set for a transformation. It will become the new home of Takealot. Source: Bomax Architects

Manufacturing Technology Centre in Atlantis opens doors for entrepreneurs

Located in the Atlantis industrial hub and occupying 15 000 m2 of factory space, the Manufacturing Technology Centre will lend a helping hand to entrepreneurs to ensure the sustainability of their businesses in the renewable energy/energy saving sector. The R500 000 match funding grant provided by the City in support of this incubation programme will contribute to the City and Western Cape Government industrial incentives to attract companies to base themselves in the Atlantis area. The City has partnered with SEDA to implement project, with the SEDA Atlantis Renewable Energy Business Incubator (SAREBI) being one of 42 incubators supported by SEDA. Read more here


Cape Town e-tolls unlawful: High Court

The tender for the Winelands Tolling Project had been awarded to the Protea Parkways Consortium (PPC). Last month, the City argued in court that the process undertaken by SANRAL to declare portions of the N1 and N2 as toll roads was improper and unlawful.  Judges Ashley Binns-Ward and Nolwazi Boqwana today concurred.The city said in a statement the ruling was a “resounding victory” for the residents of Cape Town and the Western Cape. Should they want to go ahead with the Tolling Project, Sanral would “have to start all over again with a proper public participation process”, it said. “The ruling has significant consequences, given the current economic climate where our residents, and in particular the poor, are already struggling to make ends meet. Read the full article here


Construction at the expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre

The R832m budget for the expansion of CTICC is jointly funded by the venue’s majority shareholders, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Provincial Government.  The main construction contractor started in February of 2015, with work scheduled for completion towards the end of 2016. CTICC East is scheduled to open its doors to the public in early 2017. The CTICC East expansion is part of a broader precinct development, which is set to include a 40 000m² commercial and hotel development alongside a new hospital. Read more here and find more images of construction here Renders:

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New Pwc offices on track at V&A Waterfront Silo Precinct

The new Pwc offices are scheduled for completion in June 2016 with 13,500 sqm of AAA grade office space, and the goal of being rated 4 green stars. The structure is currently far advanced with the roof slab being poured on the northern core. PwC and the V&A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Ltd signed a 9 000m² lease in the Silo precinct. Silo No. 5 is expected to be completed by mid-2016 and will offer over 13 000m² of multi-tenanted office space. The new building follows best practice in terms of sustainability and green building principles, climate control and security. Some of the highlights of this ‘building of the future’ include a district seawater cooling plant, electric car charging points, and bicycle storage facilities. Renders

Read more here Image credits: Gerald Lewis

New development along Cape Town’s Roggebaai Canal

The Yacht Club is a new mixed-use development  (by the Amdec Group) will be located in the Roggebaai Canal Tourism Precinct near to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the Foreshore and directly south of the new multi million Rand cruise liner terminal to be completed in 2017. According to the website “it offers a matchless opportunity for vibrant New Urbanism in Cape Town”. The Yacht Club’s striking nautically inspired design will reflect the heritage its setting.  Set for completion mid-2017, The Yacht Club will include a podium of modern, flexible office space and two towers of urban hotel and apartment living. It forms part of the Port Gateway precinct previously written about here. Read more here

Blok launch SEVENONS

SEVENONS is the newest addition to Blok’s fast-growing Atlantic Seaboard residential portfolio. With only eight apartments in the building, this project offers a sense of exclusivity within the context of a bustling city neighbourhood – something that is true to all of the Blok developments. This development was designed using the concept “layers” which is beautifully translated in the final design; with each storey communicating a different character. The architects, WAUW, believe that this design will add a new architectural expression to the area that is gently nudging the envelope of Cape Town’s existing residential language.

It is set only 800 steps from the Lion’s Head Path, 850 steps to the Sea Point Primary School and a short drive from Cape Town CBD – SEVENONS offers its occupants the opportunity to have the perfect work/life balance.

Read the media release here and visit Blok website here.

Green taxi rank for Nomzamo could go “off the grid”

The City of Cape Town has transformed an informal taxi rank opposite the Nomzamo Community Hall in Lwandle into a sustainable public transport facility with solar panels on the roof, washing facilities for minibus-taxis, kiosks for informal traders, and bathroom facilities for commuters. Following on from the first ever green taxi rank in Wallacedene, Nomzamo’s taxi rank also uses a rooftop solar photovoltaic panel system for electricity generation. There are 68 solar panels on the roof, arrayed at optimum orientation to the sun. The solar panels provide sufficient electricity for the office building and 16% of the entire facility’s electricity during the peak periods, inclusive of the trading kiosks. As is the case in Wallacedene, the taxi rank in Nomzamo will soon be equipped with batteries for the storage of reserve solar electricity to be used at night or on cloudy days, ensuring it can operate completely off the electricity grid. Read more here


R170 million for infrastructure projects in the Voortrekker Road Corridor

The City of Cape Town has allocated approximately R170 million in the current financial year for infrastructure projects in the Voortrekker Road Corridor. The allocation, emanating from the Integrated Cities Development Grant, will be used to unlock opportunities, amongst others, pertaining to employment and education facilities for those living within the Voortrekker Road Corridor (VRC), as well as for affordable, well-located housing which caters for key workers such as nurses and teachers. The Integrated City Development Grant provides the eight metropolitan municipalities with incentives to improve spatial development considerations in their planning and job creation. Currently, in collaboration with the City of Cape Town, the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) are focusing their efforts on the VRC which has been identified as an Integration Zone. The focus of the GTP’s work over the next three years will be on certain key catalytic areas within the Voortrekker Road Corridor such as Bellville and Parow. This includes:

  • Infrastructure and Service Delivery, working on facilitating the provision of affordable housing, the establishment of a student village which meets the accommodation, service and transport needs of students. The GTP also offers prospective investors and developers a support service which aims to facilitate greater and more effective investment and development into the Corridor.
  • The promotion of areas such as Bellville as a desirable destination for people and businesses to settle in. Bellville CBD, particularly the Kruskal Avenue precinct, has the potential to develop into a vibrant and sought after ‘down-town’ which offers residents and visitors a unique cosmopolitan experience which will also attract and meet the needs of approximately 2,500 students and tertiary staff in the area.
  • The promotion of desirable public spaces that already exist and are in the process of being improved. These include specific areas such as Kruskal Avenue in Bellville CBD, the Elsieskraal Green Belt and Jack Muller Park and Elizabeth Parks in Bellville, and the Parow Station Road Precinct.

Exciting activations in Bellville and Parow are underway and will continue to increase over the next 3 years, these include activations such as Open Streets Bellville (4 October 2015), Art in Action, Parow (11 September 2015), and pop-up parklets in the next two months. To find out more about our upcoming activations and longer-term vision for the area visit www.gtp.org.za or like our Facebook page.

Redevelopment of the former BMW Pavilion

7010_1.3_Pavilion HERO copy The redevelopment of the former BMW Pavilion in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront by owners Zenprop will provide approximately 4000m2 of AAA Grade commercial office space over two floors. The existing building was completed in 1994 by dhk and at the time housed a BMW exhibition centre as well as the first Imax theatre in South Africa. The redevelopment respects the integrity of the original design and its prominentV&A Waterfront position. The design preserves the main entrance for the new commercial tenants on Dock Road and creates a secondary entrance for owners Zenprop on the same side, as well as an additional tenant entrance on Beach Road. Office space is located around the central atrium, an original feature, and a new lift core and tenant toilets have been added in a central position. The Beach Road elevation has been enclosed with full height glazing and the existing first floor terrace renovated, maximizing views and bringing daylight to the new office spaces. Additional floor space has been added to the southern corner in the triple volume space which housed the former Imax theatre, and new windows added to this elevation which was previously closed to the street edge. One level of basement parking is accessed from Beach Road, while the lower level of basement parking is accessed from Dock Road. The redevelopment project will be complete in September 2015. More information: www.dhk.co.za and www.zenprop.co.za

Work on progress on The Towers

The Towers (former Standard Bank building), is nearing completion (latter half of September) and work is being concentrated in the lobbies and the atrium in front of the new link building. See more here

Coming soon to Cape Town CBD

Touchstone House is located on the corner of Mechau and Bree Streets in one of Cape Town’s Historic precincts. The original building on the site was built in 1895 as a warehouse and although this was substantially damaged in a fire the original façade was preserved and has been incorporated into the new building. “Aesthetically the new building respects the original building by way of a 5 metre setback. Touchstone House offers elegant yet modern architecture in keeping with the aesthetics of the Foreshore and City Bowl”. Read more here Image Credits: Andre Wessels

Public and private sectors engage at Cape Construction Expo 

Construction workers with blueprints at construction site The Cape Construction Conference and Expo kicked off last week with a high-level panel discussion featuring key players in both the public and private sectors of the local construction industry. The expo revolved around 5 main topics: skills development, building quality, the gap market, implementation delays and reception. Read more here.


Work on progress on the new Zeitz MOCAA


Scheduled for completion in late 2016, Zeitz MOCAA is a new public non-for-profit cultural institution focused on being the first major museum in Africa and a leading museum in the world. Zeitz MOCAA will be over 9,500sqm spread over nine floors and dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora and the enrichment and inspiration of the public. See the updates here.

Manenberg urban transformation

manenberg-upgrades-hires2 Manenberg has been identified as a key area for urban transformation. The community is plagued by gang violence and drug abuse which poses great danger to its development. Imagine a place of safe streets, innovative education facilities, healthcare facilities, and opportunities for training and skills development. Together with the citizens of Manenberg, City of Cape Town has identified focus areas with this vision in mind. Read more here.


Cape Town set for tolling showdown with Sanral

toll-road Cape Town – A long-awaited showdown between the City of Cape Town and Sanral is set to take place in court over proposed tolling in the Western Cape.The city is approaching the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday to have Sanral’s decision to toll sections of the N1 and N2 set aside. Democratic Alliance provincial deputy leader Bonginkosi Madikizela and other party members are set to picket outside the building in Keerom Street to oppose the tolling scheme. About 180km of highway will be tolled should the Winelands Toll Highway project go ahead. Read more here


New units are handed over at Pelican Park

Pelican Park 1 1 500 Breaking New Ground (BNG) units have been handed over to beneficiaries of the Pelican Park integrated human settlements development. The Pelican Park project is integrated across the full spectrum of affordability, with 2 024 totally subsidised homes (Breaking New Ground) being built alongside 760 starter homes (Gap Housing) and 360 higher value homes. The total cost of this development is approximately R700 million, which includes State funding and private investment. Read more here. Credit: City of Cape Town

New MyCiTi trunk route links Dunoon, Century City and Metrorail’s northern line

Century City My Citi bus Station “Approximately 6 km of the 10 km route is along the dedicated bus rapid transit lane – otherwise known as the red road – which is reserved for MyCiTi buses.” The brand new Century City station that has been under construction since March last year at a cost of R34 million, has been paid for by the developers of Centry City. It has curved walls, a curved roof and fascia, as well as a curved ceiling to accommodate shorter bus docking. The station Platform can also accommodate the three different types of bus that are currently operating within the MyCiTi service. Read more here. Credit: City of Cape Town

Work on progress on the new UCT lecture theatre


Building of the University of Cape Town’s exciting new Capex project – the New Lecture Theatre (NLT) – started in mid-November 2014. The new building, which is expected to be completed in early April 2016, will not only supply an additional 400-seater “state of the art” lecture theatre to the University but also a much-needed social space and a gateway to the southern end of Campus. It will include outdoor and indoor social spaces. The lecture venue will be constructed on the vacant site south of the Humanities Graduate School building. Read More here

Plan for R1bn halaal food centre near Cape Town

A R1-BILLION halaal agri-processing food park near Cape Town International Airport or the Cape Winelands is under consideration in the Western Cape. The proposed park will be a cluster of manufacturing and service firms in the halaal industry. Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said the Western Cape government was working in partnership with the Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative and the private sector to develop the park. “The global halaal market is worth 2.3-trillion (R29-trillion). “The proposed halaal park will allow the Western Cape to double our share of that fast-growing market’” Winde said. The target market would be the Middle East and North Africa‚ home to an estimated 20% of the world’s Muslim population.  Read more here.

New vision for Greenmarket Square

800px-Greenmarket_Square,_Cape_TownA proposal for the granting of long-term management rights, proposed over a five-year management period, will enhance the management and coordination of Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall. It will further aid with the potential upgrades of these important public spaces.  Read more here  Photo by Igmar Grewar

Cape Town taxi ranks to get free wifi

Development Update_Free Wifi Free Wi-Fi is being rolled out at taxi ranks in the Western Cape as an expansion of a project to grow internet access throughout South Africa. Project Isizwe announced that commuters at Gugulethu and Khayelitsha taxi ranks will be granted access to free Wi-Fi, as the organisation forges ahead with its programme to connect mainly disadvantaged areas with the internet. Read more here. Credit: Duncan Alfreds, Fin24

Bold plan to transform Manenberg

Thug-life-manenberg Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo promised the residents of one of the most volatile suburbs in the country a R3 billion “skyscraper” medical facility as part of the plan to urbanise the area through the Violence Prevention through, Urban Upgrading project.  Read more here Picture by Henry Trotter.

Work in progress on KMPG foreshore building

IFP_0007 IFP_0001A new R400 million mixed-use tower at the gateway into the Cape Town CBD will house the offices of KPMG and become a beacon for green development in the city. Have a look to the construction progress of the KMPG building. Read more about this development here.  Images: Courtesy of www.infrastructurephotos.com

Facade of the Media24 building is underway

On 4 April 2014 Future Cape Town attended the announcement event for the winner of the Reimagining An Icon Design24 Competition to reimagine the facade of the Naspers Centre in the Foreshore of Cape Town. Have a look to the construction progress of the new facade. Read more about this development here. Images: Courtesy of www.infrastructurephotos.com

‘Green’ Cape Town hotel achieves global first

Hotel Verde Aerial View Hotel Verde in Cape Town has been awarded a second LEED platinum green building certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first hotel globally to achieve a double platinum certification for LEED. It is now one of only six hotels in the world and the only hotel in Africa to receive this accolade. The first platinum certification was awarded in May 2014 for new construction in the green building design and construction category. Read more here and visit the hotel website here

City seeks partner to provide Wi-Fi on MyCiTi buses

The City has issued a tender for a service provider to install and operate a Wi-Fi internet access service on all MyCiTi buses. The purpose is that passengers will be able to connect their own devices to the internet using the Wi-Fi provided on MyCiTi buses. The service will be available on every operating MyCiTi bus at all times whilst in service. Basic use of the service will be free. This means that each passenger will have use of a limited amount of data for a limited amount of time each day at no charge. The minimum no charge data allowance per day per passenger will no be less than 50 MB. It’s been anticipated that the tender process will be completed in the latter part of the year. Thereafter, it is expected that the successful service provider will operate the Wi-Fi access service on a pilot basis for six months, after which Wi-Fi will progressively become available on all MyCiTi routes and buses over the following six months. Read more here

New MyCiTi express service along Table View corridor


Photo by Damien du Toit

A new MyCiTi express service will be launched along the Table View corridor on Monday, 20 July 2015. This service will provide a rapid journey to and from the Civic Centre station during  the peak-hour periods. Preceding the launch, a fleet of new 18 metre, high-floor buses with a capacity of 131 passengers each will be added to the T01 trunk route on Saturday, 18 July 2015. With the new express service, commuters can expect to see an express bus – marked ‘X01a’ – every six minutes at the Wood, Table View, Racecourse and Woodstock stations during the morning peak-hour period. If one then counts the other T01 buses that operate in accordance with the normal T01 timetable, MyCiTi passengers at the Wood, Table View, Racecourse and Woodstock stations will be able to board a MyCiTi bus every three minutes,’ says Councillor Herron.   Read more here

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New Skyscraper for the Cape Town CBD?

There are currently proposals for a “Goldies skyscraper” which is set to add to the CBD skyline. No further details have been unveiled at this stage. Credit: stubles

A new home for the Christian Barnard Hospital in the city centre


The new Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital with 15 Floors and 50 000m² of space will incorporate 250 bed wards, theatres, doctor’s surgeries and consulting rooms with linked retail, a gym and structured parking facility. Read more here Credit:  Fabian Architects

Cape Town’s R180m cruise terminal development to go ahead. V&A Waterfront announced as preferred bidder.

PortGateway_Redeveloped Terminal Artist Impression Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has selected the V&A Waterfront as the preferred bidder for the development of a cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town. The V&A Waterfront would invest about R179-million to finance, design and develop the terminal, which would remain at E berth, Duncan Dock, in the Port of Cape Town. It would operate and maintain the terminal for 20 years, after which it would transfer ownership back to TNPA. Read more here, here and here Also read: 


City of Cape Town aquires AECI land at Paardevlei for future urban development

land-use The City of Cape Town has purchased a 684-hectare piece of land near Somerset West in a bid to help solve the housing headache in the Mother City. The City said in a statement that the Competition Tribunal had approved a transaction between the City of Cape Town and AECI Ltd on Wednesday. The transaction dealt with the acquisition by the City of Cape Town of a 684-hectare piece of land at Paardevlei, Somerset West, for future urban development from AECI Ltd, an explosives and specialty chemicals group. The purchase price was R400m (excluding VAT). In terms of the City of Cape Town’s Regional Spatial Development Framework, the area has been earmarked for mixed use development. Alderman Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of the City of Cape Town said the finalisation of any plans, and any amendments to those plans would require a public participation process. Read here Photo Credit: www.paardevlei.co.za

Special Feature: Guggenheim Helsinki announces winning design

Winner: Moreau Kusunoki Architectes , Art in the City The design of the Guggenheim Helsinki and its woven landscape are based upon a sensitive and sympathetic approach to the context and nature of Helsinki. The design encourages people to flow within a new cultural core that is linked to the rest of the city, through the port promenade and the pedestrian footbridge to the Observatory Park. This flexible access welcomes not only the visitors but also serves as a key cultural destination for the community. The museum skyline is composed by independent volumes, highlighted by a landmark tower. These fragmented art exhibition spaces allow strong integration with outdoor display and events, while the lighthouse offers a new perspective over the city. This new museum concept together with the charred timber façade echoes the process of regeneration that occurs when forests burn and then grow back stronger. Stage 1 Concept Boards | Stage 2 Concept Boards Read more about the winning design here

Iconic 28 key hotel for top floors of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

The Silo 003 The Silo 002 The Silo 001 The Silo is being built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying 6 floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The size of the suites range from Luxury Suites at 41m2 with full height 5.5m glazing to the 120m2 double storey Family Suites, the 132m2 Royal Suites and the Penthouse which extends up to 211m2. Read more here. Our coverage of the Zeitz MOCAA here776_03_Section_MR_ZeitzMOCAA_CREDIT_HeatherwickStudio

Cape Town Station building for train and bus drivers

Makeka Design Lab was appointed, in collaboration (joint venture) with DHK Architects and Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers to design a mess for Cape Town Station. The central site, adjacent to Cape Town Station, offered an existing raised platform above an existing road, with 360 degree views of the cityscape and Table Mountain. The design proposal physically links Drivers Mess to Cape Town Station and opens up onto the main concourse. Drivers Mess provides facilities for train and bus drivers including administrative offices, boardrooms, ablution facilities and locker rooms, canteen and break areas.

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For more information visit Makeka Design Lab here

 World Bank and City Cape Town collaborate on the future of the Athlone Power Station site

Photo Credits: City of Cape Town

A team headed by the World Bank will help the City of Cape Town work on a development strategy for the Athlone Power Station site, five years after the cooling towers were demolished. The site would house a mixed-use development, including residential, commercial, retail and public facilities. A consulting team would be appointed to do the work, while the team headed by the World Bank would work on the development strategy for the site.

Read the full article here and the pre-feasibility study here Image Credit: DanieVDM at flickr.com Also read:

Drawings by Paul Andrew

Construction of media wall at Media24 tower

Construction is underway on the Media24 media wall, as part of the transformation of the iconic Foreshore tower. Work can also be seen on the dramatic new facade structure inspired by the concept of “roots”, signifying Media24’s lasting commitment to the central business district of Cape Town.

Construction photos: Andre Wessels

Work continues at pace at the Century City Conference Centre

Century City Conference Centre

Construction at the Century City Conference continues at pace with the buildings around the Century City Square are rapidly taking shape. The Apex, Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, The Annex, and The Matrix are all topped out. The Century City Conference Centre has a total capacity of 1900 guests across 20 venues and is designed for maximum flexibility. The Conference Centre and the 125 room hotel with ground floor restaurants and bistros will front onto a large, bustling square which is destined to become the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City. The new hotel will bring the total number of hotel rooms within easy walking distance of the Conference Centre to 540. Source: Century City Conference Centre

Groundworks nearing completion at site of CTICC expansion

Read more about the expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre here

 Building the new UCT lecture theatre

Building of the University of Cape Town’s exciting new Capex project – the New Lecture Theatre (NLT) – started in mid-November 2014. The new building, which is expected to be completed in early April 2016, will not only supply an additional 400-seater “state of the art” lecture theatre to the University but also a much-needed social space and a gateway to the southern end of Campus. It will include outdoor and indoor social spaces. The lecture venue will be constructed on the vacant site south of the Humanities Graduate School building. Read More here

 Bellville to Airport Rail link on the cards

A new 4km railway linking Bellville to Cape Town International Airport has been planned in a memorandum of action (MOA) signed by the City of Cape Town and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) yesterday. However, the airport link – identified in the agreement as one of eight infrastructure investment projects for Cape Town – should not be confused with the Cape Town International Airport Rail Link between the city centre and the airport mooted more than three years ago. “This is a different project since it links Bellville with the Cape Town International Airport with a 4km-long rail line link. It will therefore not conflict with the current MyCiTi bus service between the Cape Town central business district and the airport,” said Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for Transport for Cape Town. The rail link between Bellville and the airport is likely to boost the suburb’s bustling CBD.
The parties will jointly explore the development of an alternative financial investment parameter for the Airport Rail Link, which will facilitate investment between the economic zones of Bellville and the airport, and later extend to the east and south-east.”
Read the full article here and read about the Cape Town CBD to Airport rail link here

Mitchell Plain MyCiTi station opened by Mayor

In July last year, the City of Cape Town launched the MyCiTi N2 Express service to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. More than 644 000 passengers have made use of the service since its inception. On Monday, Mayor Patricia de Lille open the newly constructed station and supporting infrastructure at the Mitchells Plain public transport interchange, which represents a R18,5 million investment for commuters in these communities.

  • Construction started in January 2014 and was completed in May, with the additional work to be completed by August.
  • Currently,  six buses operating during peak hours along the N2 Express route for Mitchells Plain and 10 buses operating during peak hour for the Khayelitsha route. Buses are added to the route when the demand arises.
  • When all buses for the N2 Express are operational, there will be a total of 40 buses allocated to the route.

Credits: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town


SIXTY6onK developed launched by BLOK

SIXTY6onK in Kloof Road, Sea Point, is the latest address for Blok, the urban development company bringing city apartment living to Cape Town, one off-plan development at a time. SIXTY6onK is the 5th Blok project that has launched since September 2014, and the second that caters predominantly to families due to the focus on three-bedroomed apartments that the building has.  The proximity to so many good schools and parks, as well as the nearby shops and amenities make Kloof Road a highly desirable and convenient location for parents, and with this in mind SIXTY6onK is designed with a mix of 2 and 3 bed-units.  Out of the 13 apartments, 3 are 3-bed penthouses, 3 are 2-beds and the remaining 7 are 3-bed apartments. The site offered WAUW, the architects behind the breathtaking Blok designs, a unique challenge in that the plot size meant some creative planning was required in order to maximize the allocated space and ensure each apartment is as expansive and comfortable as possible.  The solution was to design the building in two distinct parts.  The one being far more grounded and aligned with the street (lower 4 levels), and the top (5th – 7th) floors aligned with the boundary edges and twisted to fit the surrounding context, but with a far lighter, floating feel. SIXTY6onK construction begins in early 2016, with occupation set from 1st April 2017. Read more here

Triangle House to become a hotel

20140127-DSCF0695 Triangle House_dhk_photo by Raphael Helman Hot on the heels of announcing the new Radisson Red in Cape Town, Carlson Rezidor is strengthening its presence in the city further with the launch of new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town. The 338-key property is the conversion of “Triangle House”, a 23-storey office building in the city’s Foreshore precinct. It will be the first internationally branded hotel and residence in Cape Town and South Africa, and is scheduled to open in late 2016.

“Because of the unique nature of the building’s floor plate, all units have external windows, so we did not have to do much in terms of structural adjustment. A team of architects and interior designers, including Juan Bernicchi Architects, DHK Architects and Source Brand Interior Architects, took great care to make optimal use of the unique opportunities inherent in the building. The final product is a beautiful collection of rooms and apartments awash with natural light”

(Imaged Credit: Raphael Helman ) Read the full article here. Interior images here, here and here. 19 May 2015 1234567 Cape Town, South Africa – Decayed buildings in Cape Town suburb Parow’s Station Road precinct have been earmarked as canvases for an extended streetart project. . The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) is looking for ideas, themes and sponsorship to make this a reality through its public art and art in action initiative. Street art has been used in many places throughout the world as part of urban regeneration initiatives as it is also an  expression of social comment and is often used to promote social cohesion as it is “art for everyone”. The purpose is to encourage people to stop, look and think about what is being portrayed. The GTP will host the Parow Station Road Art in Action competition from 15 May to 15 June 2015  which will see street artists submitting their respective proposals for inclusion in the initiative and will result in a number of artworks being selected for painting the selected area. The GTP aims to complete the first phase of this initiative by the end of June 2015 . The next phase will include local schools who will complete the pavement and installation art to complement the street art. Read more here 18 May 2015 princess-vlei Princess Vlei, one of Cape Town’s iconic wetlands, between the suburbs of Grassy Park and Retreat, could soon become a popular destination if a grassroots plan to preserve its ancient heritage, create a sustainable craft and fresh produce market and protect and celebrate and develop its ecological treasures becomes a reality. One of the project’s progenitors is award-winning environmental and heritage campaigner Kelvin Cochrane. He makes the point that “when the full potential of the “people’s plan is realised, the restoration of the princess after whom the waterway is named will also be realised.” He says one of his greatest inspirations for pressing ahead, despite many challenges, is the desire to celebrate the legacy of this woman of indigenous royalty, and thereby unifying all Khoisan descendants. This motivation is woven into the introduction to the project narrative: “It is said that the profile of the face of the princess lies in the shape of the outline of the vlei’s waters edge, looking toward Elephant’s Eye cave, where she lived. May she rest in peace and bless the vlei forevermore.” The Dressing the Princess project plan, due to be unveiled in early June, is the brainchild of environmental and heritage activists and the City of Cape Town’s award-winning Caring and Managing Public Spaces (Camps), which is focused on the restoration of ecologically sensitive spaces. Read more here 05 May 2015 5b75bc403643fa71c32291e5c30d6c36_L

A new R400m mixed-use tower at the gateway into the Cape Town CBD will house the offices of KPMG and become a beacon for green development in the city.
What will become the new home of CBD-based accountancy firm KPMG has just commenced construction in the Foreshore area of the Cape Town Central City, on the corners of Martin Hammerschlag Way and Christiaan Barnard Street. Craig Armstrong, spokesperson for the developers, FWJK, announced that construction work had begun on KPMG Place, a R400m project being developed for the Pietermaritzburg-based Ducatus Group and the first commercial building for a number of years to be built along the “frontline” of the Foreshore area running alongside Nelson Mandela Boulevard. The Chairperson of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID,) Rob Kane, notes that this is part of a massive reurbanisation of the Foreshore area. “As the CCID, we define this area as stretching from Riebeek Street and Old Marine Drive down to Table Bay and Nelson Mandela boulevards, and bordered on either side by Buitengracht and Christiaan Barnard Street. Read more here

05 May 2015 2015-03-17-View-2   Positioned in the Central hub of Cape Town City this new 18 storey tower will comprise of trendy city apartment living with a retail experience. Apartments ranging from Bachelor to 3 Bedroom luxury units are currently being marketed. Read more here 04 May 2015 Radisson Red Carlson Rezidor, a dynamic hotel group, announced the very first Radisson Red in Europe, the Middle East and Africa: the group’s new upscale lifestyle select brand launches in Cape Town.

The Radisson Red Hotel V&A Waterfront will open in late 2016 and be located at the V&A Waterfront, with 24 million visitors per annum one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural harbour with the Table Mountain as its backdrop, the V&A Waterfront offers a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging from shopping to exclusive entertainment. It also features prime residential and commercial property. Read here

28 April 2015 Following an initial announcement on SENS (Stock Exchange News Service) in January, Redefine Properties has completed the acquisition of the Leaf Capital portfolio of properties, a deal which significantly boosts the company’s Western Cape office portfolio and also underpins Redefines commitment to sustainable business practices. New technologies and a better understanding of green construction – such as that displayed at the Black River Park complex, a development in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs offering 74,000 sqm of office space, are also driving rapid, positive change in the sustainable design and construction process. BlackRiverPark Read here and here 25 April 2015 Cape-Town-mini-bus-taxi-rank During the  last week of April  the Station Deck taxi rank in Cape Town’s CBD will be closed for a R1 million overhaul.  Until maintenance work is complete at the end of the month the public access to the roof of the Civic Centre will be restricted.  The city informed that the minibus taxis would temporarily operate from the Grand Parade in Darling Street from Friday “We’ll be repairing lighting, potholes and cracks in the road. We’ll also be allocating new lanes to the various destinations so that the floor of the Station Deck is vastly improved.” However the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) said it was not informed of the interim relocation. Read more    23 April 2015 The city of Cape Town and the police remained on high alert on Monday amid fears that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the controversial Ses’Khona People’s Rights Movement would lead large-scale land invasions across the city this week. A piece of land in Khayelitsha is believed to have been occupied on Monday. The initial threats of land invasions were allegedly made by the EFF and Ses’Khona last week. Ses’Khona leaders, Andile Lili and Loyiso Nkohla, could not be reached for comment on Monday. The city has previously accused the Khayelitsha-based Ses’Khona lobby group of starting the “ungovernability campaign” in Cape Town. The group was behind the faeces protests that rocked Cape Town two years ago. Read more 22 April 2015 watershed The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa and the collaborative workspace initiative, OPEN, have announced a partnership to put together an innovation and co-working hub called the Workshop17 at the popular marina’s Watershed building. The space is in its final phase of opening its doors and is thus calling for small-and medium-sized enterprises to apply for membership. Paul Keursten from OPEN said, “Workshop17 will go beyond a traditional co-working space. We are creating a multifunctional platform on which people and organisations can work, share, innovate and showcase.” Read here and here 21 April 2015 Cape Town’s N1 and N2 toll tariffs will be almost triple those of the e-toll tariffs being charged in Gauteng if the South African National Roads Agency’s Winelands project gets the go-ahead. Cape Town motorists could be paying toll tariffs as high as 84.59c/km, compared with the 30c/km charged by the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project for light vehicles. And Protea Parkways Consortium (PPC), the company awarded the tender by Sanral to do the work, is expecting about R48 billion in toll revenue during the concession period. Read here 15 April 2015 According to Twitter and news reports, the Tulip Hotel site will be developed into a two hotel complex by Tsogo Sun. The first will be a 200 room SunSquare hotel while the second will be a 300 room StayEasy hotel, both will include conference facilities, shops, parking and dining areas. Construction will start in May 2015 and end in September 2017. It is unconfirmed if the previous designs or renders produced will be retained for this site. Read more here and here

Ibis Novotel Cape Town Dusk Visual

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Ibis Novotel Cape Town Day Visual

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14 April 2015 pic1 On  Tuesday  the Mayor De Lille  unveiled the Hickory synthetic sports pitch in Kewtown . An investment  by the city of Cape Town of  R4,9 m addressed  to promote redress and sports development.  This facility  will be open to the  community in general, local teams, local football authorities , and schools of  the Athlone area. In the opening speech the major emphasized at transformation and sports development. “When we say we want to build a caring, inclusive city, we mean it. It is also to redress the imbalances and inequalities of the past,” she said. The city of Cape Town  has invested over  R40 million since 2012  it has built  over 26 synthetic fields in areas including Langa, Grassy Park, and Hout Bay. Read  the full statement by the city’s executive mayor , Patricia de Lille here. 13 April 2015 150313CityBowl-jpg According to  the news reports  the residents located in houses along De Waal Drive said  that a housing debacle has divided their previously close-knit community.The Department of Human Settlements in the Western Cape  ordered  to relocate more than 100 residents to a development in Pelican Park. However , the tensions  between the  community an the government are growing after some residents refused to sign a petition opposing the move. On Sunday 12 May  residents  had a meeting to discuss what their next move would be, to afterwards have meeting with housing officials. The residents claim they were given an ultimatum to pay  rent of up to R6,000 per month or move. Despite that residents still  said the flats were in bad conditions and rentals too high. Read more 08 April 2015

 Cape Town train station’s Parade Concourse will reopen in a few months after a R126 million upgrade. It has been decked out with new technology, and parts “modelled after Hong Kong’s famous central railway station”. For PRASA it’s also about converting a symbol of apartheid. Built in 1966, the concourse served as a separate entrance for “non-whites”, with stairs leading directly to the third-class carriages below. It’s a history of segregation that was carried into the present as the concourse was forgotten and neglected. Where the central station below was populated by shops and blinking screens, the concourse – looming over the taxi ranks outside – was dusty and decrepit, with only a few hawkers selling from cardboard boxes on its doorstep. Lucky Montana, CEO OF PRASA said escalators travel one way depending on peak-time commuter traffic, ticket offices are located at both ends of the concourse, and natural light improves visibility. New speed gates will improve access control and decrease ticket duplication. The upper deck taxi rank, the biggest in the city, will also receive a face lift in due course. Read more here and here 08 April 2015 According to  the news reports of the Transport Mayoral Committee, the intersection of Strand and Adderley streets in Cape Town is to undergo a R24m rehabilitation  which surface and base was at least 30-years-old. The works will start on the 9 of April  and it’s expected to be finished until late August. The surface of this road was totally cracked besides water was leaking  through the road and into the pedestrian and retail space below ground level, because of this matter it  would  be removed  to apply a new layer of waterproofing  asphalt.

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Work is under way on the second phase of the City of Cape Town MyCiTi project, which includes a R4 billion investment in a corridor from Lansdowne to Wetton. Construction in some areas has already begun, although services on the network, which will serve more than 1.4 million commuters will only start running in 2020. The city has already advertised its contract for the design and construction of the stations on two new trunk routes in Phase 2A. More than 30 communities will be connected by the two intertwined routes which will form the new corridor’s 53km “spine”. Read the full article or follow previous MyCiTi coverage here and the 2032 transport plan here 01 April 2015 city developments Mayor Patricia De Lille announced on Friday that the City of Cape Town will be selling some key properties that are no longer being used by the municipality. These properties include two of particularly high value, one on Lower Long Street in the CBD and one on Century Boulevard in Century City.

    1. Site D, which is opposite the CTICC, is approximately 3,500m² in extent with a General Business zoning and maximum permissible floor area of 15,500m², providing for a wide range of uses


  • Century Boulevard in Century City (Erf 5161) is property sized at 25,000m² property zoned for General Business.
  • Erf 165639 (Site B) was placed on tender by the City a month ago and is still open for interested parties to submit tenders.

Previously proposed for Site D was the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre

Read here 30 March 2015 barn khayelitsha The Bandwidth Barn has officially launched the Barn Khayelitsha as a community-based incubator, based at the Lookout Hill Centre in Khayelitsha. The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) announced the Proof of Concept for The Barn Khayelitsha in November last year, and has since been workshopping and actively engaging with the community to fine tune this unique community-based incubator model. Read here 24 March 2015 A development to provide safe living for students is set for completion in the next few months. Salt River Studios, a three-storey development in Cecil Road, will provide 16 flats and three shops in what developers hope will be secure student accommodation. Developer Dawie Swart says the building will be primarily “residential with a little bit of retail on the ground”. He hopes the project, worth around R15m, will fill a need for student housing in the area once sales start next month. “We hope that the development will enable young people to live close to where they study and feel safe to walk around the area,” he says. Read here 20 March 2015   Transnet confirmed earlier today that it will, in April, announce the successful bidder for the construction of a dedicated cruise terminal at Cape Town harbour. This comes after I have submitted several questions and motions to the Minister of Public Enterprises enquiring about the sudden withdrawal last year of the tender process.  Read more here and here. CT terminal The cruise terminal at the Port of Cape Town which comprises the Facilities, will be on the site located at “E” Berth on a portion of land measuring 24,676sqm with a maximum draft of 9.9m, Bollard pull of 50 tons and berth length of 198m.   Future Cape Town has regularly been engaging on the issues surrounding the cruise terminal which includes the initial vision for Table Bay Harbour in 2040, the potential of using the E-berth as the dedicated site, the thought piece by Guy Lundy on the need for a cruise terminal and the extract from the Cruise Liner Study for Southern Africa commissioned by the National Cruise Liner Steering Committee, which evaluated the suitability of Cape Town as a homeport for cruise ships.   In addition to this, we previously sourced the views of a traveller, who shared his views about the state of the current cruise facilities, and the conditions travelers faced when arriving in and departing Cape Town. 20 March 2015

Cape Town Stadium panorama

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Cape Town will be the new host city for the South African leg of the World Sevens Series circuit. Cape Town stadium will replace Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay stadium as the host venue for this year’s tournament. The South African Rugby Union has opted not to renew the current Port Elizabeth contract, moving the event to the Mother City from December this year.

World Rugby wanted global iconic destinations to showcase the new Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens and a world-class stadium, in a world-class city in the shadow of a World Heritage site in Table Mountain provides exactly that, – Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU

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16 March 2015 dismantling a shack In February, the City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit (ALIU) dismantled a family’s shack in Mfuleni. This acrimonious incident raises important questions about how informal settlements are to be upgraded.   Some facts are disputed, such as whether all the dismantled parts of the shack were extensions, and whether the family’s belongings were damaged. Whatever the case, from the photos, it is clear that it is not reasonable for a five-soon-to-be-six-person family to live in what remains of this shack.   Read more at Daily Maverick 13 March 2015 Cape Town is exploring the possibility of constructing a multibillion-rand desalination plant along its northwestern coast to offset the expected shortage of clean water. However, the concern is that the cost of maintaining such plant would result in residents paying more for water.   Read more at Business Day Live 12 March 2015 Cape+Town+CBD The number of people living in the Cape Town’s central business district (CBD) has grown significantly over the last 10 years, despite the rising cost of property. From only about 750 residents a decade ago, the CBD’s residential population is estimated to be about 6,000, moving ever closer to the critical mass that will make the CBD a 24/7 live, work and play environment.   CCID senior researcher Andrew Fleming said on Tuesday that more affordable housing would boost Cape Town’s night-time economy. He said creative ways were needed to make more affordable housing in the CBD available to increase the number of people living in the area and near places of work.   Read more here and here 04 March 2015 While the City of Cape Town has allowed the CTICC to build a ramp and create a parking lot on one end of the “unfinished highway” on the Foreshore, the highway’s long-term future could be decided by the end of this year, says the city. Mayco member for transport Brett Herron said the city delegated a panel of experts to come up with a solution before the end of the year on what should happen to the freeway. Read more at IOL Also read: 50% vote to ‘demolish’ Foreshore freeways Your City Idea Church Square Winning ideas for the future of the Foreshore     Watch: What if Cape Town knocked down its freeways Future Foreshore Exhibition Foreshore’s burning question Watch: How to demolish a highway and open a port   Rio Highway Demolish   Finishing the Foreshore freeways   Incomplete Freeway Foreshore   Moving Cape Town’s harbour 03 March 2015

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02 March 2015     Source   The sale follows the demolition of the former Power Station which occupied the site for much of the 20th Century. The consolidated Power Station Site Erf 148343 Cape Town was subdivided into eight parcels of land and the rezoning into Subdivisional Area General Business use was approved by Province in August 1994 with specific development rights in terms of the City of Cape Town’s zoning scheme being granted to each parcel.   Since approving the disposal of the various parcels comprising the Power Station Site in 1994, Council has sold six of the sites which are currently improved by the Icon Building, the ENS (Sonnenbergs) building, the Protea Hotel, Investec, the Holiday Inn and the Cullinan Hotel, a mixture of commercial and residential uses.   “A typical mixed-use city block is envisaged for Site “B”. This should include retail and business activity such as restaurants on ground and/or first floors, offices or residential development of various types on the upper floors with a view to supporting the active usage of the adjacent North Wharf Square. Parking should be accommodated in a basement.” History: The Power Station Site of which Site “B” is a portion was created almost totally by the landfill projects of the 1930s which created Cape Town’s “Foreshore” from the waters of Table Bay. The founding conditions on the “Foreshore” are unique, the water table is high and piling is usually necessary for anything but very light structures. A large part of the Power Station Site contained defunct underground services and abandoned remains of massive foundations of the demolished Table Bay Power Station, which may influence cost and construction factors. 15 February 2015 (Updated 1 March) “A rooftop pool and nightclub will give guests the perfect vantage point to take in views of the mountain and bay whilst on the main corner of the hotel development a feature window will further celebrate African culture through the exhibition of local artworks. The proposed hotel complex intends to create an active street level facade comprising of three key elements; retail, restaurant & bar and hotel entrance lobby.” Read more at Dexter Moren Associates

Ibis Novotel Cape Town Dusk Visual

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Ibis Novotel Cape Town Day Visual

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGgym7jhWN8#t=17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO0mvXHo30s   The remaining sections of the Tulip Hotel and Conference Centre will be demolished in a controlled blast at 8am. On the day of the demolition, an exclusion zone will be enforced around the hotel, according to a joint safety notice by Ross Demolition and Jet Demolition. Parts of the building on Buitengragt have already been broken down by excavators, leaving its main facade on Bree Street standing.

Read more here   24 February 2015   Cape Town stadium   A R428.75 million civil damages claim has been lodged by the City of Cape Town against listed Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) for collusion on the tender for the construction of the Green Point Stadium for the 2010 World Cup.   This is believed to be the first civil damages claim lodged following the conclusion of the construction fast-track settlement process launched by the Competition Commission in 2009 after an investigation uncovered widespread collusion in the industry. It resulted in 15 firms agreeing to pay penalties totalling R1.46 billion for contraventions of the Competition Act. WBHO admitted in its settlement it agreed in December 2006 with Group Five to provide it with a cover price so Group Five would not win the tender. The tender was awarded to the WBHO and Murray & Roberts (M&R) joint venture.   Read the full article here   19 February 2015   Wynberg MyCiTi Route Trunk T11   There has been a similar hullabaloo in Cape Town recently over the city’s bid to extend its rapidly expanding MyCiTi bus rapid transport route through the southern suburbs of Plumstead and Wynberg to connect parts of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha to the bustling Wynberg business district.

    • Route number: T11
  • Route name: Wynberg – Lansdowne – Khayelitsha
  • Wynberg Station access, Main Rd/Brodie Rd couplet, South Rd new carriageway, Ottery Rd, Strandfontein Rd, Govan Mbeki Dr (M9),Jeff Masemola Rd, Spine Rd, Walter Sisulu Rd, Khayelitsha Station access, Steve Biko Rd, Govan Mbeki Rd, Oscar Mpetha Rd, Mew Way, Baden Powell Dr, Walter Sizulu Rd, Chris Hani Station terminus.

The city, showing remarkable foresight, started buying up properties in the road reserve of the proposed South Road scheme in Plumstead several years ago. Rather than leave them empty for years while the integrated transport plan took shape, the houses were rented out, leases that terminated a few months back in accordance with their contracts and with plenty of warning…as many as 1.4-million people will benefit from more direct access to the city, opening a range of economic opportunities.     Read about the 2032 transport plan here and the full article here 18 February 2015 CAPE Town is to spend close to R17m on the rehabilitation of one of the city’s most popular walkways and tourist attraction, the Sea Point promenade. The walkway, which is flanked by well-manicured lawns, popular for picnics and informal football or cricket games, has deteriorated over the years. The city said on Tuesday that rehabilitation project will focus on the repaving of the promenade walkway and the resurfacing of the parking area near the Sea Point pool. It will also include the construction of a new playground and the resurfacing of parts of the sidewalk along Beach Road which are in a poor condition. The project is expected to be concluded later this year.   Read more about the plans here   Slide1   Full article   13 February 2015

The new Velodrome will be completely reconstructed to accommodate 14000 visitors, compared to the current 6000. Big Concerts, South Africa’s biggest live entertainment event organiser – with more than 1000 shows under its belt – has been appointed to manage the facility. The Velodrome is expected to obtain a 65% occupancy within its first year. With Big Concerts managing its events, the Velodrome will host world-class concerts for international stars that will be on par with events from the rest of the world. (Read about the announcement of the plan in 2011 ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm0FRcswcRs Read more here:

10 February 2015   The Good Hope Centre is to become a film studio from July, and will no longer be available to use for community, private, national or international events such as the Cape Malay Choir concerts.   This is not the first time the domed structure has been earmarked for possible use as a film studio. In 1998, the city council considered a proposal from the South African Film Finance Corporation to lease or buy the centre. The plan, which included building one of the world’s largest sound stages and a film school, never gained traction and was shelved. But it was reported then that although a film studio would generate a substantial income, it would close the facility to public use.   In the 17 years since, the centre has fallen into disrepair, and last year the city said it would cost between R8 million and R16 million for critical work to keep the building in working condition.     Read the full article here   09 February 2015 (Published October 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAyo34BwnUY#t=55 Read more about ZEITZ MoCAA under construction at the V&A Waterfront



  • Cape Town to get a museum of contemporary art

09 February 2015   Updated renders of the the Media24 building post on 3 November 2014 below. Read more here.

06 February 2015

Newlands Sports Precinct

Plans are afoot to transform Newlands Cricket Ground into a precinct of blue-chip offices, doctors’ rooms and places of entertainment. Of the stadium’s 114 corporate suites, only 39 are in use – and only on the 20-odd match days a year. The cricket association plans to transform these suites into office space in a R400 million development that should be completed in 2017. The plan can only go ahead if the land is rezoned by the City of Cape Town. “We will have a three-tier parking garage for 540 vehicles, a 300-bay bicycle garage, two or three restaurants, two or three coffee shops, and we will modernise our player centre.”   Read the full article here.   05 February 2015   TRUP   With a 20- year plan to transform 215 hectares of land between Cape Town’s Black and Liesbeeck rivers into a mega mixed-use project, the City of Cape Town says it will have to overcome significant community resistance to get past the conceptual phase.  In a presentation to the city’s energy, environmental and spatial planning portfolio committee yesterday, Kendall Keveney of the city’s infrastructure development listed some of the challenges facing the second phase of the ambitious Two Rivers Urban Park project, which has been more than 10 years in the planning. He said the project was comparable to Century City in terms of scale or the Waterfront in terms of impact, but that it would have more linkages with other city and provincial structures than any other project.

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04 February 2015     The City of Cape Town has passed the new Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy. Councillor Garreth Bloor gives us the lowdown, and we ask Erica Elk, Mike van Graan, Denis Lillie, Siphiwe Ngwenya, Bryan Ramkilawan and Jonathan Garnham for their impressions.   There’s nothing quite like the word “policy” to dampen, even snub out, the creative spirit. However, while we’d all prefer to focus on bringing ideas to life, no creative is an island. Rather, as in our Mother City, our creative energy is an ecosystem of people, institutions, events, venues, schools and more.   Read the full article at Creative Cape Town   03 February 2015     The first phase of the City of Cape Town’s R34 million construction of three multi-storey blocks comprising 71 units in total has passed the halfway mark. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the current financial year. The development, which includes sea-fronting sections, consists of three blocks of flats. The rental units are in close proximity to employment opportunities, key transport routes, social amenities and schools within the existing surrounding area. The current phase of the project comprises 142 units.   Read the full press release here   22 January 2015   GREEN POINT ATHLETICS STADIUM has been set to open in February 2015. At least 16 months after the date for completion of the Green Point Athletics Stadium, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille called an urgent meeting with officials, before announcing that the facility would officially open on February 18. Apologies by the Mayor were made for the delay caused by the liquidation of the previous contractor. There is already a booking made in April at the athletics stadium for an international triathlon championship, and will be a world-class facility in the coming years.   Green Point athleticsRead more from the article 15 January 2015 http://centurycityconferencecentre.co.za/wp-content/themes/cccc/video/Rabie_CCCC_Promo.mp4 CONSTRUCTION of the new Century City Conference Centre and Hotel is set to be completed in October this year, despite delays caused by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) strike, which held back the operations of most building and construction companies last year. The new conference centre will have the capacity to accommodate 1,900 guests in 20 venues, and a 125-room hotel. The multi-function venues will also be available for banqueting and exhibitions while a large pre-assembly area will be available for exhibitions and product launches, among other offerings.     Read the full article

13 December 2014   Cape Town’s Foreshore is set for major changes. A Port Gateway Precinct Plan will restore the central city’s access to its seafront. The project aims to create a ‘direct link’ between between Central Cape Town and Table Bay. Inaccessible land between the Convention Centre and the harbour will be opened up to retail, housing and hospitality. The area will also see the creation of new landscaped public spaces, with a new canal planned and  pedestrian corridors. A new cruise-liner terminal at E berth is also planned.   Read more   Foreshore Free Ways Cape Town

17 November 2014   A look at progress being made on the Standard Bank building (The Towers). The building work will be completed at the end of 2015 and at a cost of  R498 million.


Credit: #Citywalker at flicker.com

Credit: #Citywalker at flicker.com

14 November 2014


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11 November 2014 A glimpse of what the under construction R330 million Christiaan Barnard Hospital will look like when completed. It will be located on the Foreshore adjacent to the expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and will be the new home for the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. It will incorporate 250 beds, theatres, doctors surgeries and consulting rooms, linked retail, gym and structured parking facility over 50 000 sqm by Fabian Architects.

Source: Ekcon

06 November 2014 Ibis-Novotel-Cape-Town-evening-visual Ibis-Novotel-Cape-Town-hotel-design-daytime-visual According to the website of , Dexter Moren Associates, two new hotels are planned for the Cape Town city centre, on the corner of Strand and Buitengracht. “Situated in a prime location between the famous Lions Head and Table Mountains, this Accor development with Green Willow Properties will provide Cape Town with two new city centre hotels. Dexter Moren Associates’ multi-level design creates a distinctive profile in the heart of city with a façade inspired by traditional African fabrics featuring staggered frames and bands of understated pattern.” 05 November 2014 The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre is a national centre that delivers specialized training, education and services to the Renewable Energy (RE) industry and will lead Africa to a more sustainable future.  It is located in Cape Town, South Africa at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville campus. Read more: http://www.saretec.co.za/ Architects: GAPP Architects 05 November 2014 A new urban attraction in the CBD, The City Walk, will be co-created through multi-level stakeholder engagement, announced the Cape Town Partnership at its AGM on Wednesday 5 November. Unfolding in 2015, it will bring the city’s Big Six tourism attractions (Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront) up to seven. Prioritising the very DNA of Cape Town – its people and street life – The City Walk will see the cultural, economic and social upliftment of the city’s interconnected public space. This pedestrian spine of the city starts in the Company’s Garden, proceeds down Government Avenue and St George’s Mall, before turning onto the Fan Walk and ending at the Prestwich Memorial in St Andrew’s Square. The precinct will feature free WiFi and the evolution of informative signage to assist in peeling back the layers of Cape Town’s hidden stories. The introduction of more public ablutions, experimental street food offerings, permanent as well as temporary public art, and event activations will form a practical aspect to developing the space as a lively destination. Read more here 03 November 2014 We recently came across this new render for the design of the Media 24 building. As you may recall, the Design 24 competition took place earlier this year to redesign the facade of the building in the Cape Town CBD, as part of World Design Capital 2014. The winners were announced in April 2014. Media 24 Building 27 October 2014 IMG00635-20110315-1133_2_ The Twinell building which occupies five erven and incorporates a 1920s Edwardian façade on Long Street and a 1940s art deco façade on Loop Street. It is being redeveloped to the tune of R120 million to accommodate the existing Labour Court as well as commercial and retail space. Developer Dave Linder of Kings Cro.jpg”> “In turn, the building will be brought into the 21st century through the incorporation of sustainability initiatives, with grey water solutions, solar power, and LED lighting and airconditioning activated by motion detectors. A new glass addition on Loop Street was designed to frame the neighbouring art deco façade. In accordance with heritage, the glass is curved back so that none of the art deco detail is obscured. Read the full article here and more images here 16 October 2014 Aerial view of the construction of the expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Read more here 15 October 2014 New proposal Previous proposal The most visible feature of the proposal is a glazed three storey office block (scaled down from the original fourstorey proposal), and set back from the Strand Street edge, receding at a pitch that echoes the roof of the church, to avoid disturbing the visual impact of the west-facing historic façade. The revised proposal incorporates a range of other refinements. “The Strand Street edge of the block contains an important ensemble of heritage buildings and the development respects this by setting back the new additions substantially from Strand Street so as not to impact on the historic streetscape. The plan also incorporates a reconstruction of the warehouse façades to complement the other buildings.” “The scale and massing of the new component has been amended to look sleeker and smoother. It is now three floors (instead of four), more evenly balanced over the warehouse below with a glass ‘skin’ drawn tightly over it, enclosing a closed contemporary volume sharply differentiated from and floating above the long, low plastered masonry warehouse. The concrete bands and horizontal modulation of the original proposal will no longer be a feature, with the new component designed to blend unobtrusively into the surrounding cityscape.” Read the full article here Lutheran Warehouse Debate: Today’s Architecture, Tomorrow’s Heritage


There are 5 comments

  1. W_e_Z

    I am truly excited and happy that Cape Town CBD is developing to a more modern look and feel of the city, but still holding on to our heritage. #proudlycapetonian

  2. dandan.boshoff

    What we really need is the elevated freeway to be resolved. I expect the Port Gateway Precinct to make work of this. Sooner rather than later. so next 5 years lets develop the infrastructure of the new berth and re designed freeway.

    Damn Cape Town is looking good these days. With these developments we can expect it to look so different and even better in 2 to 5 years time.

  3. Kamo Moloi

    Improve/expand Western Cape not just the City

    I would like to me a suggestion. the government must try to not only concentrate on the City, this province is too big. Trying to build a new world class hall far from the CITY to boost other areas of Western Cape, this will attract big shows like SA idols, metro awards, or sports events, and this will benefit western cape and increase the economy. Concentrate on things that will attract big events.Perhaps skateboard facilities also to entertain residents of Cape Town-area of improvement. If roads cant be expanded, crossing over roads can still do.


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