Voted one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international design destination, Cape Town’s architectural landscape is growing from strength to strength both in innovation and future-focused developments.
Plans to expand the CTICC are well under way. The main construction contractor started in February of 2015, with work scheduled for completion towards the end of 2016. The expansion will double the centre’s existing exhibition capacity by adding 10 000m² of flexible space, set to include a 40 000m² commercial and hotel development alongside a new hospital. Watch out for new developments happening at this bustling hot spot.
Ambitious plans for Manenberg
The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government unveiled ambitious plans for transforming Manenberg, one of the most volatile suburbs in the country.
Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo promised residents a R3 billion “skyscraper” medical facility as part of the plan to urbanise the area. Plans include building a youth lifestyle campus made up of six precincts, education facilities, student residences, sport facilities and “green open spaces”. There will also be a safe pedestrian and cycle network and other green spaces.
Connecting communities via free Wi-Fi
As an expansion of a project to grow internet access throughout South Africa, free Wi-Fi is being rolled out at taxi ranks in the Western Cape. 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. The organisation has been driving internet access through Wi-Fi in the City of Tshwane as part its digital inclusion programme with 514 Wi-Fi zones out of 633 situated at educational institutions.
A Green Stay
Hotel Verde in Cape Town is making waves in the green building industry. It was recently 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 (Leadership in Energy and environmental Design). It is also 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.
Hailed as “Africa’s greenest hotel,” Hotel Verde showcases some of the most advanced, environmentally conscious technological installations, construction methods, procurement and operational practices in the world. These include stringent waste management, corporate responsibility campaigns, departmental sustainability, biodiversity maintenance, while offering guests a carbon neutral hotel experience.
These are just a few of the key projects that are gaining momentum in the Mother City. Look out for more developments from CFC – keeping you informed and in touch with the city’s ever-changing urban landscape.