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Old November 4th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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CAPE TOWN | Portside II | 142m | 33 fl | T/O

Portside Cape Town.
Soon to be Cape Towns tallest building . Demolision of old buildings started in October and building will be finished around mid 2011.

Its a mixed use building within walking distance of the world renowned Cape Town V&A waterfront and Cape Towns iconic 2010 SWC venue in Greenpoint.

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Why we need to go up in the world

More compact city is vital, says Boraine

September 20, 2008 Edition 1

Lynnette Johns

A shortage of office and living space and the need to densify means high-rise buildings in Cape Town are necessary - as long as they are built in the right area of the CBD, says Andrew Boraine, head of the the Cape Town Partnership.

This week residents were up in arms after the council announced it had waived height restrictions for the Portside development, near the Waterfront, fearing high-rises would obliterate views and change the look and feel of the inner city.

When completed, Portside will be 150m high, equal to the Metlife Centre on the Foreshore but nowhere near the 223m of the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg.

Portside, which will consist of an office block and hotel and retail space, will be an environmentally friendly building. It should be completed by July 2011.

Demolition work has already started on the 3 500m2 property, the old Porter's Auto site at the foot of Bree Street between Hans Strijdom Avenue and Mechau Street.

Portside is a marker for the future development of the city, says Boraine. This will be appropriate development, rather than development at all costs. But he warns radical changes need to be made to realise a vision of a city where people live, work and play.

Simon Grindrod, the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for economic, social development and tourism, is excited at the thought that over the next 10 years more people will be able to move into the city to add to the growing vibrancy of the CBD. He says developments will have to be "higher and not wider" to make optimal use of the little available space.

Densification will also be a way of dealing with apartheid spatial planning to get people of all backgrounds and financial levels into the CBD.

City planner and heritage consultant Nicolas Boumann says it will be important to maintain the historic look and feel of Cape Town and to maintain the link between the sea and the mountain, but it is still important for the city to densify.

Boraine and Boumann say the city could see taller buildings in the future, but not of the order of the skyscrapers seen in cities like Chicago, New York and Dubai. Dubai will be home to the Burj Dubai, which when completed will stand at 818m, the highest building in the world.

Boraine says: "Cape Town has one of the lowest densities of any city on earth and this is not sustainable, either financially, environmentally or morally.


"We have to have a more compact city."

Both Boraine and Boumann anticipate the buildings, especially residential buildings, should not be higher than between 12 and 14 storeys. Boumann says residential buildings should be four- or five-storey walk-ups.

Every working day an estimated 360 000 people pour into the inner city, 120 000 using public transport and 240 000 by car. Only 55 000 live in the City Bowl area, which stretches from Green Point to Salt River and from the harbour to Higgovale.

The city and the partnership have divided the inner city into 20 suburbs, each with its unique features and historical background. Developments in each sector will have to be appropriate. But they are still working on how to have less expensive homes in the inner city.

Therefore building a high-rise in the heart of the old city - the Greenmarket Square area - would not happen, but a high-rise would get the go-ahead on the Foreshore, where most of the high-rises are.

Boraine says it would be foolhardy to mess with one of the world's best known skylines, Table Mountain, by indiscriminately putting up tall buildings.

Grindrod says he would like to see the private sector and government bodies hammer out plans and developments so middle-income families can afford to live in the city.

"One of the only ways to dismantle apartheid suburban planning is to set aside strategic development for the sole purpose of providing rent-to-buy apartments for working-class families. We in government need the courage to intervene in the market where necessary in terms of planning and development proposals to achieve social objectives."

Boraine agrees, saying in major cities planning laws have been changed to encourage mixed housing developments.

Mixed-use developments, with retail at ground level, offices higher up and residences on top, are one of the models the city favoured, say Boraine and Grindrod.
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Good for Cape town, something fresh and new
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nice design, it could be taller though, to make an impact
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Very nice design. I think it will look great.
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Love this one, and will bring a bit of sparkle to the cape town skyline.
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Well cape town isnt realy a city that likes tall buildings because of its european look and feel allthough apartheid brutalism tried hard to destroy Cape Towns urban soul. this building is already 90m above hightrestrictions for that area. even us hight crazy forumers believe that n building higher than 50 floors should ever be built in the cbd. were hoping the two buildings planned for the station area will be 40+ .
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Also, Cape Town has the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain right behind the downtown area... have a look at the Cape Town Gallery in the S.African Forum!!! The natural beauty (blocking the view) and strong winds (highrise wind-tunnel-effect) off the Southern Oceans are two other major reasons the City Council has stringent height restrictions.
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Construction update :

Demolition work finished - foundation work to start soon.

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23/09/2008 11:21 AM - (SA)

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DEMOLITION at the Malgas site, which is to become the biggest development in Cape Town since the V&A Waterfront, began yesterday (Monday).

After buying the land from the City of Cape Town for R89 million in May last year, the Old Mutual Property Group plans to build a R1,2 billion development, known as the Portside development.

According to Neil Gardener of Old Mutual, the mixed-use development, which is to be situated along Buitengracht Street between Hans Strijdom Avenue and Mechau Street, will consist of 46 storeys, making it the tallest building in Cape Town.

The current tallest building in Cape Town is the old BP building, now known as the LG building, which stands at 133 m.

The Portside development will top this by 17 metres, and will stand at 150 metres.

It will comprise 27 floors of office space. Six floors will form a hotel, two floors will be retail space, and 11 floors will be allocated for parking to accommodate 1 250 vehicles.

There will be four basement levels and seven above-ground levels for parking.

While a height restriction in the city centre of 60 metres, the city's Spatial Planning, Environment and Land Use Management Committee approved the height waiver at 137,5 metres, plus an extra 10 metres for lift overrun, cooling towers and water tanks, thus allowing the development to go ahead.

"One of the conditions of sale was that Old Mutual should prioritise the building of 564 residential units and a retail and commercial deve?lopment of about 6 000m2 on a ten hectare property in Khayelitsha," says Mansoor Mohamed, executive director for Economic, Social Development and Tourism.

Old Mutual is still to decide on the operator of the hotel and the composition of retail tenants, but says retail tenants will be complimentary to the hotel and surrounding areas, says Gardener.

He adds that it will be an A-Grade office building, which will "compete with other office towers in Cape Town?. Demolition at the site started yesterday and should continue for the next month, after which excavation will take place for four to six months.

"By April 2009, you should see more than just a hole in the ground," says Gardener.

The development is to be completed by June 2011. The site, which housed a service station and the Brian Porter showroom, is described as a prime location for office space.

"We feel there is an extreme necessity to provide office space," says Gardener.

With the 2010 Soccer World Cup approaching, Old Mutual has every faith that this is a good investment and that the interest rate may have stabilised by completion of the development. "Property is a long-term investment, so we are taking a guess, but there is every indication that 2010 will have a positive impact."

The city recently undertook a Sea-Level-Rise Risk Assessment study, and while rising sea levels along the Cape's shores are certainly a concern, both Old Mutual and the city are not concerned that they will have any effect on the stability of Portside, given the enormous size of the development.

"While the impact of climate change on rising sea levels should not be underestimated, it is important to note that a lot has to be learnt about compensating factors, such as the widening of the sea bed," Mohamed states.

"It is a long way from the shore line, and rising sea levels tends to be a bit of an exaggeration," says Gardener.

Businesses that surround the development include the Farber's building, Investec, Madison Property and the Southern Sun Holiday Inn. A business opposite Portside declined to comment on the development.

According to Simon Grindrod, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism, full public participation took place before the project was approved.
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Who will operate the hotel?

According to the newsletter, there will be a 340-room hotel in the Portside development. Given that this is a major component of the development, certainly the investors of this development cannot proceed until they have secured a hotel operator that would need to commit at least R800 million to the Portside tower development which is now likely to have an overall development cost of over R2 billion (accounting for the 40% slide in the rand this year).

Given the prestigious landmark nature of Portside and the fact that it will be the biggest development outside of Green Point Stadium and the V&A Waterfront, the hotel would have to be an upscale five-star hotel that can generate the yield required by the developers to realise their return on this development.

What comes to mind is that an international hotel operater with worldwide exposure would occupy the hotel component of Portside. Such operators could include the following:

1. Hyatt Corporation could open a Hyatt Regency Hotel at Portside to complement their existing one in Rosebank as well as the new one being built in Oubaai, Western Cape

2. The ArabellaStarwood Group, which owns the Westin Grand Hotel at the CTICC and well as the Western Cape Hotel & Spa in Hermanus, could open a W-Hotel at Portside

3. The Rezidor Group which already has three hotels in development in SA and three existing ones, could open a flagship Regent Hotel at Portside.

4. Hilton Hotels Corp which has two hotels in SA (Sandton and Durban), could open a Hilton Hotel at Portside.

5. Marriott Hotels which has made several aborted attempts to enter SA including including Cape Town on three different ocassions could open a Marriott Hotel at Portside.
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GORGEOUS.. really really nice project
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Interesting and very nice project
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Wow, this is pretty.The curves, the eye engagement as you crane your neck... It could be twice as big as it is and I would only like it better. Good work.
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I can't wait for it to be finished. It really is a beauty.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 07:35 PM   #20
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I can't wait for it to be finished. It really is a beauty.
Indeed it is. It is the the most spectacular tower development in the country right now. I hope that the global financial crisis does not cause it to be delayed as we are famous in SA for projects that get delayed for too many reasons. But maybe this one will go along with the Cape against the pessimistic mood and negative confidence prevailing in SA right now before our general election which will be held in May 2009. At least with Old Mutual putting it's name on this private syndicated investor funded development, it stands a better much chance of getting off the ground.
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