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Old December 3rd, 2007, 02:15 AM   #1
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CAPE TOWN | V&A Waterfront Development News

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In "The New Waterfront - A Worldwide Urban Success Story" by Ann Breen and Dick Rigby (1996), Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is categorised as a "major waterfront transformation", along with other international examples such as Darling Harbour in Sydney, Baltimore's Inner Harbour, the Harbourfront in Toronto and Teleport City in Tokyo. The transformation of these cities' waterfronts, no matter what the motivating factor, has generally been bold and dramatic. According to Breen and Rigby, while "major transformation" does not always mean big, these projects are compared for their impact and symbolic value.

"Many (of the transformations) have had a significant effect on the civic psyche, touching as they do the souls of their cities and giving renewed pride to their residents."

Most of the successful international examples cited in "The New Waterfront" have a unifying element in the public’s desire to be near a body of water - in sharp contrast to the time when many waterfront areas were lined with heavy industry, docks and fenced- off warehouses. As was the case in these cities, Cape Town's harbour had become detached from the city centre, but through the redevelopment the area has undergone a change from heavy industrial land-use to light commercial, tourism, entertainment and residential usage.

It is clear that the popular success of waterfront developments on a global scale is a tangible sign of the vitality of cities, even in a world increasingly dominated by suburbs. Cape Town's harbour area and, by extension, its inner city, has benefited dramatically from the development of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and will continue to do so for years to come.

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After a year of public consultation and negotiation to obtain planning approval from the Cape Town City Council, redevelopment of the docklands began towards the end of 1989 with the installation of new services infrastructure. Although plans were drawn for the entire 123-hectare site, Phase One focused on the Pierhead Precinct only. The original Docks Offices, Cape Town's first power station, warehouses and numerous smaller Victorian buildings had all suffered years of insensitive and inadequate maintenance and industrial use. The general environment reflected the limited concerns of a working harbour, although the fabric of the granite quay walls and timber wharves and jetties provided one of the most romantic settings in the city. The refurbishment of these buildings for their new uses took place during 1990 and was largely completed by Christmas of that year.

The Pierhead became the initial public focus of the Waterfront project. The restoration phase introduced new uses for the old buildings, such as restaurants and taverns, speciality shopping, a hotel, theatre, craft market and the national Maritime Museum. Some new floating jetties were also introduced.

New hard and soft landscaping complemented the quayside ambience, while the level of management set new standards for public safety and cleanliness of both the public and the water areas.

An important element in the overall concept was the retention of the working elements of the harbour, which provides a vibrant and exciting backdrop to the new development. Working harbour features that have been retained include the harbour tugs, pilot and fishing boats, and traffic to the synchrolift and dry dock. Authenticity has been a key objective in the planning and redesign of the area, and the restored fabric provides a rich maritime experience for visitors. It also provides a unique educational experience, and regular education and development programmes are arranged during school holidays.

Phase Two of the project saw the completion of the 26 500m² Victoria Wharf speciality retail and entertainment centre at the end of October 1992. The additional restaurants, entertainment and speciality shopping provided the critical mass necessary to make the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront the biggest single shopping and entertainment destination in Cape Town, attractive to domestic visitors and international tourists.

During 1993 the Waterfront City Lodge hotel was opened and a Caltex service station and regional head office was also completed.

Phase Three of the project got underway in January 1994. During 1994 and 1995 the following major projects were completed: The BMW Pavilion and Imax Theatre, an Auto Atlantic BMW dealership, The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Granger Bay Phase 1 shore protection works.

In May 1996, an historic milestone was achieved when construction was completed and the former oil tank farm in the old quarry was converted into the New Basin small craft harbour.

In September 1996 the 18 000m extension to the Victoria Wharf shopping centre commenced trading. This has reinforced the Waterfront as a premier regional shopping destination. The 122-room five-star Cape Grace Hotel, on the New Basin's West Quay edge, also opened for business in December 1996. The Waterfront's flagship hotel, the 329-room international five-star Table Bay Hotel on Quay 6 (in partnership with Sun International), commenced trading at the beginning of April 1997.

The current phase in the development has two major initiatives - the New and Upper Basin residential marina development, and a mixed-use development in the Clock Tower Precinct.

The residential project will comprise some 550 dwelling units and 200 moorings for yachts and other recreation craft. Currently 351 units have been completed, and the balance are due for comlpetion by the end of 2006.

The development of the Clock Tower Precinct sees the integration of fishing industry activities with new uses such as offices, retail, restaurants and a public ferry terminal to service Robben Island.

Used at various times as a hospital, leper colony and a military base, Robben Island gained international recognition as the site of the political prison where former President Nelson Mandela and other political activists were incarcerated for 18 years. The island, which has been declared a World Heritage Site, is currently being redeveloped by the State as a museum and public visitor attraction. Linking it with the Waterfront ensures a synergistic relationship between two of Cape Town's most important visitor attractions.

Phase One of the Clock Tower Precinct project comprises a 25 000m² corporate headquarters, 5 000m² of retail space, 3 000m² of office space and the Robben Island ferry terminal, known as the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. This R380 million development phase was completed in December 2001.

In addition to the ongoing Marina Residential project, recent developments include the 8 500m² BP Regional Headquarters and construction of a multi-level parking garage on Breakwater Boulevard.
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A Success Story

What was for Transnet a loss-making asset, has, under the stewardship of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Company, become a vibrant and profitable property development project which enjoys an enviable international profile.

Unlike many of the overseas waterfront developments, there were no government or state grants to kick-start the project. All capital needed was raised on a commercial basis and has remained market-driven. In total, over one billion South African Rand has been invested in the project to date, and the V&A Waterfront is today one of the most desirable addresses in Southern Africa.

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#One&Only Hotel - Seven Star Hotel - 8F


Sol Kerzner is back in SA with big plans to shake-up the tourist industry. Julian Rademeyer spoke to him

Sun king Sol Kerzner is back in South Africa and breaking new ground with a luxury R900-million resort that is being built in Cape Town.

One&Only Cape Town will boast sweeping views of Table Mountain and the city’s harbour, three exclusive 600-metre square residential penthouses and two man-made islands — one with a state of-the-art spa and the other with heat treatment areas, pools and a “tranquil meditative relaxation zone”.

The 130-key hotel complex is expected to open its doors in the last quarter of 2009. Situated at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, it will overlook the marina.

The design will have a “contemporary” feel while “drawing heavily on Africa’s culture and heritage”.

On the dining front, the hotel will boast the signature Japanese cuisine of internationally renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa — “with a few South African twists”.

The project began to take shape four years ago but stalled when the V&A Waterfront “ran into a spot of bother” with the City of Cape Town and “got entangled in litigation”, Kerzner said this week.

He believes the resort will not only shake-up South Africa’s hospitality industry but will also attract a new market of “upper- end” tourist.

“I think it does have quite a significant impact. When people come out to this part of the world, they are not just going to go to Cape Town. At the upper-end of the market it will be beneficial not only to Cape Town, but it will be beneficial to the other logical destinations that we have in SA.”

Kerzner said the decision to build the resort in Cape Town reflects his faith in the country’s burgeoning tourism industry.

“I was always a great optimist about the potential for tourism in South Africa. I remember, not long ago, the big deal for Satour was to crack one million tourists a year. I’m told that is now history. It is very exciting.”

Last year, 8.4 million tourists visited the country.

At 72, the hotel and casino tycoon has a “beautiful, wonderful wife” and is “busier than ever”. He and wife Heather, 38, who live in London, have been together since 1999. It is his fourth marriage and her second.

Despite a heart-bypass operation last November, Kerzner shows no signs of slowing down.

By 2010 he hopes to have another four new luxury resorts up and running — in Morocco, Zanzibar, Cost Rica and The World in Dubai, a man-made archipelago of 300 islands in the shape of a world map.

But his achievements these days are tinged with sadness. A year ago, his son and heir Butch, died in a helicopter crash while surveying potential development sites in the Dominican Republic.

Unveiling plans for the new Cape Town resort this week, Kerzner said: “Obviously things for me will never be quite the same.”

The expansion of Kerzner International’s luxury hotel portfolio and the rollout of the One&Only brand was initially driven by Butch Kerzner.

His son’s death forced Sol back to the helm of the Kerzner International group.

Now, he says, he can’t imagine retiring to the seaside.

“We are busier than we ever have been in terms of all the new developments. Obviously I can’t be moving forward with all that and — in the back of my mind — thinking about when I’m going to step back and go play on the beach”.

Kerzner’s luxury One&Only brand currently has six resorts in its stable — in the Bahamas, Dubai, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mexico.

Announcements of new developments have been coming thick and fast recently.

On Friday, briefing journalists at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, Kerzner unveiled his Cape Town plans. This came after Dubai World — a leading international holding company with 50 000 employees in more than 100 cities around the globe — announced on Wednesday that it was partnering Kerzner in developing a 150-million resort and spa retreat at Muyuni Beach in Zanzibar.

And in August, Kerzner International announced plans to build a One&Only resort in Cacique, Costa Rica.

For nearly four decades, Kerzner has been turning fantasy into reality.

Launched in 2002, the One&Only chain has won accolades from Conde Nast and Forbes magazines, and honours at the World Travel Awards.

One&Only sells itself as a “collection of the world’s finest resorts, each individually designed and crafted, inspired by its own supreme location”.

Travellers can sample “remote island retreats, enchanting palaces and contemporary haut chic”, according to the promotional material.





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Dubia World Africa set up headquarters in Cape Town

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Dubai World is becoming a major investor in Africa's tourism sector

For much of Dubai's recent history - about three decades at the most - the philosophy of the ruling al-Maktoum family has been: "Let's build it and the world will come."

And so it has. The small emirate, one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates, has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years and has created a regional trade and finance hub that has attracted most of the world's top corporate names. As a result, the nonoil sector now accounts for 95% of gross domestic product compared with less than half (46%) in the early 1970s.

But in recent years, the inward focus of the emirate has shifted and Dubai is starting to make its presence felt on the global stage. The mechanism: an array of state-owned companies that are building impressive investment, financial and property portfolios around the globe.

On the investment side, Dubai International Capital has US$12bn in assets under management, of which an increasing amount is outside the Gulf region - witness its recent acquisition of a small stake in electronics group Sony.

But for the most part, it is Dubai World that has expanded the realm of the emirate. Dubai World controls a collection of diverse and successful companies including DP World, which owns the port of Jebel Ali in Dubai; Dubai Maritime City; Dry Docks World; and property groups Nakheel and Istithmar. It also has a stake in Kerzner International, the leisure group headed by SA entrepreneur Sol Kerzner.


Dubai World chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem says various companies from Dubai invested about $3,5bn in the US last year, in spite of the fact that DP World was forced to sell off the US assets acquired in its purchase of the UK's P&O, the ports and ferries operation. In November, DP World listed 23% on the Dubai International Financial Exchange, raising $5bn in the Middle East's biggest stock market offer to date.

Another Dubai World subsidiary, Istithmar, has been driving the company's expansion in Africa. Since the company acquired Cape Town's V&A Waterfront from Transnet for more than R7bn last year, Dubai World's expansion into Africa has been meteoric. It has created a new company, Dubai World Africa (DWA), with headquarters in Cape Town, to consolidate its portfolio on the continent.

On top of the V&A deal, Sultan bin Sulayem has indicated that the company will invest about $1,5bn on the continent over the next five years. "We want our portfolio to be globally balanced and offer a return of at least 20%/year. And SA and the rest of the continent have shown strong economic growth that enables these kinds of returns," he says.

DWA CEO James Wilson says the 2010 soccer World Cup is providing "a window of opportunity" for SA and Africa. As it is, Dubai World has long identified SA as a sound investment.

The Western Cape and Mpumalanga are particular focus areas for the group. "Cape Town is already growing 5%-6%/year, and that will pick up as the World Cup approaches," Wilson says.

With this in mind, the company has embarked on extensive expansion of the V&A, which will double its space and attract major hotel, leisure and retail groups to the property.

"There is no shortage of partners; every hotel group wants to be in the Cape," Wilson says. Kerzner International's One&Only group is already in the process of building a luxury hotel at the waterfront.

Also in the Cape, DWA earlier this year acquired the Pearl Valley golf estate for $75m and is investing a further $75m to upgrade the project by building a five-star hotel and 60 private apartments.

The other focus area of the group's investment activity is conservation and ecotourism. DWA Conservation has been established as a holding company for what is expected to be a number of prime game reserves in Africa.

In SA, the group has pockets of land to create a 30 000 ha game reserve, Nkomazi, near Badplaas in Mpumalanga, for $25m and is planning to spend a further $75m to restock the property with game and develop a number of five-star private lodges. Its partner in the venture is local property developer Fred Daniel, while the One&Only group is also considering building a commercial lodge there.

Wilson says talks are being held with the provincial government and community trusts to align Nkomazi with the 50 000 ha Songimvelo regional park. "If successful, it would make it the largest private reserve in SA," he says. The province and the local community land trust could become shareholders in the venture.

The company's investments in the rest of Africa have to date been focused on four places: Djibouti, Rwanda, Zanzibar and the Comores.

* In Rwanda, Dubai World is investing up to $250m. Together with the government, the company is developing a tourism master plan for the country.

Planned investments include an ecotourism lodge in the eastern rain forest and a 250-room hotel in the capital, Kigali, along a rehabilitated golf course. The government will become a minority shareholder in all the ventures.

* In Djibouti, DWA has opened a Kempinsky Hotel at a cost of $250m, including the expansion of the beach front and the development of 50 villas.

An interesting acquisition is that of privately owned Djibouti Airlines by Dubai World Aviation, which is driving the company's global growth in the aviation and airports sector. "The airline will help us ferry visitors between our various African destinations," says Wilson.

* In Zanzibar, it is developing the Muyuni Beach resort for $150m, which includes buying 3 km of prime beachfront property. One&Only has been appointed to build a luxury hotel.

* In the Comores, it has bought the Le Galawa Beach hotel, formerly run by Sun International, from the Comores government. It will demolish it and build a new five-star, 150-bed international hotel. Wilson says the company is engaging with government to develop a master plan for infrastructure and tourism on the islands.

Though DWA has almost 2 000 people working on its projects and has ambitious expansion plans in Africa, Wilson feels there is a lot more the countries could do to boost tourism. "SA has about 1m-2m overseas tourists. That could easily rise to 5m with substantial economic spinoffs.

"But the problem is that the tourists can't get here because of a lack of flights," he says, calling on the SA government to facilitate many more direct flights from all over the world.

He also suggests that enhancing collaboration between countries in the region, both in terms of greater trade and tourism, would make travel for tourists easier - especially if there is one visa for Southern Africa, similar to the Schengen visa in the European Union.

"Though there are many challenges in Africa, but we are here for the long term and see good opportunities," he says.
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# Palgrave and Pembroke building - Residential/Apartments - 6F




Bold in form and striking in stature, the new Palgrave and Pembroke buildings are winding up development at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront Marina with a flourish. Their simple, clean finishes accentuate the exuberant geometry of their structure, giving them a somewhat nautical air – in keeping with their role as the Marina’s final, flagship development.

Two separate contracts designed and managed as one, Palgrave and Pembroke occupy a prime site at the entrance to the Marina, the 18-building, 514-apartment residential component of the V&A Waterfront begun in 2000. Together the two buildings form a terraced, six-storey, 18 000sq m apartment block designed to maximise the spectacular views of the ocean, marina and Table Mountain. The Palgrave building also dips to two levels at one point to provide an ocean-viewing corridor from the neighbouring suburb of Green Point.

Intricate geometries
In the words of architect Rushdy Parker, “the facades are rendered with intricate geometries that generate varying conditions for internal and external habitable areas across its levels.” The net effect is that every shopfront is at an angle or on a curve, varying both laterally across the footplate and vertically up the terraces. The building is anchored in its context by slate and sandstone cladding respectively on the ground level and around the four main entrances. Steel balustrades and grey, marmoran-coated feature elements up to the second level give the building a weight which lifts towards the upper levels where white marmoran and glass balustrades predominate. Clerestorey glazed elements over each of the main entrances and pop-up light roofs over the penthouses open the building to the landscape on both sides and accentuate the vertical scale of the building.
With three penthouses each, Palgrave and Pembroke consist of 17 and 45 apartments respectively, five of them duplexes at ground-floor level. Each of the 20 ground-floor units opens onto the landscaped garden and 11 have their own swimming pools – as do five of the six penthouses. A basement level accommodates the plantrooms and provides two parking bays per apartment, and three for penthouses.
Interior finishes are of the highest quality, with a wide variety of finishes available to purchasers. “Travertine floor and wall tiles were a popular choice that complemented the custom-designed Poggenpohl kitchens imported from Germany,” says Parker. Fitted with Caesarstone worktops, integrated Miele appliances, ducted air-conditioning, heated towel-rails and under-floor heating, the apartments are also acoustically insulated from each other and protected by comprehensive security systems.

Maintaining quality under pressure
Located within the old, disused quarry once used to supply aggregate for the construction of the original harbour, the buildings are founded on rock which required blasting at the outset. As Development Manager Mike Brokenshire points out, the corrosive marine environment also necessitated the use of high grade stainless steel on all exposed items.

“With most jobs these days being fast track,” says Mike Brodie of WBHO Cape, “the big challenge is how to maintain quality whilst still being able to meet one’s deadlines. This particular project required a very high standard of finishes which we have managed to achieve. Key to this was being disciplined about the sequence of trades. Making sure that out-of-sequence work did not happen went a long way to avoid quality problems at a later stage. A lot of effort was put into quality monitoring and management – we employed and trained a lot of junior staff for this purpose.”

Constructed at a combined cost of R190 million, the occupation dates of the two buildings were spilt for manageability with Palgrave opening in August 2007, and Pembroke due for occupation in November 2007. Incorporating a working lock that will link the harbour basin with the canal running through the Marina and into the City, and an air-conditioning system makes use of the sea water to assist cooling, Palgrave and Pembroke are anything but average – even by Cape Town’s trend-setting standards.
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Sorry for a bit offtopic question, but this picture is absolutely incredible - A+++ extra class quality. I would like to know what is the camera behind it?
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I love what's happening at V&A at the moment. It's so exciting!
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Thanks for the great pics as usual. Any plans/ news of extending the CT Waterfront? It's become very small and crowded with both visitors and traffic.
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the news of the expansion should be made available later this year. the only major improvement for traffic is granger bay boulevard. post 2010 possible a rail link, but more importantly the inner city bus system will be in place by 2010 and serve the waterfront as well
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l spent a lot of time in the V&A mall during my vacations in SA, beautiful complex in a beautiful city!
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A building ala sydney opera house in the harbour would make Cape Town complete.
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our world cup stadium is adjacent to the waterfront.
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our world cup stadium is adjacent to the waterfront.
I know that and it looks great.

But it will be empty 90 percent of the time.

I was thinking more of a cultural beacon in the habour looking directly back on the city.
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not sure we need it. theres that big mountain..robben island..not sure there is space or is there?
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