21August2020

New R15bn redevelopment project to dramatically alter Cape Town’s skyline

A R15-billion redevelopment project is set to radically transform Cape Town’s Foreshore into a 24-hour precinct for Capetonians to live, work and play in an environment that “promotes safety and comfort.”

The developer, Amdec Property Development, says “reimagining” the  area will put the Mother City on the map with the likes of New York, Dubai and London where innovative developments have pushed the boundaries of design and architecture to become landmarks attractions.

Amdec CEO, James Wilson believes the ‘Harbour Arch’ development will become one of Cape Town’s greatest tourist attractions.

“We see how Hudson Yards, a similar large-scale development on Manhattan’s West Side, has become New York’s newest tourist attraction because of its contemporary design elements. Harbour Arch will do the same for Cape Town, already regarded as one of the best cities in the world to visit.”

Not only will the 5.8 hectare development inject R15 billion of private investment into the Cape Town CBD, it will also signal a further R100 million in infrastructure upgrades for a city where population growths are projected to reach 5million by 2050.

PEDESTRIAN CONSCIOUS LAYOUT

Harbour Arch will link the Foreshore with the CBD, the V&A Waterfront and later Woodstock.

Walking routes leading from other areas of the city to the new development will further extend the areas pedestrian conscious layout, Amdec said.

Harbour Arch’s six towers will be located alongside landscaped public spaces bustling with shops, restaurants, cocktail bars, international hotels, offices, health clubs and the largest selection of residential apartments in the CBD.

EASY ACCESS

Located at the confluence of the N1 and N2 highways, the location will also provide quick and easy vehicular access to the airport, the southern suburbs, the northern suburbs, the Atlantic seaboard and the Cape Winelands.

Residents will be able to link effortlessly to the precinct. Excellent transport connections for vehicles via the N1 and N2 highways, as well as access to the BRT routes will make Harbour Arch easily accessible by car, bus, shuttle, taxi, bike and rail.

Once completed, the Foreshore’s Harbour Arch is expected to create roughly 20 000 jobs, and finally balance the divide between the north and south sides of the city – an integration that has literally been left hanging for more than three decades because the freeway bridges designed to connect the city remain incomplete.

This article was first published by The South African on15 August 2020. 

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