Cape Town – Transnet National Ports Authority has announced The V&A Waterfront as the preferred bidder for the long-overdue Cape Town Cruise terminal in South Africa’s oldest working harbour.
The agreement includes operation, maintenance and transfer of ownership back to TNPA after 20 years.
David Green, CEO V&A Waterfront told Traveller24 that the V&A Waterfront’s mandate starts from September 2015 with an initial two year redevelopment project making up the first phase of the R179 million development. The entire redevelopment of the passenger terminal is expected to be completed by December 2017.
“From an economic impact assessment conducted, we know that developments by the V&A Waterfront could contribute a cumulative R223.7 billion to the nominal GDP by 2027. The investment into the re-development of the passenger terminal would contribute to this figure.”
An extension of the V&A Waterfront experience
“Our focus will be primarily on enhancing the experience. The cruise terminal gives us the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our fair city, and is important in the first impression it will create of Cape Town,” said Green.
According to Green, the intention is for the facility to comfortably handle the full passenger complement of the likes of cruise liners such as the MSC Symphonia or the Opera.
“The terminal building is in close proximity to the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront, which is set to become a major hub with the development of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. With the development of the terminal building comes better access to and egress from this area,” he said.
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“Our vision is to scale the retail offering up or down in response to demand, in addition to baggage handling services, immigration desks and infrastructure and customs facilities.
But owing to the seasonality of the cruise industry, the project is aiming to “develop and run the terminal building as multi-use to bring activity year round”.
South Africa’s cruise season runs from October to April and while activity has increased in the past 10 years and passenger volumes had doubled globally South Africa accounts for an estimated 0.6 percent of overall passenger activity.
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Cape Town – In 2013, the V&A Waterfront announced its R500-million philanthropic undertaking in the conversion of the historic Grain Silo complex into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
More than a year into the ambitious redevelopment of this heritage landmark, an exclusive 5 500m2, 28-key hotel, managed and operated by The Royal Portfolio, has been announced.
The Silo is an exclusive hotel in all aspects, including its special location atop the Museum with 360 degree mountain and sea views. Renowned industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, London is the architect for the reimagining of the Grain Silo complex, which combines both the museum and the hotel above it.
From the outside, the greatest visible change to the Grain Silo’s monumental structure will be the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the existing geometry of the upper floors, which will bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this will transform the building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbour.
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.
David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said, “This hotel will offer something rather unique by virtue of its size and incredibly special location. We believe The Royal Portfolio is the operator that will deliver an exceptional guest experience and run the hotel to the highest, luxury boutique standard.”
In an independent economic impact assessment commissioned in 2012 and updated in 2014, findings indicated that future developments at the V&A Waterfront would contribute R223.7-billion to the nominal GDP by 2027, over and above the R259.1-billion contribution of the past 12 years.
In addition to the contribution to GDP, development at the V&A Waterfront is responsible for impressive direct and indirect job creation. At its peak, the Silo District development, at a cost of R1.5-billion, will have 2 000 workers onsite.
Green concluded, “Development at the V&A Waterfront is important in not only ensuring the destination remains relevant and fulfils market needs, but also in the economic stimulus it provides.”
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