The first of six towers in a new mixed-use neighborhood in Cape Town has “climbed” to the 23rd floor, 95 meters above the ground, just 30 months after construction began.
“Reaching the highest point of Tower 1 at Harbor Arch is a significant milestone in our construction journey,” said Nicholas Stopforth, Managing Director of Amdec Property Developments. “Despite an unforeseen delay following the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, work has progressed at a steady pace and is expected to be completed in May next year.
The main contractor, WBHO, faced several significant structural engineering challenges, including the deep drilling and excavation of subterranean rock required for the enclosure’s 3-level basement, 11 meters below land,” said Dale Blanchard, director of contracts. at WBHO.
“Working in restricted space and access, 65,000 cubic meters of earth and 5,000 cubic meters of rock had to be removed during the excavation process.”
“The wind also took its toll on our build program, especially the higher we climbed,” he said. “In one of the windiest years in Cape Town’s history, we are delighted that the team has yet been able to complete a structure of this enormity on time.”
With just under a year to go, it also took around three million man-hours to get here, with tens of thousands of people – including unskilled labourers, builders, tradesmen , technicians, engineers and architects – working to bring this iconic landmark to fruition.
Harbor Arch Tower 1 includes a glazed double-volume retail space on the ground floor – reserved for exclusive car dealerships and cafes – and another retail space on the eighth floor which will house restaurants with outdoor seating. inside and outside.
It will also include 1,188 parking spaces spread over three basements and seven levels above ground; and 560 residential apartments -82 inclusive rental units, 158 studios, 203 one-bedroom apartments, 58 two-bedroom apartments and 59 three-bedroom apartments.
There is also a terrace and an outdoor swimming pool on the 18th floor, offering a 360 degree view of the mountain and the port.
“A multi-billion rand project of this magnitude requires the technical skills, expertise and dedication of a highly specialized multi-disciplinary team,” Stopforth said. “The professional team proved up to the task, while WBHO were an automatic first choice, having successfully built and delivered Amdec Group’s R1.4 billion Yacht Club development in 2017.”
This 16 billion development by Amdec Group represents a significant private sector investment in Cape Town. According to Amdec Group CEO James Wilson, “over 20,000 jobs are created during the construction phase alone, with many other employment opportunities – particularly in the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors. retail – on completion”.
Harbor Arch will create a new gateway to the Mother City. The completed compound will include 6 towers covering 200,000 m² of usable space housing commercial and corporate offices; an urban park and shopping arcade at street level; an open-air piazza on the 8th floor lined with restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars; 2 Marriott brand hotels, with conference rooms; a flagship health and fitness club and the largest selection of residential apartments in the CBD.
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