Via Scoop.it – Exhibitions, Conferences & Trade Shows – South Africa
Construction work is expected to commence by mid-2013, and will be completed at the end of 2015. The development will cost approximately R4.5 billion, adding an additional 49 000m⊃2; of lettable space to the Centre.
CTICC management have already secured the 10 000-delegate strong 35th International Geological Congress for August 2016, which will require use of the full expanded convention space soon to be built. This sets a firm deadline for the completion of construction work. In the mean time, the CTICC’s marketing team is continually bidding to host new events, with 178 conferences booked for the Centre between now and 2020.
The plans are ambitious, but perfectly feasible, and are set to completely alter the face of Cape Town’s foreshore area. The expansion will consist of new exhibition space, an office tower, a Netcare Hospital tower, a residential tower and a parking garage. On top of said garage will be a rejuvenated version of Founder’s Garden, which will slope down to towards the street and extend towards the Artscape. Over 10 000m⊃2; of retail will be included in this new precinct. The architects will be aiming for a 6-Star Green Star rating, which will cement the expansion as one of the greenest buildings in the world. The Cape Town International Convention Centre has been a major success since its inception in 2003.
Having attracted over 5 million visitors to the city, and created over 60 000 jobs, today it is the only profitable convention centre in the world and hosts more events than Johannesburg and Durban combined. The expansion is sure to cement the Cape Town International Convention Centre as Africa’s premier destination for conferencing and events.