Harbour Arch to transform Cape Town CBD

Harbour Arch to transform Cape Town CBD

Artist’s impression of Harbour Arch, a new mixed use development at the confluence of the N1 and N2 on the Foreshore.

The Amdec Group has unveiled a major new mixed-use development on the outskirts of the Cape Town CBD.

Situated on a 5.8 ha site at the confluence of the N1 and N2 with 200 000m2 of usable space, Harbour Arch will encompass street level motor dealerships, lifestyle and convenience retail, boutique office space, upmarket residential apartments, and two Marriott branded hotels.

“The R10-billion development will ultimately comprise six individual towers above a landscaped pedestrian walkway running the entire length of the precinct,” says Nicholas Stopforth head of development at Amdec Property Developments.

“Harbour Arch is also expected to create significant job opportunities. The first phase of the development alone is expected to create around 2 500 construction jobs, and the two Marriott branded hotels will secure about 350 permanent jobs, with additional opportunities in the various retail spaces.”

Modelled on Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch, also developed by the Amdec Group, the Harbour Arch site will embrace the principles of new urban design – community, sociability, safety and security, convenience, accessibility, sustainability, eco-efficiency.

“New urban architecture has become a global phenomenon – where you live, work, play, relax, and stay in a safe, convenient, sustainable and community-focused environment. As with Melrose Arch, we are using international best practice to design these new urban spaces that will redefine city living,” says Stopforth.

Amdec chief executive, James Wilson, says: “New urban architecture is geared to allow for pedestrian traffic at all hours of the day and night, and offers residents accommodation together with other lifestyle elements, such as shops, gyms, restaurants and cocktail bars, with a huge emphasis on security.”

Wilson says Harbour Arch will be easily accessible by means of public and private transport, and will include green landscaped public spaces, cosmopolitan streetscapes, open air squares, pedestrian-friendly walkways, and carefully articulated indoor/outdoor spaces.

Bringing the whole development together is an eighth-floor central park – an interlinked podium level that will be tenanted by restaurants, coffee shops, cocktail bars, gyms, as well as convenience retail and lifestyle outlets.

Harbour Arch’s initial development phase – No 1 Harbour Arch – will comprise 432 apartments, two motor dealerships, retail, leisure, and commercial office space.

In addition to a residents-only pool, exercise area, and terrace all located on the 17th floor, the building will feature a roof garden and a viewing deck on the 24th floor.

“Harbour Arch residents can expect to enjoy fibre to the home, waste recycling, water-saving facilities and rainwater harvesting, a centralised district cooling plant, and low-energy LED lighting. The development will include well-managed and maintained infrastructure, as well as extensive parking facilities,” says Wilson.

Visit www.harbourarch.co.za.