District cooling plant planned for CT


A key focus area for Harbour Arch in Cape Town will be sustainability and eco-friendly innovation, with integrated green building initiatives including a centralised district cooling facility on the cards for this massive R10-billion project.

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The Amdec Group’s latest development, Harbour Arch – with the first phase due for completion by end 2020 on Cape Town’s foreshore area of the CBD – will be the largest of its kind in the city at 5.8 hectares. It represents an investment of about R10-billion, and will take 10 years to complete.

The Harbour Arch precinct, with six individual tower blocks and 200 000m2 of usable space, is set to elevate Cape Town to the world stage for sustainable development.

Harbour Arch will also boast refuse recycling, water-saving devices and rainwater harvesting, a centralised district cooling facility and low-energy LED lighting.

Nicholas Stopforth, managing director of Amdec Property Development explains that Harbour Arch, like Melrose Arch, is all about new urbanism – where all daily needs (apartments, shops, gyms, restaurants, bars) are within walking distance. Harbour Arch is modelled on the global trend for walkable precincts such as Darling Harbour in Sydney and Battersea Power Station in London.

“Not only does this type of development take a load off the transport network, but it’s all about being able to live, work and play in a precinct which is safe and secure,” explains Stopforth.

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“The new urbanism trend is well established and gaining significant traction in South Africa, with developments like Melrose Arch, Menlyn Maine, Century City and now Harbour Arch, as prime examples.” 

The development will also create significant job opportunities for the city.

According to Stopforth, the first phase is likely to create up to 2 500 jobs. Overall, construction alone could generate up to 12 000 construction jobs.

Beyond that, two Marriott branded hotels destined for the site will secure around 400 permanent jobs, with retail and lifestyle spaces holding further potential for permanent positions. The site will also offer boutique office space, upmarket residential apartments and more. 


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