Redevelopment of Cape Town Station complete

The redevelopment of Cape Station is complete

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The redevelopment of Cape Station is complete, opening a direct corridor between Strand Street and the Cape Town railway station and boasting an unrestricted and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare through a ‘grand entrance’ galleria.

One of GVK-Siya Zama’s largest projects to date, by value – and its largest in the Western Cape, the construction company has worked around the clock to complete the project, transforming the Cape Station into a mixed-use residential and retail space.

Aligned with similar projects in European cities where less desirable spaces are being transformed into sought—after residential and retail offerings, the 77 000m2 redevelopment incorporates a 20-storey, 3 000-bed purpose-built student accommodation facility, 6 700m2 of retail space, and a new world-class public square.

“The project had to be complete in time for the 2024 student intake. The 20-storey building required hoisting of some 9 000 000 bricks, which meant many extra hours of crane hook time and additional protection and resources while navigating adverse weather conditions,” comments GVK-Siya Zama’s MD of its Cape business unit, Chris Maughan.

“Many elements had an industrial look and feel. We had to find ways to retain the architectural features without making the development feel too basic,” adds Maughan. Due to the size of the project, financial consideration played a critical role in product selection, and it became increasingly challenging to ensure that cost effective products did not distract from aesthetic goals and the envisioned design.

With student safety and wellbeing as primary focus, the development includes several study hubs, seven-a-side football fields on the fourth floor of the building and cinema and relaxation areas to create a safe, enjoyable, and practical living space.

The building also boasts solar and energy efficient appliances including many safety features, specifically related to fire compliance.

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