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Friday Aug 15, 2014

Cape Town's tallest building officially unveiled

Cape Town's tallest building - which has 34 floors and is 139m high - has been officially unveiled.

The new Portside building in Cape Town's city centre.

Portside in the city centre is a joint initiative between FirstRand Bank and Old Mutual and has 57 000m of office space and 1 444 parking bays.

FNB yesterday conducted a media tour of the 5-Star Green Star SA rated building it said offered a 360 degree view of the city.

'FNB has a strong presence in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Our investment in Portside is an extension of our continued commitment to investing in the development of the city and region,' FNB provincial head Stephan Claassen said.

It would host various activities to benefit Cape Town residents and showcase key attributes of the city.

Derick Henstra, an architect who was involved in the building's construction, described it as a timeless 21st century building - both modern and a classic.

'A thoroughly collaborative design process ensured that the building expresses the vision that the client had for Portside. The city of Cape Town is set within an extraordinary landscape and Portside was designed to become a landmark while being considerate to its immediate surroundings,' he said.

Seventy parking bays have been dedicated to the use of hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles. There are also 70 motorcycle bays, 16 parking bays are equipped with electric car chargers and 26 have been wired for future electric car chargers.

Most of the construction and fit-out of the building was completed in May and occupation of Portside was taken in June. Construction started in August 2011.

Cape Times

 
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