V&A Waterfront's No 1 Silo will embrace historical landmarks
The final slab of the roof has been laid on the sixth floor of No 1 Silo, officially topping out the building under construction at the V&A Waterfront.
The topping out signifies that the highest point of the structure has been achieved, 11 months after the groundbreaking event.
V&A Waterfront chief executive David Green says No 1 Silo will have more than 18 000m² of AAA-grade office space and will form part of the Silo District. This area i s named for the original grain silo building, a heritage landmark at the V&A.
"The No 1 Silo development will embrace the historical landmarks of the former grain elevator and silo buildings, which will be the centrepiece of a public plaza incorporating a combination of public civic space and commercial development. The construction of this building is the first stage in the development of the Silo District," said Green.
"Managing a complex engineering project of this size has been a phenomenal achievement for the development team. This is a living, working, residential area that includes vast public spaces, heritage sites and a working harbour. It is currently the largest multi-use development in South Africa."
One of the significant engineering feats included suspending the original dust house in the air while constructing the basement parking to incorporate the old dust house building in the newly-built fabric.
The No 1 Silo building is expected to be one of the most advanced sustainable buildings in Africa, providing its tenants with a healthier working environment and saving up to 50 percent in operating costs in the long term.
Features of this building include using sea water to cool the building and heat generated from the IT server room to warm the reception area. A high-performance double-skin glass façade will maximise views of Table Mountain and the sea, and ensure optimal use of natural light. Displacement ventilation will push larger than usual quantities of fresh air through the building, and for much of the year the air can be drawn directly from outside.
The V& A Waterfront is becoming an integral part of City of Cape Town's expanding MyCiti bus service, and public access to the district will be enhanced with the roll-out of phase two of the Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system.
By the end of the year, the IRT will be operating directly from the V& A Waterfront to Cape Town International Airport. Two IRT trunk stations will soon be located at The Wharf and Silo district, and routes from Blouberg and Camps Bay will also be scheduled directly into the Waterfront.
"Good availability of public transport, a clean, safe and beautiful environment, generous public spaces, historical monuments, restaurants, premier shops and office space keep the Silo District on track in our bid to remain a worldclass mixed-use destination," said Green.
Construction of the No 1 Silo building is on track for occupation in the third quarter of next year.
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Posted at 07:26AM Nov 19, 2012 by Editor in Commercial |