Century City Conference Centre has already fielded inquiries to host events valued at around R63m, even though the facility is not due to open for almost another year. The centre forms part of the R1bn, mixed-use Century City Urban Square and will be able to host up to 1,900 people in 20 venues. The conference space has been designed to offer flexible configurations to cater for a variety of events and will boast both fibre optic and wireless internet connections.
The building’s design is underpinned by energy efficient features, in line with the Green Building Council of South Africa’s four-star, mixed-use rating. These include:
- Attention to the air quality and indoor pollutants
- Thermal comfort
- Access to daylight and natural lighting
- Sound levels
The centre has been designed to create a seamless interface between the buildings and the public square, which will also include a 125-room hotel, a four-storey office space above the conference centre and a mixed-use building that will include 51 residential units.
The centre has been designed to complement, rather than directly compete with the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) with a view to making Cape Town Africa’s top conference city, a priority marked out by the Western Cape Government, in an attempt to extend the tourist season with business tourism.
“Cape Town and the Western Cape has an increasingly excellent reputation as a business events destination and is currently still the number one conference destination in Africa,” said Corne Koch, head of the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau of Wesgro.
The Cape Argus reported that Glyn Taylor, chief executive of the conference centre and the new hotel said the investment by Rabie Property Group showed an understanding of the “longevity and sustainability of business travel.”
By Jenni McCann