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April 23, 2015
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Century City Conference Centre Already Receiving Event Requests


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Cape Town’s newest entry to the meetings industry, Century City Conference Centre, still has a year to go before it officially opens, but already is receiving queries to host events. The centre is worth around R63-million and will have a capacity for 1,900 guests across 20 venues upon completion. It forms part of Century City’s R1-billion mixed-use Urban Square Development, and according to Glyn Taylor, Chief Executive of the conference centre and the new 125-room hotel, is designed to complement the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Taylor says that Rabie Property Group understands the “longevity and sustainability of business travel”. Wesgro has welcomed the investment and believes that the project will “further enhance the offering of the province for meeting venues and events”, according to an article by Anel Lewis of Business Report.

“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.

Thanks to a soaring demand for conference space and hotels in the precinct, the Urban Square will also include The Annex, a four-storey office space about the conference centre, and The Matrix, a mixed-use building with 51 residential units. The centre has been designed with energy efficiency in mind, in line with the new four-star, mixed-use Green Building Council if South Africa rating. This includes attention to indoor pollutants, thermal comfort, access to daylight and natural lighting and air quality, among other things.

Century City is the third-largest commercial precinct in Cape Town, and its conference facilities will augment the expansion of the CTICC, expected to be complete in 2017, doubling the convention’s current capacity. Century City Conference Centre is current just over 30% complete, and is one of three buildings that will form part of the focal point of Century City Square. The Century City Hotel will be annexed to the centre to form an L-shaped footprint, offset by a sculptural, sheer glass façade of a free-standing office building known as The Apex.

According to the official website, www.ccconferencecentre.co.za, a fibre-optic backbone will run through the conference area to give guests the best possible connectivity, which high-speed wireless services will be available in every room.

 


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