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R700m Canal District for V&A Waterfront

The R700 million first phase of a new district at the V&A Waterfront is under way, with a corporate head office for British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) as the first project in this mixed-use area.


Artist’s impression of British American Tobacco SA’s new head office, to be built in the mixed use Canal District at the V&A Waterfront.

The 75 000 m² (7.6 ha) mixed-use Canal District straddles both sides of Dock Road. The V&A Waterfront’s acquisition of the Amway and Queen’s Hotel buildings in 2014 has a connection to Buitengracht.

The district as a whole ties strongly into the arterial route that connects the city centre to the V&A Waterfront, and into the main pedestrian route that runs along Dock Road.

V&A chief executive, David Green, says that demand for commercial space at the V&A Waterfront is driving development in this district.

“This district is also a piece in the jigsaw puzzle that provides a seamless link through to the CTICC and Cape Town’s CBD. With a canal at its heart, as well as a new urban park incorporating the remnants of the historical Amsterdam Battery, the Canal District is essentially the first point of contact with the V&A Waterfront for visitors entering the property from the city centre,” says Green.

The first building in the district, Amsterdam House, is divided into two at the centre, with the multi-national Batsa occupying 8 000 m² in the south wing.

“As with all other new V&A Waterfront developments, Amsterdam House has been designed according to best practice green design principles, and is intended to achieve a minimum five star Green Rating using the Green Star SA Office Design VI rating tool,” says Green.

NMC has been announced as the main contractor for the Amsterdam House project and car park, which are scheduled to be completed in November 2016.


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