THE R700 million expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is under way with the selection of a team of architects to create a new centre which will change the face of Cape Town.
The expansion will almost double the size of the existing convention centre.
Yesterday CTICC chief executive officer Rashid Toefy announced the award-winning trio of Piet Bakker of Stauch Vorster Architects, Anya van der Merwe of Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects and Mokena Makeka of Makeka Design Lab who will lead the expansion of “CTICC2”.
He said the expansion would create an iconic convention centre within the redeveloped Foreshore precinct which would include 10 000m2 of retail space, a hospital, hotel and an office tower.
An artist’s impression of what the Cape Town International Convention Centre will look like once a R700 million expansion of the facility has been completed.
It would also contribute to the regeneration of Founders Garden by the province, which will connect the Artscape precinct with the new larger CTICC.
The CTICC had received 688 bookings for events until 2018 and had to turn down other bookings and offers because the current venue was not big enough, he said.
“We can’t grow much further unless we have more space,” said Toefy.
Statistics showed that only 3 percent of “meetings” happen in Africa and the expansion would allow the CTICC to attract more conferences, Toefy added.
“We compete with other long-haul destinations. We also win eight out of 10 of our bids. As Cape Town we’ve got that X-factor,” said Toefy.
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