Century City Square christened by Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Vibrant new Square comes alive!
Century City Square, the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City, has been completed at a cost of R1billion and is rapidly changing the landscape of our City within a City.
The development comprises the Century City Conference Centre, a 125 room hotel, offices, apartments and restaurants all situated around an open public square with 1330 under cover parking bays being provided in a super basement and structured parking garage.
With a total capacity of 1900, the Century City Conference Centre has been designed to complement Cape Town and Century City’s existing facilities and to not only fill a gap in the market but to also further cement Cape Town’s position as one of the world’s most sought-after conference destinations.
It offers flexible configurations and a total of 20 different venues including 11 meeting and breakaway rooms as well as a business lounge.
Three adjoining halls on the ground floor have a total capacity of more than 1200 delegates seated cinema style with a fourth hall able to accommodate a further 480 delegates cinema style. The multi-function venues are also available for banqueting and exhibitions while a large pre-assembly area is available for exhibitions, product launches and the like.
Officially opening the Conference Centre in February, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, commended the Rabie Property Group for its R1billion investment at The Square.
He said the tourism sector has been identified as a key growth area for the region and one of the strategic goals they had set themselves was to create an enabling environment which would grow business tourism to the region.
The new Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, he said, would make a major contribution to drawing in and accommodating new business to Cape Town and increase the number of conference delegates to the region. It was also generating more than 300 new jobs.
Leon Cohen, MD of Rabie Property Group, told guests hotel were a response to market demand. He said the Square would add value to existing Owners and tenants and would provide a catalyst for further development at Century City.
According to Paolo Viotti of Vivid Architects, every city should have at least one public square that offers a dynamic, vibrant and safe environment for the public to enjoy.
“Century City Square is a beautifully proportioned space that will offer users the opportunity to socialize, relax, dine and be entertained. The experience within this environment is further enhanced by the introduction of the extended canal system of Century City and the bold landscaping themes.”
He says: “The urban design and planning of the this precinct has ensured and encouraged pedestrian connectivity and hierarchy of that over the motor vehicle, a comfortable and safe human environment and a seamless interface between building and square. “
Century City Square was christened by spectacular Valentine Under The Stars concerts featuring the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) over the Valentine weekend.
Playing to capacity audiences on both the Saturday and Sunday nights, the CPO was accompanied by some of the top musical talent in the country in this classic-meets-pop concert which was filled with love and romance under the Cape Town night sky.
Performances included South African soprano Magdalene Minnaar, together with soprano Lynelle Kenned, a graduate of the UCT Opera School, who made her acting debut in the musical theatre production of Blood Brothers, a David Kramer adaptation of the West End’s hit.
Also wowing the audience was Afro-operatic pop sensations The Gugulethu Tenors who have become well known in South Africa since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2011. These self-taught artists have incorporated contemporary and subtle ethnic elements in their music, to make their own genre, capturing the hearts of audiences across South Africa and beyond with their talent.
Sharing the stage was Jonathan Roxmouth, praised for his performance as the Phantom in the classical show Phantom of the Opera.
The concerts were hosted by Katlego Maboe, of Expresso fame.