Century City is strategically located on the N1 highway, just a few minutes from Cape Town CBD. It is a secure, privately managed, 250-hectare mixed-use precinct, for which development has exceeded R17billion to date.
This world-class model of new urban planning and implementation successfully combines residential, commercial and leisure components on the banks of eight kilometres of picturesque waterways and canals.
The development is home to over 500 companies. This includes national and regional head offices of some of South Africa’s blue-chip corporates, and more than 3 500 apartments, houses, and penthouses.
Century City is centrally located in relation to the greater Cape Town metropole, with easy access from the CBD, the popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and the Southern, Northern and West Coast suburbs.
Its situation on the N1 also provides convenient access to the Cape Town International Airport, and the Cape Winelands.
Cape Town’s largest shopping centre, Canal Walk, is within easy walking distance. Canal Walk has more than 400 shops and restaurants, attracting over 23 million shoppers every year.
There are a number of spas to choose from, a flagship Virgin Active Health Club, and a five-kilometre running and walking track.
Facilities within a safe 500-metre walk include:
- A flagship Virgin Active Health Club
- Canal Walk Shopping Centre
- Woolworths Food store and specialist retail outlets
- Restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the nearby Colosseum building
- Ratanga Junction theme park
- Century City Square with its waterfront restaurants and coffee shops
The Century City Conference Centre is one of three buildings that form the focal point of Century City Square, a beautifully proportioned space offering visitors the opportunity to socialize, relax, dine and be entertained in the new Bridgeways precinct of Century City.
The Century City Conference Centre itself has been designed as the hub and pivotal node of this precinct. The strong architectural form and aesthetic of the Conference Centre has been taken through to the 125 room Century City Hotel to form an L–shaped footprint that is offset by the more sculptural and whimsical sheer glass façade of the 7-storey freestanding office building known as The Apex. This environment is enhanced through bold landscaping themes and the extension of the canal system through a series of channels and weirs.
The urban design of the Conference Centre precinct promotes pedestrian accessibility over that of the motor vehicle, creating a comfortable human scale environment and a seamless interface between the buildings and the public square. The architecture makes maximum use of glass at the ground floor level to achieve transparency between
inside and out, while restaurants, coffee shops and the hotel’s public areas spill out onto the square with life and energy.
The architectural aesthetic is one of bold, natural and transparent materials that allows the individual ‘personality’ of each building to shine within an overriding architectural language that speaks of contemporary longevity.
The Conference Centre and the entire precinct has pioneered a new 4 star mixed-use Green Building Council of South Africa rating, ensuring that sustainable green design principles were implemented wherever possible.
Great architecture is all about place-making: the creation of buildings and spaces that make a positive contribution to their immediate context and to the broader social needs. Century City Conference Centre is a very positive and exciting contribution to the extremely successful Century City development.
Century City Conference Centre, Century City Hotel, the Apex, and the neighbouring mixed-use building have been designed to provide a comfortable and productive working environment for their occupants. They also share an over-arching environmental strategy that encompasses transport, health, energy, water, and waste.
‘Future-proofing’ of each of these structures is ensured through efficient building systems that actively respond to the climate, envelope and occupancy that vary daily and seasonally.
Air quality and indoor pollutants, thermal comfort, adequate lighting and glare control, access to daylight and views, and the sound levels have been analysed. While it is energy-efficient, the design manages to prioritise the comfort, productivity and well being of occupants and guests.
Car emissions are one of the biggest contributors to global warming. Close proximity to the My CiTi rapid transit bus service, contracted taxi and bus services all assist in reducing car travel. Designated fuel-efficient bays are also provided in selected locations.
The supply of treated effluent from the Potsdam Waste Water Treatment Works is available to the project, and assists in reducing the consumption of potable water by the buildings’ occupants. Water metering is included in the energy monitoring system.
The site is previously built on and within the urban edge, and therefore assists in reducing urban sprawl.
The environmental impact of the construction materials has been carefully considered, and adequate space for on-site recycling of office by-products has been allowed for. Contractors have been encouraged to make use of locally sourced materials to ensure maximum local economic benefit as well as reducing the environmental impact.
Greenhouse gas emissions are a consideration in the design of the entire project. Watercourse pollution recognises the quality and quantity of the stormwater run-off into the greater canal system at Century City. This helps replenish the local water table, and because of additional bio filters have been added to the canal to maintain water quality, it also improves biodiversity.
Century City Conference Centre, in partnership with Century City Connect, offers delegates and guests world-class fibre optic and wireless connectivity.
To give guests the best possible connectivity experience, a fibre optic backbone runs throughout the Conference Centre, terminating in strategic positions.
High-speed wireless services are available in every room, and all services can be customised to suit the specific needs of each event.
The wireless network is built around an open-access model, which means that each delegate or guest is able to select which ISP’s services they would like to use. Alternatively, an event organiser can choose to partner with a specific ISP for the duration of a conference.