The inside story of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Waterfront Story online ebook

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The book covers:

  • The history of Table Bay and the events that led to the need for a harbour, and the development of the Victoria & Alfred Basins.
  • The development of Duncan Dock which moved the shoreline 1.6km out to sea and the reclamation of the Foreshore, effectively ending the old CBD’s intimate relationship with the Bay.
  • The catalysts for the redevelopment of the old harbour into a public amenity and the events leading to the establishment of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront company.
  • The steps the new company took to ensure public participation and achieve an agreement with the municipality to allow development to take place quickly.  The release of the Development Framework Plan and the Urban Design Plan.
  • The development of the Pier Head Precinct and Victoria Wharf, followed by Cape Grace Hotel, Table Bay Hotel and the conversion of the Old Jail into UCT’s Graduate School of Business.
  • The planning and development of the first residential area — the Waterfront Marina and the canal into the city.  See inside the penthouses and apartments today with QR codes to what is for sale now.
  • The changes in corporate ownership from Transnet to its Pension Fund and, ultimately, the sale to foreign owners in 2006 for R7 billion.  The One&Only Hotel opens.
  • The bleak period during ownership by Dubai World and London & Regional Properties which saw little development and maintenance and focused on international tourists.
  • The appointment of David Green as CEO and his vision for the Waterfront, which returns the focus to catering for locals and South Africans.
  • The purchase of the Waterfront by the Public Investment Corporation (representing the Government Employees Pension Fund) and Growthpoint Properties for R9.7 billion in 2011.  The Waterfront is now part-owned by more than 1.2 million South Africans and development resumes rapidly.
  • The Blue Shed gets a major upgrade and becomes the Watershed, giving a sign of things to come.  PicknPay relocates into the parking garage with a much larger store.  It is now a store that caters for the region.
  •   Allan Gray’s award-winning green office HQ opens in the Silo District followed the iconic redevelopment of the old grain silos into the Zeitz MOCAA Gallery and Silo Hotel. This unlocks the development of the rest of the Silo District with hotels, residential accommodation and offices.
  • The Gateway District alongside the canal to the Convention Centre improves the integration of the Waterfront to the CBD, while Battery Park introduces a unique urban amenity on the edge of the Waterfront area.

The book is full of QR codes which you can scan with your mobile device and which links online to:

  • Examples of lessons learnt elsewhere
  • Old publications & reports providing more information
  • Planning & design documents and the Agreement with the Municipality
  • Current Waterfront reports and documents

The eBook has identical content to the print version and works exceptionally well on large screens, but is perfectly readable on a laptop screen. You will need some patience to read it on a mobile phone.

The eBook is perfect if you want to look at the book before buying it or if you are overseas and the shipping costs are too high to justify.

The link to the eBook appears as "The Book" in the menu bar as soon as your payment is received, and if you are logged in.

2 reviews for The Waterfront Story online ebook

  1. Gavin J.

    I often read books on Amazon Kindle but, after seeing sample pages on the website, I was sceptical about how these would appear in an ebook. I was more than pleasantly surprised.
    Flipping through the pages was a pleasure (with sound effects) and it really is easy to read on my laptop with its 14″ screen. I am tempted to buy a bigger monitor.
    The book itself is magnificent. The depth of information, the insight into how the V&A became what it is today, and of course the photographs!
    International shipping costs for the printed book are rather steep, so I am grateful that I was at least able to read this.

  2. oscar siches

    A wonderful tale of the history of a key area of Cape Town.

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