Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
|Victoria & Alfred Waterfront|
|Location||Cape Town, Western Cape|
|Ocean/sea sources||Table Bay Harbour of the Atlantic Ocean|
|Basin countries||South African|
The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Adrian van der Vyver has been credited with the design of the waterfront that is tourist friendly.
The Waterfront attracts more than 23 million visitors a year.
Situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbour, the 123 hectares (300 acres) area has been developed for mixed-use, with both residential and commercial real estate.
Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, visited the Cape Colony harbour in 1860 as a sixteen year-old Royal Navy Midshipman in HMS Euryalus. He made a big splash with the colonials and the tribal chiefs on this first-ever visit by a member of the Royal Family. The first basin of the new Navy Yard was named after him and the second after his mother.
Products and Services
With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audio-visual equipment. The Waterfront is also still a working harbour and the fishing boats can be seen bringing in fresh fish and large container ships being towed in by the tugboats.
The Waterfront has recently seen development in its new Silo district, which currently houses the new headquarters of Allan Gray Investment Management at Silo 1 and apartments at Silo 2. The project is expected to be completed in 2017 with the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, a Virgin Active gym and a hotel in the works.
Features in the waterfront
- Two Oceans Aquarium
- University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
- Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island
- Chavonnes Battery
- Philani Nombembe, "V&A Waterfront contributes almost R200 billion to SA economy, retail sales grow again", Sunday Times, 26 January 2015
- Greve, Natalie. "V&A Waterfront commits further R1.5bn to Silo district development". Retrieved 2015-08-30.
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