Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Waterfront panorama.jpg
Location Cape Town, Western Cape
Coordinates 33°54′11″S 18°25′22″E / 33.90306°S 18.42278°E / -33.90306; 18.42278Coordinates: 33°54′11″S 18°25′22″E / 33.90306°S 18.42278°E / -33.90306; 18.42278
Ocean/sea sources Table Bay Harbour of the Atlantic Ocean
Basin countries South African
Website www.waterfront.co.za

The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town is situated on the Atlantic shore, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Adrian van der Vyver designed the complex.

Overview[edit]

Clock Tower (built 1882) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Waterfront attracts more than 23 million visitors a year.[1]

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.

History[edit]

V&A Waterfront - Monument.jpg

Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, visited the Cape Colony harbour in 1860 as a sixteen year-old Royal Navy Midshipman on HMS Euryalus. He made a big splash with the colonials 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[edit]

The complex houses over 450 retail outlets, including fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audio-visual equipment. The V&A Waterfront is also still a working harbour and fishing boats bring in fresh fish, and larger container ships are towed in by tugboats.

Developments[edit]

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.[2]

Features in the waterfront[edit]

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