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Height: Architectural 136.4 m / 448 ft
Height: Occupied 105.9 m / 347 ft
Height: To Tip 136.4 m / 448 ft
Height: Observatory 105.9 m / 347 ft
Floors Above Ground 30
Floors Below Ground 5
# of Elevators 22
Top Elevator Speed 3.5 m/s
Tower GFA 116,000 m² / 1,248,614 ft²
Development GFA 116,200 m² / 1,250,766 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 1,382


Official Name Portside
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country South Africa
City Cape Town
Street Address & Map 2 Buitengracht Street
Postal Code 8001
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Energy Label 5 Star Green Star
Proposed 2010
Construction Start 2011
Completion 2014

Companies Involved

Owner FirstRand Bank; Old Mutual Properties
Developer Eris Property Group; Old Mutual Properties
Design dhk Architects Pty Ltd; Louis Karol Architects
Structural Engineer
Design WSP Group
Peer Review Aurecon
MEP Engineer
Design Benatar Consulting; BFBA; Claassen Auret International; Spoormaker & Partners, Inc
Peer Review Matrix Consulting Services
Project Manager Absolute Project Management; Metrum Project Management; SIP Project Managers
Main Contractor Murray & Roberts
Other Consultant
• Acoustics MacKenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustic Engineers
• Civil Clive Newsome; WSP Group
• Fire Solution Station
• Food Service Cookchill
• Life Safety Ukhuseleko Health & Safety
• Preservation Ashley Lillie Heritage Specialist
• Quantity Surveyor AECOM; De Leeuw Group
• Sustainability Agama Energy
• Traffic HHO Africa Infrastructure Engineers
• Vertical Transportation Proji-Tech; WAC Projects
Material Supplier
• Cladding Mazor Group
• Electrical Brand Engineering
• Elevator Schindler
• Flooring Penta Flooring
• HVAC Aster International

About Portside

Portside is the first high-rise to ascend in Cape Town for more than two decades, and is now its tallest. The banking headquarters building is becoming a landmark in the emerging financial district of Cape Town, capitalizing on the magnificent panoramas of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.

The building is about 10 meters shorter than the permitted height, so as to limit visual impact in relation to the larger urban and geographical context of the city and Table Mountain. The architectural quality and material selection were crucial in terms of mediating Portside’s relationship to the public realm. Street level activation, appropriate scale, legibility and permeability were the main vehicles for addressing social context and urban regeneration. The use of LED lighting, storm water recapture, low-embodied-energy materials, and the provision of individually marked, removable and recyclable unitized façade panels earned Portside a 5 Green Star Design rating, the first tall building in South Africa to do so.

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