A view of the new sky bridge that will join CTICC 1 and CTICC 2.
The Cape Town International Convention Centre’s sky bridge is taking shape over Heerengracht Avenue, in Cape Town.
The soaring, steel-and-glass design, which will connect the CTICC’s two buildings, is already attracting the attention of Cape Town’s general public and those hosting their events at the centre.
“We are very excited about our sky bridge which we believe is both beautiful and functional. The sky bridge is being constructed to connect CTICC 1 and CTICC 2 and will allow for the seamless movement of delegates between the two buildings. Our clients love the design of the bridge as well as the integrated CTICC complex that the bridge facilitates. As a world-class venue the CTICC is now able to welcome more events as well as host large scale events across both buildings,” said Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer at the CTICC.
The 70m-long bridge comprises a steel frame with a concrete floor and roof, supported by slanted columns. Aluminum fins finish off the bottom. Full glass sides will reveal views across the city of Cape Town, up the historic Heerengracht-Adderley Street axis, to the iconic Table Mountain.
The bridge will deflect vertically by 5-10mm, and horizontally by a similar amount. The maximum capacity is estimated at more than 5 000 people per hour.
The CTICC has already secured several bookings, many of which are international conferences and will take place either in CTICC 2 or across both buildings. The first of these is the World Congress of Audiology 2018, which will take place in October 2018. This will be followed by Africa’s largest telecoms, media and technology event, AfricaCom, in November 2018. In February 2019, Investing in African Mining Indaba will be at the CTICC, followed by the Congress of the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy in April 2019, to name but a few.
Of particular note is Africa Utility Week, with 9 000 delegates expected to descend on the city and the CTICC in May 2019, 2020 and 2021.
“The views from the sky bridge across our beautiful city will be incredible and will certainly add to the extraordinary experience of attending an event at the CTICC. We look forward to welcoming Capetonians and visitors to experience walking across the sky bridge when it is complete,” added Ellingson.