Cape Town is 350 years old. It is an isolated city that hugs the south-west tip of Africa, the second most populous city in South Africa and the continent’s most popular destination for tourism.
Arup’s Cape Town office opened in 1965 and was best known for skyscrapers such as the BP Centre, and large shopping centres, breweries and university buildings of the 60s and 70s.
In 1994, when Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island, Arup played a major role in the upgrading of the island’s infrastructure to ensure that it became a national cultural and conservation site.
Arup was chosen to lead the multidisciplinary feasibility study for hosting the Olympics in Cape Town when South Africa joined cities of the world to bid for the 2004 Olympics.
Recently, transport has been used as a catalyst for urban renewal and regeneration of the Western Cape, and Arup is assisting in precinct development - applying urban design frameworks and transport interchange design for sprawling transient areas such as Philippi on the Cape Flats as well as input to the cycling and pedestrian aspects of a new public transport corridor for the city.
Arup is also carrying out traffic impact assessments for the upgrading of several shopping centres throughout the city.
Amongst many of Arup’s appointments for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is the upgrading of Cape Town Station – the firm has been commissioned as sustainability consultant on the project.