Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.
  • After 10 months of renovations the V&A Waterfront has opened its R180 million extension. 
  • They’ve added a monstrous 4,000m2 of retail space to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, including an entire lower 3rd floor.
  • Its now got a fancy new tiles, a glass ceiling and new elevators and escalators. 
  • Absolute Pets is one of its new tenants, while Woolworths is dedicating the floor to food. 
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After 10 months of renovation the V&A Waterfront has opened its R180 million extension, adding a monstrous 4,000m2 of retail space to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre.

The V&A is one of the most visited destinations in South Africa, and sees almost 24 million visitors per annum. Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre was recently named as the greenest shopping centre in the country, some of its environmental features include; the use of grey water, low potable water consumption.  

The renovations include adding a third lower level and a parking entrance to its now 88,647 m2 complex that houses over 450 retail outlets, 80 eateries, 5 undercover parking garages and 4 open parking areas.

New retailers are expected to move in soon including the likes of Absolute Pets. Tenants will be expected to comply with the shopping centre’s Green Lease that tracks a tenant’s energy and water consumption, and also incentivises recycling. 

A second phase, still under construction, is to extend Woolworths over three levels. The new lower level floor will feature their food section which will be more than double the amount of floor space previously dedicated to it. Internal fittings are expected to be complete by November, just in time for Christmas season.

The V&A spent R17 million building an on-site waste treatment facility, which started operating in January 2018. The complex cleans up some 2.2 tons of discarded coffee cups a month alone.

This is what it looks like:


The refurbished wing adjoins The Table Bay Hotel and Woolworths. 

Source Google Maps
Source Google Maps


It now has 3 open balcony-style levels that wrap around and overlook an impressive ground floor promotional court.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

The effect is a light and airy space enhanced by the natural light that flows in through the atrium roof.


The new atrium roof took eight months to construct.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.


The new retail area will offer parking on the lower level.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.


They are installing six new escalators and two new glass feature lifts will link the different floors and improve the pedestrian flow.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz

To fit the lifts and elevators the construction team had to remove 500 tons concrete – just over the weight of one Boeing 747. 


The ivory coloured floor tiles with a star pattern were custom designed, with each tile weighing 100kg and requiring 405m of strapping just to cut the slabs.

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.


Woolworths's food section will be moving down to the lower level, doubling their floor space. 

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.


They've already installed waterless hand sanitiser stations in the bathroom. 

Photo Jay Caboz.
Photo Jay Caboz.

The Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre was named as the greenest shopping centre in the country. Some of its environmental features include; the use of grey water, low potable water consumption. By the end of this year, the V&A said it doesn't want any plastic straws on its premises. It also wants to cut down on single-use plastic bags.


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