The Yacht Club and AC Hotel by Marriott

The perfect partnership sets international standards
World-class and prestigious, The Yacht Club by The Amdec Group, and AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront, is the perfect example of a successful partnership.

This mixed-use offering on Cape Town’s bustling foreshore incorporates 170 residential apartments, two levels of premium office space and 188 hotel rooms. The well-located development is already demonstrating its worth amongst residents and hotel guests alike.

Light from all angles
The ambitious project was designed by Kevin Gadd Architects, and built by WBHO Construction. Given the site location and dimensions, maximising natural light was identified as a primary design requirement. A long rectangular shape, the site necessitated that the building ran from East to West. Further stipulations from the City of Cape Town included height restrictions, and a view corridor out to sea.

Ingenious design solutions resulted in two buildings with a corridor between them; and vast glass windows and doors to maximise natural light. The World of Windows Group were sub-contracted to supply the glass shop fronts and curtain walls, and they brought in GEZE to provide five automatic revolving glass doors for The Yacht Club building. The glass ‘cheeks’ of the doors allow natural light to penetrate, and the placement of revolving doors on both North and South entrances enables views right through the building.

Mike Trehearn, Contracts Director of The World of Windows Group, explains why he invited GEZE to quote on the job, “The World of Windows Group has a very good relationship with GEZE. We have mutual respect for each other; we’ve worked together on lots of projects. Their prices are competitive and they get the job done.”

Deon Dorfling, Western Cape Regional Manager of GEZE South Africa, describes the teamwork that took place on the project, “We worked hand in hand with The World of Windows Group and Kevin Gadd Architects. They were building the facade next to the doors so it was a good collaboration. We had to all work around each other’s timing, and make sure that the doors came in at the right moment.”

Overcoming challenges
Unforeseen challenges arise in all construction projects. At The Yacht Club, some of these involved adjusting access control mechanisms on the revolving doors, and ‘coaching’ end users on how to operate the doors optimally. “GEZE have been committed and helpful. They’ve been willing to help us address challenges, both during the construction phase and on an ongoing basis,” comments Mike Roetz, Operations Manager of The Yacht Club.

Mike Trehearn of The World of Windows Group corroborates this: “In this line of business there are always site challenges - The Yacht Club was no exception. GEZE was always there to come back and sort out the problem, even if it wasn’t really their problem. They were there on site; they kept the contractor happy. And if the contractor’s happy, then we’re all happy.”

GEZE’s Deon Dorfling agrees, explaining how GEZE’s extended warranty philosophy drives their ongoing involvement in projects, long after a building is completed.

Mother City winds
GEZE also installed two linear sliding doors to create a draught lobby in the reception area of the hotel. Due to Cape Town’s notorious South Easter, wind control is a vital element of access point considerations in any building. The draught lobby concept provides a seamless solution, creating a calm and wind-free environment as guests are welcomed by the hotel’s friendly reception staff.

Michael Liffmann, General Manager of the AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront comments, “The doors slide well. From a technology perspective, they deliver - and we can lock them easily at night. We’re happy with the product.”

An ideal location
Perfectly positioned for ease of access, the development borders directly onto Cape Town’s harbour as well as the city’s two largest highways. The benefits of harbour access were realised as early as during construction phase, when GEZE was able to deliver doors directly off the ship and onto site!

Offering an international standard in an ideal location, The Amdec Group’s latest success is fast becoming a new landmark destination meeting residential, hospitality and business needs… And all of this in one aesthetic package on the Mother City’s rapidly-evolving foreshore.