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Taj Hotel

The sensitive restoration and modernisation of a landmark heritage hotel and construction of a new tower. The base of the hotel is the Old Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, which date from the 19th century and are among the city’s most recognised landmarks.

Our client’s challenge

The Taj Hotel needed to install new mechanical and electrical systems to meet the requirements of a five-star hotel.

Our approach

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was responsible for the modernisation of the building services. Coordination of the services was a major undertaking because there was so little space to run them. The facades of the heritage buildings couldn’t be modified at all, and certain components of the interior were protected too. There were large marble columns, light fittings, stairwells and the first electric lift installed in Cape Town, which all had to be retained, so the services had to work around those.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff could alter the corridors more than other parts of the building, so the team routed everything through the ceiling voids as much as possible. But a decent head height still had to be maintained, so all of the services were very tightly packed in that space.