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Cape Town — The Cape Town CBD has had many facelifts‚ and it is set to go under the knife again soon when developers start construction on a new 86m-high office block and an underground court. A public participation process for the proposed skyscraper opened last week‚ less than a year after a vacant site situated directly opposite the building was auctioned for a planned development of a 55m-high "landmark building". Both buildings are situated in the city’s foreshore where a number of developments‚ including the new Netcare Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital and an extension of the Cape Town International Convention Centre‚ have taken place in recent years. According to the State of Cape Town Central City Report for 2016 by the City Central Improvement District‚ more than R16bn has been invested in developments in the city’s four precincts since 2012. A large part of that is the refit of the Strand Street Concourse‚ which serves as an underground pedestrian walkway linking the Go...

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