New Exhibit for Two Oceans Aquarium

2014-01-29 10:49
Aquarium manager, Dr Patrick Garratt (left), and David Green (right), CEO of the V&A Waterfront and chairperson of the Aquarium's board of trustees, prepare to break ground.

Aquarium manager, Dr Patrick Garratt (left), and David Green (right), CEO of the V&A Waterfront and chairperson of the Aquarium's board of trustees, prepare to break ground. (Robyn Thomas)

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Cape Town - The new large-scale exhibit, to be constructed on the parking lot between the existing Aquarium building and the One & Only Hotel, will contain 1.5 million litres of seawater and will be six metres in depth.

Dr Patrick Garratt, the Aquarium’s Managing Director said that it is a momentous occasion for the Aquarium, as they had been working hard on the project for years, and that he is thrilled to finally be breaking ground and start construction. 

A single acrylic panel, nine metres long and four metres wide, supplied by Clax Italia in Italy, will provide a seamless window into the exhibit. Included in the exhibit is a 10m complete full tunnel. Some of the animals on display will possibly include spotted eagle rays, honeycomb rays, smooth hound and spotted gully sharks, two species of tuna, Yoshi the loggerhead turtle, and Cannelloni the green turtle. 

Mike de Maine, the Aquarium’s technical Manager said that that he is proud to be managing the expansion of the project on behalf of the Aquarium. He said that building a big new exhibit is the next best thing to building a new aquarium and that it not only showcases marine life, but that it also awards learning opportunities for staff.   

The Aquarium expansion project is one of several development projects underway at the V&A Waterfront. According to David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront and Chairperson of the Aquarium’s Board of Trustees, “The official start of this project brings with it much anticipation for the improved offering that will be unveiled. This project falls in line with our continued development with the view to improvement, reinvention and innovation, raising the bar and making the visitor experience that much better”.  

The professional team includes project management company Mitchell, DuPlessis and Associates, MLH Architects & Planners, Schneid Libera Nieuwoudt Hanley (quantity surveyors), Aurecon (consulting structural, civil and wet services engineers), Solution Station (consulting electrical and fire engineers), Basil Nair and Associates (consulting mechanical engineers), Frontline Safety Health & Environmental Consultants, construction company Group Five and Clax Italia.    

The new exhibit is scheduled to open in time for the summer holiday season in December 2014. 

Aquarium manager, Dr Patrick Garratt (left), and David Green (right), CEO of the V&A Waterfront and chairperson of the Aquarium's board of trustees, prepare to break ground.

A model of what the new wing at the Aquarium will look like. Assistant Communications and Sustainability Manager, Renee Leeuwner said that the final product may not be exactly the same as the model.

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