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CAPE TOWN CITY HALL

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On Cape Town’s Grand Parade stands an imposing Italian Renaissance-style Edwardian building constructed from honey limestone. Cape Town’s City Hall took five years to complete, after the laying of its cornerstone in 1900.

Its lower walls and plinths use granite from the quarry on Signal Hill, whilst the honey-beige limestone, building materials and numerous fixtures and fittings were imported from Europe and Bath, in England.

It remains an imposing building, helped in no small part by a restoration of its façade in 1979. In 2010 Grand Parade too was to receive a major facelift, making this block of the city a major landmark.

At the heart of its tower is a turret clock, half the scale of Big Ben, that strikes the hours and chimes the Westminster Chimes (a specific, and well known, melody chimed every 15 minutes that is also known as the Cambridge Quarters and originates from the church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge).

General Info

    Formal name:

    Cape Town City Hall

    Web links:

    http://www.capetown.travel

    Web links with UA facilities:

    None

    Tourism products and facilities offered:

    None

    Facilities indoor vs outdoor:

    None

    Accredited:

    No

    Accrediting agencies:

    N/A

    Linked to local pedestrian walkways:

    Yes

    Tactile warning systems at vehicular crossings:

    Yes there are.

    Signage indicating alternative access:

    No

    Public transport:

    Yes

    Public transport has low floor entry vehicles:

    No, it does not have mobility for wheel chairs users

    Accessible parking:

    Yes

    Number of accessible parking bays:

    There are four (4) bays provided by the attraction.

    Parking distance to the attraction:

    They are very close to the Entrance of the facility (in Adderley Street).

    Accessible without having to negotiate any stairs:

    Yes

    Security control at the entrance:

    Yes

    Intercom communication or push button at the entrance:

    Yes

    Size of button:

    N/A

    Visual indication that system has been activated:

    Yes

    Type of entrance door:

    manual

    Clear opening width of the gate or first opening leaf of the entrance door:

    The width of the door is 830 mm

    Door handles fitted to gate or door:

    The door is fitted with brass handles.

    Door handles location above floor:

    The height is 1m.

    Glass panels in the door:

    No

    Visual indicators on the glass panels:

    No

    Floor finish of attraction:

    The finish of the floor in the entrance hall is mosaic and ceramic tiles.
    Wooden floor finishes are in some rooms of the building.

    Floor finishes vary in the attraction:

    Yes

    Floor finish slippery when wet:

    The tiles and the mosaic floors are slippery when they are wet. But not the wooden floors.

    Location of the reception at the entrance:

    No

    Location of the reception desk clearly visible and easily identifiable from the entrance door:

    No

    Obstacles in the path of travel or close to the path of travel from the entrance door to the reception desk

    Yes there are.

    Reception desk height:

    69cm in height.

    Dropped section of counter below 80cm in height, with leg space under the desk:

    No

    Chair provided at dropped desk section or alternative desk:

    No

    Chair height:

    N/A

    Chair arm rests:

    No

    Colour of the wall or surface behind the reception desk:

    Cream

    Information available at the reception desk:

    None

    Background noise at the reception desk:

    No

    Information is available at the information / reception desk:

    None

    Casual seating:

    No

    Casual seating locations:

    N/A

    Chair height:

    N/A

    Chair with arm rests:

    N/A

    Access routes to access all elements of the attraction levels:

    No

    Ramps to accommodate the change in levels:

    No

    Stairs equipped with handrails:

    Stairs equipped with highlighted nosings:

    No

    Clear signage in the building indicating the location of facilities including toilets:

    The signage of the attraction that is present is clear but there is not signage throughout building.

    Colour of the lettering and signage:

    White

    Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities:

    Yes

    Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities provided and where:

    Only 1 wheelchair accessible toilet is available throughout entire building- it is situated at the back of the main auditorium space (next to the David Bloomberg Hall). Additionally it is in the males toilets- therefore there are no female or gender neutral wheel chair accessible toilets.

    Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities signage:

    No

    Other workstations where visitors might need to sit:

    Yes

    Chair has arm rests:

    No

    Electronic visual displays:

    No

    Electronic visual displays size:

    N/A

    Information displayed:

    N/A

    Height to the center line of the display:

    N/A

    Electronic, localized radio information or audio guides available at the attraction for visitors:

    No

    Possible to link to any websites or electronic broadcasts while visiting the attraction?:

    N/A

    Available in large text format:

    No

    Available in braille:

    No

    Available in voice format:

    No

    Staff that have received specialized training to provide universal access support to visitors:

    No

    Staff with sign language capability:

    No

    Loop systems installed in the building:

    No

    Other:

    None

Contact Details

  • Address: 4 Parade Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
  • GPS: -33.925528437605806,18.423754995106492
  • Phone: +27 (0)21 465 2029

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