According to a report in the Financial Gazette, African Sun Limited has financed the construction of a conference facility at Elephant Hills for the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly. The convention center will take 1,500 people and is being built by Chattels Infrastructure from Cape Town with materials imported from Germany.
The convention center is said to be semi-permanent and has a life-span of 30 years. The construction started two weeks ago and will be completed within the coming two weeks.
|Fast facts about UNWTO Conference Centre:|
|UNWTO Date||24th – 29th August 2013|
|Conference Centre Capacity||1 500 people|
|Constructed by||Chattels Infrastructure from Cape Town|
|Semi-permanent structure life-span||30 years|
|Location||Elephant Hills Resort|
|Funding||African Sun Limited|
Paul Clarke, who founded Chattel 19 years ago, could not reveal how much the structure would cost, but C&M understands that the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) provided ASL with close to US$4 million for the construction of the semi-permanent center at Elephant Hills and upgrading of facilities at the hotel for the UNWTO.
Chattel said advantages of semi-permanent structures were that they were cost-effective, manufactured off-site in a controlled environment, more rapidly and simply constructed than conventional buildings, easily reconfigured, easily transportable, technologically advanced, functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Date: 21 July 2013