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Developers Wanted for Partially Abandoned African Skyscraper Complex

  • Transnet has put out a request to revive the Carlton Centre
  • The state-owned port company bought the landmark in 1999
The main plaza of the Carlton Centre Shopping Mall in the Central Business District of Johannesburg.
The main plaza of the Carlton Centre Shopping Mall in the Central Business District of Johannesburg.Photographer: Guillem Sartorio/Bloomberg

South Africa’s state-owned port and rail company Transnet SOC Ltd. is gauging interest from developers to rejuvenate a half-century-old building that is also one of Africa’s tallest.

The Carlton Centre, which opened in the 1970s and includes a 223-meter (732 feet) high office tower, indoor ice skating rink, shopping center, and a 663-room hotel, is located in the center of Johannesburg. The complex, built by Anglo American Properties Ltd., was designed by the architecture firm and skyscraper specialist Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.