Belonging to the Forum Company, an events management company, Turbine Hall is an iconic building situated in the heart of the arts and culture precinct of Newtown, Johannesburg, and has been designed to accommodate a wide range of functions, from conferences to parties. The building is an integral part of Johannesburg’s architectural history, and started out as a power station for the city in the late 1920’s. The Turbine Hall development team received the Colosseum Award for the restoration and preservation of this magnificent building that speaks so strongly of Johannesburg’s history. It has since become a much coveted venue for weddings, parties and corporate functions.
The original building was the Jeppe Street Power Station, the largest of Newtown’s three steam-driven power stations. The facility was built and extended between 1927 and 1934 to keep pace with Johannesburg’s growing electricity demand. Although the power station was officially decommissioned in 1961, it was re-equipped and kept on standby as a back-up power facility from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. By the early 1990s, the facility had fallen into disrepair.
After years of neglect, the Turbine Hall was given a new lease of life in 2005, when the dilapidated north boiler house was demolished and, in its place, a structure was built to accommodate the global headquarters of mining giant AngloGold Ashanti. Over two years, the rest of the historic building was carefully refurbished to preserve its industrial heritage while transforming it into a top-class, contemporary and stylish function space.
The revamped Turbine Hall opened for public functions in 2009 and quickly became one of the leading events venues in Johannesburg’s inner city. The venue is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and breathtaking decor and is run by one of the leading event management comapnies in the city. It has hosted high-profile events such as South African Fashion Week, and is the location for the prestigious annual Turbine Art Fair.
The venue offers high quality, secure internet services, secure underground parking and exceptional food, décor and style. The Turbine Hall has conference capacity for up to 500 people, can cater dinners for up to 320 people and host cocktail parties for up to 800 guests.
Take Jan Smuts Avenue (M27) south in the direction of the Johannesburg city centre, keep right at the fork and cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge into Newtown. Keep straight onto West Street, which becomes Ntemi Piliso Street.