THE European Union’s Trademarks Office in Alicante City is entering its third phase.
Extensions to the OHIM centre, OAMI in its Spanish version, have been approved by the regional government and work is due to start in June and should finish by September 2017.
The new €15 million phase will cover a 15,000 square metre area opposite the existing OAMI buildings in Avenida de Europa.
The blocks have been deliberately sited at an angle to each other to produce a rich spatial dynamic, architects explained.
The new phase will be connected to the principal site and reception area by an elevated covered walkway, uniting them round a central plaza.
The grounds at the OAMI complex will also be redesigned as well as the area’s public gardens.
Speaking earlier this month, Valencia’s regional president Ximo Puig praised OAMI president Antonio Campinos for his successful double role. He heads a body that defends Intellectual Property and has also ensured that the agency is involved in Alicante society.
“OAMI is the Valencian Community’s door to the EU,” Puig declared.