CHIEF MINISTER, Fabian Picardo accepted an invitation from developer Gregory Butcher to perform the topping out ceremony for the Gibraltar World Trade Center on March 1. A beautifully-engraved sign was symbolically placed at the tallest part of the building in celebration of the completion of the superstructure of this emblematic project.
More than 150 people attended the event including many Ministers and representatives of companies that will move into the World Trade Center Gibraltar when it is completed later this year.
Pete Burgess from World Trade Center Gibraltar said, “It was wonderful for so many people to be able to experience for themselves what World Trade Center Gibraltar will be like. Gibraltar is a service economy and it is imperative that we can offer the major businesses that are already here, and international businesses looking at Gibraltar as a potential jurisdiction, the kind of working environment they demand in order to stay competitive.”
“The World Trade Center Gibraltar has been specifically designed to increase employee motivation and engagement via a double air-filtration system, ventilation that changes air at the rate of ten litres per second per person, a central atrium that bathes all the offices in natural light and the use of low-VOC construction materials. ”
The World Trade Center ‘brand’ now extends to over 300 locations on every continent and Pete believes this network represents a massive opportunity for Gibraltar.
As well as expressing his pleasure at the construction of the building, Mr Picardo also took the opportunity to remind those present of his view that it would be counter-productive for Britain to leave the European Union and would be damaging to the economy of Gibraltar which is doing so much to attract foreign investment and companies.