Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, joined forces with developer Gregory Butcher yesterday to perform the topping out ceremony for World Trade Center Gibraltar. 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 Government 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.”
“Research shows that aspects such as air pollution from volatile organic compounds, VOCs, in furniture paints and flooring, CO2 levels, the degree of natural daylight, and temperature control, all have a massive effect on staff productivity, recruitment and retention,” continues Pete, “elements that make up the majority of operating costs for major businesses. 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. World Trade Center Gibraltar is ideal for any business looking to be competitive in Gibraltar.”
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.
“Gibraltar is becoming part of an iconic international network and will be able to compete on the same level as those countries which already have a World Trade Center. World Trade Center Gibraltar is an asset and a tool which can now be used to support Gibraltar’s future growth plans.”