Gibtelecom officially inaugurated its new headquarters at John Mackintosh Square at a reception held on the evening of Tuesday 8 December 2009.
The building was officially opened by Gibtelecom Chairman and Minister for Enterprise, Development, Technology and Transport, the Hon. Joe Holliday who expressed his confidence that “Gibtelecom’s building will help the Company to provide an even better service to customers by offering a state-of-the-art one stop shop, conveniently located in the centre of town.” Mr Holliday was joined by Bojan Dremelj, the President of Telekom Slovenije, in inaugurating the new building.
The building runs over six levels and occupies a total area of approximately 1,300 square metres and contains over 15kms of cabling. The CEO, Tim Bristow said that “the new building had been designed in keeping with the surroundings, embellishing the Piazza by constructing a modern structure whilst replicating the old façade.” The building houses many of the Company’s departments such as Information Technology, Wireless Technologies and Sales and Marketing, as well as providing a Customer Services Centre with multi-tasked agents trained to help customers with all their communications needs – ranging from purchasing services through to simply paying a bill. “There are also many benefits for Gibtelecom from having these new premises adjoining the Haven and City Hall” said Tim Bristow “as much of the Company’s fixed line and internet technologies are located in these premises.”
The laying of foundations for the premises commenced in 2006 with a time capsule containing telecommunication equipment and documentation being buried there so that a future generation can track the development of telecommunications in Gibraltar over the 20th century and into the 21st. The architects for the building were WRSM Architects and Planning Consultants and the project manager was M J Hassan and Co, with the main construction being undertaken by Casias, the Portuguese business with a base in Gibraltar. This building was completed at the turn of this year.