Stefano Delea
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The city hall in Groningen is officially open!

Wednesday, Aug. 31, was entirely devoted to the opening of the revitalized City Hall.

Several speakers discussed the building, its special function and the important democratic work that takes place there, the acoustics were “tested” by fine musical interludes and, as a finale, the impressive unveiling of the portrait of resistance woman Anda Kerkhoven who is regarded as the namesake of the public heart of the City Hall. A dignified and festive program with which the special project has been completed. After 2 years of intensive construction, the building now belongs to the municipality and the townspeople which also brought an end to our work as executive manager.

The 18th-century building has been thoroughly revitalized. In addition to the extensive restoration and renovation work, several new functional interventions were made in the building to make it future-proof again. For example, a new floor was spectacularly constructed for the council chamber, and the building was better insulated and equipped with a modern sustainable system including a thermal energy storage system. These interventions have prepared the City Hall for future generations.

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