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The One World Trade Centre Opens in New York

November 7, 2014 12:02 pm Published by

It’s been over 13 years since the Twin Towers were tragically destroyed in the 9/11 attacks but now, New York’s One World Trade Centre has re-opened for business.

Originally dubbed the “Freedom Tower”, the Port Authority changed the official title of the building to “One World Trade Centre” in 2009 after it was agreed that this name was easiest for people to identify with.

The construction of the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere began in July 2004, when a symbolic cornerstone of the One World Trade Centre was laid in a ceremony. Further work on the project was stalled until 2006 and ever since, the tower has been specially illuminated on several occasions throughout its construction.

It’s been over 13 years since the Twin Towers were tragically destroyed in the 9/11 attacks but now, New York’s One World Trade Centre has re-opened for business.

Originally dubbed the “Freedom Tower”, the Port Authority changed the official title of the building to “One World Trade Centre” in 2009 after it was agreed that this name was easiest for people to identify with.

The construction of the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere began in July 2004, when a symbolic cornerstone of the One World Trade Centre was laid in a ceremony.  Further work on the project was stalled until 2006 and ever since, the tower has been specially illuminated on several occasions throughout its construction.

 

On the weekend of July 4th 2011, it was it up in the colours of the American flag to commemorate Independence Day and again on September 10th to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

In April 2012 the tower’s total estimated cost was USD 3.9 billion, making it the most expensive single building in the world at the time!

Giant publisher Conde Nast has slowly started their move into the 104-storey building, with the majority of firms expected to join them by Spring 2015. Pictures released this week show areas of the building open to the public, including the reception, lobby and hallways leading to trains and the street.

A date for the opening ceremony has yet to be decided, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Monday ‘One World Trade Centre serves as a symbol of the resilience of the people of New York.

Today, as we open its doors for the first time, we remember that strength and courage will always conquer weakness and cowardice, and that the American spirit, defended by proud New Yorkers, will not be defeated’.  

 

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