Laying of the foundation stone

On 19 May 2010 the ECB marked the official start of construction works by laying the foundation stone for its new premises at the site of the Grossmarkthalle in Frankfurt am Main.

The welcome address by the ECB’s President was followed by good wishes from Petra Roth, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt, and Wolf D. Prix, representing COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, the firm of architects that designed the new ECB premises. Together with the President, the members of the Executive Board, the Governing Council and the General Council of the ECB, as well as the Lord Mayor and the architect, filled the foundation stone with a set of the building plans, newspapers from all 27 EU Member States, sets of euro coins from the then 16 countries of the euro area, a set of euro banknotes and a coin from the City of Frankfurt. The foundation stone was then sealed and moved into the excavation pit where the double-office tower is to be built.

  • Welcome address by Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the ECB
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  • Speech by Lord Mayor Petra Roth
  • Speech by Wolf D. Prix, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU