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Equity Estate appoints Birgitta Padberg as Managing Director Groot Handelsgebouw

12-8, 2018

HighBrook Investors became the new owner of the so-called Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam since 27 July 2018. Equity Estate has taken on the management of the Groot Handelsgebouw together with the current operations team. In addition, the ownership announced that Birgitta Padberg has been appointed as Managing Director. 

On 1 September 2018 Birgitta Padberg will start in her new function at the Groot Handelsgebouw. She has more than 20 years of work experience in commercial real estate and is at present Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Birgitta is a commercial real estate expert and has 14 years of experience in leasing, selling and acquiring properties in the Rotterdam market. ‘I know the Groot Handelsgebouw well. It is a sturdy and authentic nationally listed building with a large diversity of tenants,’ says Birgitta Padberg.

HighBrook Investors has the ambition to further unlock the largest multi-tenant business building in The Netherlands and to enlarge the multi-efficiency. Birgitta Padberg is enthusiastic. ‘There are still a lot of undiscovered spots in the Groot Handelsgebouw. It would be nice if the enormous roof terrace of 7,000 m² could be accessible to the public. We also want to optimize the routing in and around the building. I look forward to taking up this challenge, together with HighBrook Investors, Equity Estate and the current team that has many years of experience with management of the Groot Handelsgebouw’.


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