Team member in the spotlight: George Voorhout
If anyone knows the Groot Handelsgebouw inside and out, it’s George Voorhout. He started here in 1997 as a temp. “I applied for a job on a Monday at Randstad and they immediately got me an interview at the Groot Handelsgebouw. After the interview finished, I was asked when I could start. They showed me the ropes that very same afternoon,” he says with a smile.
“Its multi-functionality makes the Groot Handelsgebouw quite special.”
Deputy Director for twelve years
For the past twelve years, people have known George as the Deputy Director of the Groot Handelsgebouw. Over the years, he has worked with five directors. He was also closely involved in the recent sale of the building. “It’s really good that we now have one new owner. The shareholders we used to work with were committed but they didn’t always agree with one another. Having a new owner gives us more clout again. Fortunately, they also recognize that the building needs time and you can’t easily change things here from one day to the next.”
“Its multi-functionality makes the Groot Handelsgebouw quite special. We don’t just have office space, we also have a school for singing and dance, and various restaurants and cafes. The building’s natural ambience is one of calm – it’s almost serene. That is why it is important to create a lively atmosphere when deciding how to fill the building. The street-level premises are well suited for that. We’re also investigating how to introduce more buzz in the building itself. For instance, if you walk up along the dispatching section at the moment, it feels more like the back of the building rather than the inside. Changing that is a real challenge.”
“The building’s natural ambience is one of calm – it’s almost serene. That is why it is important to create a lively atmosphere when deciding how to fill the building.”
One of George’s favourite places in the building is the roof terrace on the eighth storey. “Especially at the corner of Weena and Conradstraat. That gives you a view of the docks. I recently moved back to live in Rotterdam and I love the views. When I used to live out of town, I always felt I was coming home when I drove over the Van Brienenoord Bridge.
Back to the overview of news