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Gibraltar scheme sails into territorial dispute

A Spanish MP has reportedly accused the developers of a former Foster + Partners marina complex in Gibraltar of stealing Spain’s territory

‘First they stole the Rock from us, now they’re robbing us again,’ said Jose Ignacio Landaluce, an MP from the opposition Popular Party. He accused Spain’s ruling Socialist Party of standing by while Gibraltar expands into Spanish waters.

The £2 billion Sovereign Bay scheme includes a marina, hotel and apartments. Initial plans for the 15-hectare site were drawn up by Fosters + Partners, but the practice is no longer involved.

Due for completion in 2014, the scheme will be built on land already reclaimed from the sea on the eastern side of the British peninsula together with another patch of as yet unreclaimed seabed. The developers - MCB (Gibraltar), a joint venture between Multiplex and UK-based Aldersgate - have released this image of their new plan for the site.

The Spanish government formally handed Gibraltar to the British in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. The British government claim rights over the surrounding sea but this is disputed by the Spanish.

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