An £11m new community building in Northamptonshire is ‘on time and on budget’ according to the project leaders - who celebrated a topping out ceremony in Towcester yesterday.
The Forum on Moat Lane is set to provide space for meetings, exhibitions and local events as well as housing the South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) offices and meetings chamber.
The building is also set to house a library, the county registration office, an adult learning area and a café.
SNC chairman Councillor Peter Rawlinson, who tightened the final two bolts on the roof girder, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here today to mark an important phase in South Northamptonshire Council’s drive to improve services across the district and to support the regeneration of Towcester.
“This highly efficient building with reduced running costs will act as a community facility, and bring together a range of public services in the centre of Towcester whilst helping to support the town’s economy.”
The building is set to open in March 2015.
Development director for Morgan Sindall, Roy Burley, which is acting as development partners in the scheme, said: “This is an important day for everyone involved in the planning and construction of The Forum, and as development partner with SNC we are proud to be working on such a significant project, one which I am sure will prove to be a very positive step in the regeneration of Towcester.”
The ceremony also marked the transition to the next construction phase, namely making the building weather-tight before winter, when interior construction can continue with the building being expected to open in March 2015.
For further information on the project including footage of the development through the webcam visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/moatlane, or www.facebook.com/moatlaneregeneration.