The final bolts have been tightened on a brand new building for the community.
A topping out ceremony was held at The Forum at Towcester yesterday, Monday, to mark the end of the first stage of its construction.
The Forum, which will house South Northants Council’s offices, the library, the town’s register office, an adult learning area and a cafe, will now be made watertight before the winter to allow the building to be fitted out ahead of its opening in March next year.
Representatives from South Northants Council (SNC), Northants County Council (NCC), Morgan Sindall Investments Limited, Towcester and Brackley town councils, representatives from local business and St Lawrence Church, Towcester attended the event.
They watched as the final two bolts were tightened on the roof girders by SNC chairman, Cllr Peter Rawlinson and NCC councillor for public health and wellbeing, Robin Brown, who were elevated up to the roof space in scissor lifts.
Councillor Peter Rawlinson said The Forum would bring together a range of public services in the centre of Towcester while helping to support the town’s economy.
He said: “It will be central to the rest of the Moat Lane development which will follow on, and when finished will have turned an area of derelict backland into a thriving community centred on a rejuvenated ancient monument and supported by 56 acres of listed parkland now accessible to everyone. Additional parking is also planned to support the growth of the town and we expect to hear more about this in the coming months.
“I am delighted to confirm the project is currently on time and on budget and would like to thank all those who played a part in making this day happen.”
Councillor Robin Brown said: “This scheme brings together the Towcester register office, adult learning and the town’s library too. The new Forum will be an exciting new home for these three key services, as well as other public services, as part of the Moat Lane development which is set to become an excellent community facility for local people and reinvigorate this part of the town centre.”
For further information on the project including footage of the development through the webcam visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/moatlane or receive regular updates by liking the council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/moatlaneregeneration