The ‘topping out ceremony’ took place on Wednesday 23 March in the spring sunshine, as the building officially reached its highest point. Topping out ceremonies continue a long-held and historic tradition of celebrating completion of the highest point of construction.
The multi-use space, comprising of two-storeys of flooring across 2347m2 and an external seating area, has been designed by architects Roberts Limbrick and constructed by Barnwood. The flexible catering hub will be a modern facility with state-of-the-art technology and a focus on sustainability, meeting both short- and long-term objectives of Hartpury to provide an improved catering services to both staff and students. The adaptable design of the building means Hartpury can also use the facility for commercial purposes including seminars and conferences.
On schedule for completion this summer, the building will be ready for the new academic year.
Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor, Principal & CEO of Hartpury, said: “Today marks an important landmark in the project timeline and I’m thrilled to see the building taking shape. This exciting new facility will improve our ability to offer students greater food choices and a dynamic learning space.
“We’d like to thank our partners at Roberts Limbrick, Barnwood Construction and Vitruvius Management Services for their hard work so far in helping us realise our ambition for this building.”
Ben Ramsay, Managing Director at Barnwood Construction – the main contractor for the project, said: “This is a fantastic project for our company, working at the heart of the bustling Hartpury Campus. We have reached this major milestone working collaboratively with the team and are delighted to be progressing well from this platform to deliver Hartpury their brand-new facility.”
Mark Price, Managing Director of Vitruvius Management Services – the project lead, said: “We’re pleased to be able to share this construction milestone with our client Hartpury, Barnwood and the wider team. I look forward to the delivery of this modern facility to future-proof Hartpury’s built environment, supporting the high-quality education establishment to fulfil their strategic vision.”
Issued by Mark Hayward, Press Officer for Hartpury University and Hartpury College. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org