Public services hub reaches construction milestone

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Mildenhall Hub topping out with a tree-planting ceremony
Tree planting at the Mildenhall Hub

A new site for education health and leisure facilities in Mildenhall, Suffolk has been topped out with a tree-planting ceremony.

Health Secretary and MP for West Suffolk Matt Hancock joined project partners, including Mildenhall College Academy and constructors R G Carter.

The Mildenhall Hub will also house library, advice functions, a children’s centre, together with desk space for police, council staff and the NHS.

Mr Hancock said: ” This is a unique and ambitious project, designed to benefit local residents now and into the future by delivering modern facilities shaped to their needs. Not only that, it represents a new and better way of integrated working, a blueprint for others to follow and one that I am proud to say is happening here in West Suffolk.

“I am delighted to see the advances that have been made and to celebrate with the various partner organisations, this next stage of the Hub’s construction.”

R G Carter was awarded the £39m contract for construction of the Mildenhall Hub and started work on site last year.

James Wilson, Director at R G Carter said: “After months of building, the topping-out ceremony allows us to welcome staff and key stakeholders to view the building and the various spaces created and to thank everyone involved. It has been a fantastic experience for R G Carter to work on such a forward-thinking project that will make a real difference to the local community.”

The next steps on site include the installation of two swimming pools, finalising roofing works and internal work and fittings, ready for a phased opening by early 2021.