Deputy Lord Mayor ‘tops out’ new Oxford community centre

Members of the public joined our Oxford team and staff from Oxford City Council to celebrate a milestone in the construction of the new Rose Hill Community Centre in Ashhurst Way in Oxford. The event was marked by a ‘topping-out’ ceremony carried out by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Colin Cook, who tightened a screw in the first solar panel to be installed in the roof of the building.

When completed at the end of this year, the £4.7 million new community hub will house the Rose Hill Social Club, Rose Hill Community Association, Rose Hill and Donnington Advice Centre and Thames Valley Police. The new centre will also provide a community gym and new sports changing rooms. The new public facility will replace the original community centre in The Oval.

Beard contracts manager Brendan Rourke says: “This topping out marks an important milestone in the construction of the new community centre which is really taking shape. It’s fantastic to see so many local people turning up to see how the building is progressing and it’s exciting to know that we’re now on the home stretch towards completing the project at the end of this year.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford, Cllr Colin Cook comments: “I am delighted to have topped-out the new Rose Hill Community Centre. Community centres are often the glue that hold communities together and, to draw that analogy out, this community centre looks like it will be a particularly strong glue.”

The ceremony was coupled with Energise Rose Hill, a community event organised by Oxford City Council that took place in the recreation field behind the new community centre immediately after the topping out. Local people were invited to take part in a range of free family activities including face-painting, balloon-making and a tug of war and encouraged to learn more about living sustainably in Oxford as part of Low Carbon Oxford Week.

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