It is viewed as a sign of confidence in a construction project that all is well and it will be completed on time when those involved stage the customary ‘topping out’ ceremony.
Which is why bosses from Vitruvius Management Services and Barnwood Construction joined senior managers from Hartpury University and Hartpury College at the site of a new £5 million catering and conference hub.
The two-storey, 2,347 square metre Graze building at the heart of the Hartpury campus was designed by Gloucestershire architects, Roberts Limbrick.
Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor, principal and chief executive officer for Hartpury, said: ‘We’d like to thank our partners at Roberts Limbrick, Barnwood Construction and Vitruvius Management Services for their hard work in helping us realise our ambition for this building.’
Ben Ramsay, managing director of main contractor Barnwood Construction, said: ‘We’ve reached this major milestone working collaboratively and are delighted to be progressing well.’
Mark Price, managing director of Brockworth-based Vitruvius Management Services, said: ‘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.’
The building will be ready for the new academic year in September.
In 2022 Hartpury also invested £730,000 in a new Equine and Animal Assisted Activity Area and £500,000 in an equine hydrotherapy centre, due to open this summer 2022.