Video: Topping out ceremony for Boathouse at heart of £50million waterfront project
By TOM JACKSON THE contractor behind Wisbech s £50million waterfront regeneration celebrated reaching the highest point of the new boathouse with a topping out ceremony. It has taken just eight months for Wisbech-based Kier Eastern to reach the highest po
By TOM JACKSON
THE contractor behind Wisbech's £50million waterfront regeneration celebrated reaching the highest point of the new boathouse with a topping out ceremony.
It has taken just eight months for Wisbech-based Kier Eastern to reach the highest point of the £4million ship-shaped business centre at the heart of the Nene Waterfront Regeneration Project.
To celebrate, senior Fenland councillors joined Kier's regional director Paul Greenly on the rooftop for the ceremony.
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Mr Greenly placed a fir tree, a tradition to ward off evil spirits and wish luck to future occupants, on the roof before he and Fenland District Council leader Geoff Harper tightened the final bolt in a lightning conductor, the highest point on the building.
Cllr Harper was also presented with a mounted trowel from Kier Eastern, to mark his participation in the ceremony.
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Mr Greenly said: "This event marks a significant milestone in the development, of which we are extremely proud.
"The scheme is on target to finish in July and, once complete, it will not only provide a flexible and practical resource for the town's business population, but also act as a shining example of the monumental effort to transform Wisbech's and Fenland's economies."
Cllr Harper said: "The Boathouse business centre will be a physical symbol of the aspirations of not just Wisbech, but the whole of Fenland.
"It is going to dramatically alter Wisbech and particularly compliment its Georgian history by putting a 21st Century building and development at this end of the town."
When complete, the business centre will comprise a two-storey rectangular office block and a three-storey elliptical shaped building with conference and training facilities, a yacht club, cafe, rest areas, offices and access to the Harbour Square.
The regeneration project will also see 300 homes built on the 20-acre site, which has been derelict for 20 years.