Topping out marks significant milestone at Woodcock Street

By on 12/11/2010 in News

An official topping out ceremony'was recently held at the new Birmingham City Council office development in Woodcock St, Aston, to celebrate the completion of the main structure and the roof of one of the council's most prestigious projects.
 
Thomas Vale Construction along with Birmingham City Council and other members of the project team marked the occasion by signing a commemorative plaque and rolling out the first section of the roofs membrane in preparation for the installation of the  'brown living roof' on this highly sustainable building.

These roofs are made up of soil and similar species of plants to the ones that were originally on the site to help preserve the local wildlife. They also provide an ideal habitat for Black Redstarts – one of the rarest breeding birds in the UK. 
 
Tony Hyde, Managing Director, Thomas Vale Construction, said: “We are delighted to have reached this significant point in the construction of such an important project. We now look forward to a successful completion of this major landmark office building for Birmingham City Council.”
 
As well as providing a key office building for the Council the building will help the Council deliver on its promise to reduce CO2 emissions. It has been designed with the aim of achieving an “excellent” BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating.
 
Councillor Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance highlighted the long term benefits. He said: “I am very pleased that we are making good progress with the construction of this exciting new office building that will significantly help improve the way Birmingham City Council delivers its services in the future.

“As the Cabinet Member responsible for achieving greater efficiencies over the coming years, the Woodcock Street new office development is a key part of the “Working for the Future” Transformation Programme – a programme that is on track to achieve £100 million of net savings over the 25 year life of the project.”
 
When complete the offices will be a base for over 2,700 staff, replacing expensive leased buildings in the city centre. It will also set the standard for new ways of working for its employees with the aim of delivering first-class services to the citizens of Birmingham.

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Hi-res pictures from the topping out ceremony can be found here.

For more information, contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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