Jul 7 2016

This week Royal Holloway celebrated the topping out of its new Library and Student Services Centre, due to complete in summer 2017.

The tradition of topping out celebrates the successful completion of a building’s highest point. It has roots in ancient Scandinavian tradition where a tree would be placed on the top of a new building to placate the spirits disturbed in its construction.

Nowadays it is used as a moment to reflect and say ‘thank you’ to the team involved in bringing the project to life. Representatives from Royal Holloway’s Students’ Union, Library and Estates teams, as well as Council Members and colleagues gathered to mark the occasion alongside Andrew Osborne, Chairman of Osborne.

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Andrew Osborne presents Paul Layzell with a ceremonial cement trowel

Mike Berry, Director of Estates at Royal Holloway shared his thoughts: “This is a great milestone for the project, which on opening will offer fantastic resources for students. Designed to complement the historical beauty of Founder’s, the new building will make the most of its stunning views across campus, enabling old and new to work together for the benefit of staff, students and the local community.”

As part of an event to mark this milestone, Osborne, the site’s construction team, invited the College’s Principal Paul Layzell to pour a section of concrete to complete the roof.

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There was also a special cake, provided by Osborne, which bought the building to life in edible form, proving very popular with guests.


John Craig, Managing Director for Construction at Osborne, said:  “We are delighted to have reached this important stage. It is a prestigious and challenging project, and collaboration at all stages will be a key factor in successful delivery.”

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