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Work on Trowbridge’s brand new library and the remodelling of County Hall has taken a big step forward with the completion of the steel frame that will support the roof covering the courtyard between the existing buildings.
Conservative leader of Wiltshire Council Jane Scott, at the “topping out” ceremony on Monday 17 October 2011, said “The remodelling of County Hall forms part of a huge transformation project which will save Wiltshire taxpayers more than £85 million over the next 25 years and will reduce the number of building and offices that we currently occupy from 95 to a maximum of four main hubs. The project will provide flexible and accessible space for our customers and communities for the future. We will also provide improved front line services that deliver better value for money.”
At County Hall, this will include a new library, a new register office and other council services, as well as a large new reception area and public café.
Today is a big step forward in remodelling the building and the topping out ceremony marks the completion of the steel frame that will support the roof covering the courtyard area between the existing buildings.
The new library will be relocated on the ground floor with access off the new main courtyard. The building exterior will include large areas of glazing to provide a light and bright environment. The register office will be re-located to the ground floor of old County Hall and will be designed in sympathy with the buildings historic features.
The new entrance will improve customer access to the building and includes a new staircase and a lift.
The work started in May this year and the first phase will be completed by July next year. This will include the reception, library and the cafe facility. The second phase will include the refurbishment of the original County Hall and register office and is due for completion summer 2013.