Topping out ceremonies mark recent project milestones
The term ‘topping out’ marks the point when we reach the highest point on our projects.
The milestone dates back to before the Dark Ages where there was a practice of placing a tree on top of a new building to appease the tree dwelling spirits of their displaced ancestors. Nowadays, in Osborne, we mark the occasion with a ceremony and a cake baked in the design of the completed building!
We have recently topped out at Solum Walthamstow, Mount Pleasant Halls in Cambridge and West Downs 1 in Winchester. At Solum Walthamstow, we celebrated the topping out with our customer, Solum Regeneration, and the customer team, Mace, Faithful & Gould, Rolfe Judd Architecture, Waterman, and key partners from our supply chain including Innovaré.
At Mount Pleasant Halls, the ceremony was attended by members of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, who will occupy the building once completed, together with representatives from developers, Howard Osborne LLP. Also present were Legal & General (L&G) who are financing the development and a large number of the wider project and construction team.
William Jewson, a Director at Howard Osborne LLP, said: “We are delighted to have reached this point in the construction of Mount Pleasant Halls. The topping out has been an opportunity for us to celebrate and thank the wider team in reaching this important milestone, achieved through great teamwork and commitment.”
At West Downs 1, we were at the topping out ceremony by joined by University Vice- Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter, and Chancellor and television presenter, Alan Titchmarsh.
Professor Carter said: “Just over nine months ago, we marked the official start of construction work with a groundbreaking ceremony. It is incredibly exciting to be here today to celebrate the extraordinary progress of the building and the achievement of Osborne’s fantastic construction team.”