Topping Out Ceremony Celebrations at The Plumstead Centre

The completion of the new build and refurbishment works for the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s flagship £16 million project, The Plumstead Centre, including a new library and leisure centre for the High Street was celebrated with a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony, this week.

Representatives from Osborne attended, along with Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, GLL and Hawkins Brown.

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said:
“When the library reopens early next year, following £16m investment from the Council, it will do so as The Plumstead Centre to reflect its position in the heart of the community as a library, leisure centre and social hub. I cannot wait to see it returned to its former glory and given a new lease of life that will see it serve the community again for many years to come. The opening of The Plumstead Centre will stimulate the wider regeneration of Plumstead and bring the high street alive with a civic centre that the local community can be justly proud of.”

Cllr Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said:
“Plumstead is a priority regeneration area for the Council and we are focusing substantial resources from both the public and private sector to bring forward positive change in the area. In addition to investing in The Plumstead Centre we are also working with local groups, improving the appearance of the high street, making transport improvements, turning the power station into a business space and delivering new homes.”

Andrew Osborne, Chairman, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the Topping Out of this flagship £16 million Plumstead Library project. At Osborne, we have a track record and ethos of working closely with our customers, to deliver high quality projects that will improve the lives of those in the local community.”

The Plumstead Centre is a Grade II listed building which is being extensively refurbished and remodelled whilst a non-listed back office extension was demolished, making way for a new combined library, leisure, cultural and sports facility. The building will be fully accessible with increased opening hours.

These works are part of the Plumstead Regeneration and will promote Plumstead as a place to live, work and do business.