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Wigan Life Centre – Milestone ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony Celebration
Wednesday 18th August, 2010

Wigan Life Centre – Milestone ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony Celebration
Deputy Leader Cllr David Molyneux and champion for customers Cllr Chris Ready survey the site

4,000 tonnes of concrete…

1,800 tonnes of structural steelwork...

Four pre-cast lift shafts…

50 sections of pre-cast stairs...

These are the basic building blocks for Life or to be more specific, the new Wigan Life Centre.

The multi-million pound project to transform the delivery of public services in Wigan Borough is about to reach an important milestone as building contractors prepare for the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony for one of the iconic new buildings.

On Monday August 23 construction company Morgan Sindall will mark the last piece of steelwork going into the building on the south site of the project by installing a commemorative plinth in the roof structure.

The contractors will use a special silver trowel to lay the plinth which will then be presented to the council.

Work on the Life Centre project is taking place on two sites either side of Wigan Town Hall.

The North site, at the top of Millgate, will include a One Stop Shop for all public services, an Information and Learning Zone, a Neighbourhood Zone and the Tourist Information Centre.

The South site, on the former Wigan International Pool, will see a brand new swimming pool as part of a Healthy Living Zone.

Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, who will be present at the topping out ceremony, says: “It’s a fantastic project that will see all the services the council and its partners provide accessible from one central location. The Life Centre may be in Wigan but it is a facility for everyone in our borough and represents the future of not just council services but housing, police and leisure and we are all looking forward to the day that it is open for business.

“The construction has given the local economy a much-needed boost and has created jobs. We believe the new building will continue to act as a catalyst to make Wigan an even more attractive place for future investment.”

Ongoing work on the two sites now includes the mechanical and electronic installation before the walls and windows go in all ready for the grand opening next year.

“We are delighted to celebrate such an important landmark in the construction of the Life Centre with all the parties working hard to deliver a top class service for the community,” says Brian Barritt, Morgan Sindall senior contracts manager. “We hope the people of Wigan will now be able to get a real sense of what the completed facility will look like.”

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