Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre has reached a milestone in its construction programme as the roof of the new building is completed.
To mark that stage Community 1st Oldham and construction partner Willmott Dixon held a topping out ceremony on the 29th July 2011 in the presence of Councillor Kaiser Rehman and Oldham Council service leads who will be providing services from the newly built centre.
The topping out ceremony included a mixture of an Anglo Saxon / Persian rituals dating back to the 1400s which are believed to bring good luck to all involved.
The ceremony consisted of the casting of a concrete block, which later will be cast into the building. A selection of ingredients were poured into a timber shutter with concrete to form this block:
- Wine – to bring fertility and wisdom
- Oil – to preserve liberty and as a symbol of prosperity
- Corn – for the property to ripen in abundance
- Salt – added as a sign of purity and hospitality
- Yew Branch – the final ingredient, which is added to ward off any evil spirits from the building.
About the Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre
The Neighbourhood Centre, which is being developed on behalf of Oldham Council and New Deal for Communities by local partner Community 1st Oldham will be home to a new library, youth centre and community facilities.
Construction is due to be completed by the end of the year. The opening date is to be confirmed.
Regular monthly construction progress photos are available in the ‘In My Area’ section of the website.