Topping out takes place
A milestone was commemorated today as the structure of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre reached its highest point.
To celebrate the 'high point' in the construction of the building the traditional 'topping out' ceremony took place on the roof of the new thrust stage auditorium taking shape below.
Chair of the Transformation project, Susie Sainsbury, laid the final concrete on the roof, cheered on by some of the 1000 people involved in the design, construction and management of the project as well as RSC staff and acting companies. The traditional sprig of spruce was fixed to the building to bring good luck to the new theatre.
Peter Wilson, Project Director for the Transformation said, ‘Today is a celebration of all the hard work, exceptional skill and determination that has gone into the construction of the new theatre so far. We can now see the shape of our future home and the ‘topping out’ ceremony is a major milestone in its construction. There’s still a long way to go, but I’m pleased to say that the building is currently on schedule to open in 2010.’
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