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Matt Hancock hails next stage of Mildenhall Hub at topping out ceremony

Matt Hancock has hailed the completion of the structure of the £39million Mildenhall Hub at a ‘topping out’ ceremony.

The Health Secretary and West Suffolk MP joined local dignitaries this afternoon (Friday, March 6) to mark the final beam being placed.

“This is a unique and ambitious project,” he said of the hub, which will combine the new Mildenhall College Academy with a gym, library, health centre and offices for police, councils and the NHS.

“It is designed to benefit local residents now and into the future by delivering modern facilities shaped to their needs.

“Not only that, it represents a new and better way of integrated working, a blueprint for others to follow and one that I am proud to say is happening here in west Suffolk.

“I am delighted to see the advances that have been made and to celebrate with the various partner organisations, this next stage of the hub’s construction.”

Mr Hancock also spoke to the Bury Free Press at the event to address concerns about the coronavirus.

Councillors and representatives from constructors RG Carter joined him for the event - which also included a tree plant ceremony.

Gallery pictures Geoffrey Pieters

The hub is set to open in early 2021, with school operations set to begin in January.

The next steps on site includes the installation of two swimming pools, finalising roofing works and internal work and fittings, ready for a phased opening by early 2021.

West Suffolk Council Leader John Griffiths was at the ceremony, fresh from announcing Public Health England would be moving into one of the hub’s offices.

He said: “It is about how we continue to deliver the high-quality day to day services that they deserve and expect.

“It is also about how we further our work with public sector partners and how we invest in the future of facilities and services in the area all to the benefit of our local communities.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the vision become reality when Mildenhall Hub opens its doors.”

Read more: Video shows progress of the Mildenhall Hub being build by RG Carter

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