On 12th October, Cumbria County Council and Quarmby Construction Ltd held a “Topping Out” ceremony at the Petteril Bank site to mark the completion of the roof, and the external envelope of the new extension.
Year 5 and 6 pupils from Petteril Bank Primary School made their own piece of history to mark the occasion by loading a time capsule at the school. The children wrote about their lives and their hopes for the future, and included their photographs. The County Council included a set of plans for the project, and photographs of the construction progress to date, and a scroll with gold-lettering commemorating the event. All in all, the time capsule will provide a snapshot of life in 2009 – should anyone in the future dig it up.
The ceremony was performed by Cumbria County Council's Chairman Cllr Roger Bingham who placed the time capsule outside the public entrance to the new archives centre.
Cllr Stewart Young, Deputy Leader of Cumbria County Council and local member for Upperby, said: "This project is seeing a well-known and well-loved local landmark brought back to life and back into public use. The patience and understanding of local residents during the major construction phase has been much appreciated. I think it's fantastic that pupils from Petteril Bank Primary School are being given the opportunity to put their stamp on this project for future generations."
Work will now concentrate on fitting out the interior of the building. For the Archive Service staff, the emphasis is now on preparing for the move of millions of historic documents.