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Councillors have marked the ‘topping out’ ceremony of the new Needham Lake café and visitor centre by announcing it's name following a public vote.

Just under 2,000 people voted for their favourite name of the Suffolk site, with almost half choosing Duck and Teapot followed by The Swan’s Nest and Quacker’s Café.

As Mid Suffolk’s most popular free attraction, Needham Lake provides an open space for families and visitors to get close to nature, exercise or to enjoy the open space.

Cllr Julie Flatman, front right, with other Mid Suffolk councillors, representatives from The Mix and site building firm SEH French. Picture by Gregg Brown Photography for MSDC.
Cllr Julie Flatman, front right, with other Mid Suffolk councillors, representatives from The Mix and site building firm SEH French. Picture by Gregg Brown Photography for MSDC.

Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council's cabinet member for communities, said: "I am delighted that so many people took the time to vote for their favourite name for the café and visitor centre. Duck and Teapot is a quirky and memorable name and reflects the setting close to Needham Lake.

“The topping out marks an important milestone in the development, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the opening in the new year.”

The building itself has been designed to complement the surrounding natural environment and meets the district council's climate change ambitions.

It features several green features, including the introduction of bird boxes, solar panels, sustainable drainage, an air source heat pump and has used sustainable building materials as part of the build.

The Duck and Teapot will be managed by the team behind Cabbages and Kings, the popular café at The Mix in Stowmarket.

Dave Pepper, director of Cabbages and Kings and Chief executive of the Mix, said: "We can now begin to feel what the completed Café will be like and are really excited about welcoming people in and making the venue a fantastic addition for everyone who visits Needham Lakes.”

Once completed, which will be in the coming weeks with an official opening in early 2022, the Duck and Teapot will offer a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, the visitor centre will be a flexible community event space and the site will have Changing Places facilities, making it more accessible for people with disabilities.