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Video tour gives sneak peak inside Mildenhall Hub as councillor says project generating 'buzz' in town




A Mildenhall councillor has said there is a buzz from residents about the opening of the town’s new multi-million pound council building which will house a new school, leisure centre and community hub.

Cllr Ian Shipp, speaking at West Suffolk Council’s overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday, praised the Sheldrick Way development.

“There is a buzz in the town regarding the hub and the future opening of it, and people are really quite excited to get in and look around,” said the committee chairman.

“We are really looking forward to it and we can’t wait. It’s looking superb and its a fantastic investment in Mildenhall to be brutally honest.”

Contractors RG Carter have today released a video tour of the building site, with the hub now taking shape.

Because of the coronavirus lockdown, and the government measures introduced at work places to limit the spread, building has been delayed.

What the Mildenhall Hub will look like when completed.
What the Mildenhall Hub will look like when completed.

Alex Wilson, a director at West Suffolk Council, said under original plans they had hoped to take possession from RG Carter about now and would have started the fit out, which the authority was responsible for.

But under the revised plans the council was hoping RG Carter would complete by the spring.

The academy, pictured below, is the most advanced part of the build and it has been created with the facilityto be easily expanded if pupil numbers demand.

The Mildenhall Hub is taking shape, with the school the most complete part of the project.
The Mildenhall Hub is taking shape, with the school the most complete part of the project.

It has also revealed that councillors would not be able to use the council chamber for a full meeting of the authority – the chamber can only fit 27 people, enough for the former Forest Heath council but not West Suffolk.

The solution will be to use a hall in the building for full 64-member meetings.

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