Hats off to Beard Construction – building work completed at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Gloucestershire Heritage Hub played host to a Garden Party yesterday (Sunday 8 September) to celebrate the end of the refurbishment work, thanks to Beard Construction who took over the build earlier this year.
In April, Beard Construction took over work to create a new entrance to the Heritage Hub, as well as a visitor car park and three new strongrooms with several miles of shelving to house archive collections. A new training suite, The Dunrossil Centre, was also opened last week (Tuesday 3 September) by Mavis, Lady Dunrossil. The suite will be host to public events, as well as archives and community training.
The aim of the refurbishment was to make it easier for staff, volunteers and visitors to access the building, and to bring those with a shared interest in the history of Gloucestershire together under one roof. As well as Gloucestershire Archives, organisations including Gloucestershire Family History Society and the Gloucestershire Constabulary Archive now have dedicated space within the Heritage Hub. There is also space for group and quiet work, and a wildlife friendly community garden.
Beard's determination to finish the job on time was put to the test when a blackbird nested in the porch of the Family History Society’s half-finished office. Contractors and staff alike had to adjust their plans and work around the blackbird as she raised two broods of fledglings – eight baby blackbirds in total!
Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for finance and change, at Gloucestershire County Council said: “I am very grateful to Beard Construction for bringing this major project to a successful conclusion. The Heritage Hub is a fantastic resource in gathering, keeping and sharing the documented history of Gloucestershire and beyond, and we have already had many compliments from visitors who are thrilled with the new facilities.”
Marc Bayley, director at Beard Construction said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Gloucestershire Archives on this fantastic project and being part of the team that delivered The Heritage Hub. I know this facility will be a great asset for the people of Gloucestershire for many years to come.”
For more information about Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, visit https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/heritage-hub/, or come and see the new facilities at Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW.
Gloucestershire Archives @ The Heritage Hub is open from 9am-4:30pm, Tuesday-Friday and on the first Saturday of each month.
There is a free Memory Café based at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub on the 1st Sunday of each month.