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Topping out ceremony celebrates successful milestone in regional regeneration project

On Friday, Jansons Property celebrated an important milestone in the construction of the Dragon Court development in Petersfield, Hampshire with the unveiling of a stone plaque by Town Mayor, Councillor Phil Shaw.1

The ceremony, designed to mark the topping out of the building, was attended by Janson’s Managing Director, Andy Jansons, and members of the project team including local project manager, Boulter Mossman and Portsmouth-based contractor, PMC Construction.

Andy Jansons, Managing Director of Jansons Property, commented; “We’re delighted to celebrate this milestone today with the unveiling of the plaque. It’s the result of three years of planning, development and construction plus careful consideration of local requirements which is vital when regenerating a brownfield site.  As well as thanking our builders, contractors, and project managers today we would also like to thank and recognise the contribution and co-operation of the local planning authorities, namely East Hampshire District Council and South Downs National Park. We wanted to ensure the site was developed in keeping with the local area, and the local authorities have been particularly helpful in ensuring the selection of quality materials for the traditional brick and tile construction.”

The traditional topping-out ceremony paid tribute to the construction process and celebrates the completion of the structure and the roof trusses, representing a major milestone in the overall construction of Dragon Court.

When completed, the development, which is on the site of a former car park, will provide 13 new homes, retail space and areas for the public to enjoy. The target completion date for the development is the end of April 2022, and the regenerated area will make an important contribution to the vitality of Petersfield’s town centre.

Jansons Property worked solely with local firms to complete the development and acknowledge the excellent contribution from local project manager, Boulter Mossman and Portsmouth-based contractors, PMC. The end of April 2022 is the target completion date for the development.

Importantly, Jansons Property has ensured they are creating a public space within the development that will incorporate the well-loved town fishpond, which is viewed as part of the fabric of Petersfield. In addition, the Jansons Property team met with the original artist of the Dragon’s Street mosaic to deconstruct, remove and re-construct the mosaic on the external wall of Dragon Street to ensure it remains intact. It was expressed that the fishpond and artwork were of great importance to the town in the early stages of planning application.

Petersfield Town Mayor, Councillor Phil Shaw, said; “I was pleased to be invited to play a part in this topping out ceremony. Regeneration projects such as this are an important part of Petersfield’s future. I was particularly glad to hear about the restoration of the fishpond and Dragon Street mosaic.”

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