Topping-out celebrations at NTU’s £9.1m flagship building marks important milestone

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The Topping-out celebrations at Nottingham Trent University’s £9.1m Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT), heralded a key stage in the construction of the flagship building.

The institute provides industry-led courses in music technology, gaming, film and television, radio and live events production.

Nottingham-based construction contractor Stepnell and Nottingham Trent University invited special guests to the ceremony marking the completion of the highest point of the six-storey structure taking shape on the corner of Lower Parliament Street and Convent Street. The final steel beam was signed by attendees before being raised into position bearing a commemorative plaque.

Craig Chettle, Chief Executive of Confetti Media Group, and Barbara Matthews, pro vice-chancellor (culture) and head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)  led the celebrations which were also attended by representatives from Allan Joyce Architects and Stepnell.

Construction began last May on the new headquarters which will allow the Confetti Institute to provide teaching for an extra 700 students between now and 2022. Providing teaching spaces, a café, library, courtyard and a rooftop terrace, the building is set to be finished this summer, ready for the start of the new academic year.

Confetti Media Group chief executive Craig Chettle says: “This ceremony marks a key milestone in our project’s lifecycle and it isn’t difficult to see the transformative impact this space will have on our learners. The fantastic development will undoubtedly impact positively on motivation, on levels of attainment and raising aspirations and I would like to congratulate all involved for reaching this significant stage.”

Barbara Matthews, pro vice-chancellor (culture) and head of the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities at NTU, comments: “The topping out of Confetti’s Digital Media Hub illustrated the true scale of NTU’s ambitions for its Creative Quarter Campus. The Hub will provide students with first-class facilities in which they will develop the skills that will propel them in their careers. We look forward to the completion of the new building and to welcoming the first tranche of students who will use this exciting facility.”

Nottingham-based Stepnell regional director Thomas Sewell adds: “The topping out of a building is a special occasion allowing everyone to celebrate the hard work that’s gone into reaching this point in the construction programme.  This impressive new building is going to provide a fantastic resource for students and the university. We’re excited to have reached this milestone and look forward to bringing the development to a successful completion.” The construction team will now move on to the completion of the building’s external decorative cladding and the internal finishes. Stepnell has its Nottingham office at the Eldon Business Park, Chilwell.