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Royal honour for Gateway
6:00pm Wednesday 31st October 2012 in Headlines
THE new Ringwood Gateway public services building was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent on Monday.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by the High Sheriff of Hampshire Giles Marshall Hallam Mills and representatives of the|county, district and town councils.
The Duke was invited to view the public square before being given a tour of the building, which opened to the public in May.
At the centrepiece of the public square are ornately carved timber sculptures and a seating area decorated with more than 200 pieces of artwork by local people.
The Ringwood Gateway has a BREEAM excellent rating for its sustainable design and brings together a number of services provided by all three councils under one roof, in an|efficient and cost-effective way for the local taxpayer.
Chairman of the project board and deputy leader of New Forest District Council Edward Heron said: “The visit has given us the opportunity to showcase the benefits that can be delivered for our local|communities by working in partnership.”
Ringwood mayor Steve Rippon-Swaine said: “We are delighted that we have brought together all three authorities in one building in the heart of Ringwood to provide a cost-effective service for our residents.”