A topping out ceremony was held yesterday (27 May 2021) at the construction site of six new homes off Water Lane in Flitwick.
The practice of “topping out” a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction.
It has long been an important component of timber frame building, and is a fitting way to mark the progress go far in the construction of the timber framed homes being built by Gilbert & Gregson Construction.
Yasmin Shariff, director at Dennis Sharp Architects and the widow of Dennis Sharp, whose family built and owned 6-12 Water Lane (the new homes are being built behind these houses), said:
“Topping Out ceremonies give thanks and bestow good luck on the project. Every building project is a complex web of consultants, specialists, builders and sub contractors and suppliers.
“This dream would not have become a reality without the help and support of many people and their commitment and hard work.”
Architect designed and built by Gilbert & Gregson Construction Ltd, the timber framed building will have high levels of insulation, fast broadband and air source heat pumps.
The builders said that the Town Council has approved the naming of the site, and it will become Sharp Close.
The name Sharp commemorates the family of builders who built many of the early 20th century houses in Flitwick.
The six new homes were started in January and are due for completion in October. Enquires can be made at Country Properties or Taylors.