A KEY milestone has been reached in the construction of Winchester University’s new learning and teaching building.

The traditional topping out ceremony marks the builders Osborne reaching the highest point in the landmark development at West Down.

Vice-chancellor Joy Carter laid a final section of concrete on the top floor of the building, alongside Alan Titchmarsh, Chancellor of the university and John Craig, Osborne’s managing director of construction.

Mr Craig presented Prof Carter and Mr Titchmarsh with an engraved trowel to commemorate the event.

The ceremony ended with the cutting of a cake in the shape of the new building, provided by Osborne.

Designed by Winchester architects Design Engine, the building features an art gallery, a 250-seat auditorium, café and food hall, a contemplation space, courtyard garden, teaching rooms and library.

Winchester is the first UK university to secure ‘green’ finance for campus development, with a £30m loan from Triodos Bank.