The new Ringwood Gateway public services building was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent on Monday 29 October 2012. It was opened to the public in May 2012.
The building has a BREEAM* excellent rating for its sustainable design and brings together a number of services provided by Ringwood Town Council, New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council under one roof, in an efficient and cost-effective way for the local taxpayer.
As part of the project, the Gateway Square was created adjacent to the building. At the centrepiece of the public square there are unusual and fun timber sculpture seats and rustic wooden seating decorated with more than 200 carvings designed by local people.
*BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance.