East Anglian Galvanizing is lending a helping hand to the ongoing construction of a major new historical resource centre near Brighton.
The Sawtry-based plant has been called upon by North Walsham firm Wall Engineering to galvanize over 35 tonnes of structural steelwork being used to build The Keep, a research facility in Woolards Field, Falmouth, that will act as a home for all the archives and historical resources for the whole of East Sussex and Brighton Hove, as well as the special collections of the University of Sussex.
Once fully completed and opened to the public in 2013, the new building will become an open resource for anybody wanting to use the dedicated public search rooms and facilities, and will act as a force for learning and participation by all ages across the whole community, providing for schools, universities, and community groups, amongst others.
Selwyn Parrish, Commercial Manager of East Anglian Galvanizing, said, “I’m delighted with the progress on this project. Once open to the public, I anticipate The Keep to provide a structure for historic education and research for generations to come.”
Karl Rumsby, of Wall Engineering, added: “Once completed, The Keep will house archives and important information dating back decades, so it is only fitting we had the steelwork used in the construction of the facility galvanized to protect it against rust and corrosion, ensuring the building will be a valuable community resource for decades to come.”
The Keep is a joint project bringing together the East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, and the University of Sussex. It will also become the library and headquarters of the Sussex Family History Group.