Topping out ceremony for Guildford entertainment venue

An impression of the new Guildford Civic
Image caption The new Guildford Civic is being built on the site of the old one

The building of a new entertainment venue for a town centre in Surrey is being marked by a topping out ceremony.

Work on the Civic site in Guildford, designed by architects Austin-Smith: Lord, is on schedule, with the opening set for autumn 2011.

The event marks the ceremonial placing of the top brick on the highest point of the building.

The £26m venue will provide a 1,700-capacity auditorium, a 150-capacity studio theatre and conference rooms.

It is being built on the site of the old Civic, which has been empty since 2004.

When complete, it will host a programme of entertainment including all types of music, comedy and family shows.

The building will also offer corporate facilities for businesses as well as a wide range of community activities.

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