Princess Royal opens The Plaza in Havant

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The Princess Royal is visiting Havant to officially open the £13m building, The Plaza.

Her Royal Highness was all smiles as she walked into Havant’s ultra-modern civic centre, which was completed in July last year.

Princess Anne meeting Dame Mary Fagan, the lord lieutenant of Hampshire at the Plaza

Princess Anne meeting Dame Mary Fagan, the lord lieutenant of Hampshire at the Plaza

The Princess Royal was introduced to the Mayor of Havant, Paul Buckley, and Mayoress Jackie Buckley, as well as Havant’s Conservative leader Tony Briggs.

HRH saw for herself how the self-service kiosk works, as well as seeing an exhibition by Leigh Park craft group Making Space.

The Princess Royal was given a tour of the modern offices and unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially open the building to the community.

More than 700 people now work at The Plaza working across a variety of public services from planning and adult services.

The building is a joint project between Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.

James Payne, from Hampshire County Council, who coordinated The Plaza project, said: ‘It’s the perfect end to probably the most perfect project we have worked on.

‘We finished the whole thing early and under budget.

‘To cap it off we have royalty to open it.’