THE race is on to find a name for one of the biggest new developments in Havant for decades.
With less than six months until the unveiling of the town’s new £13m civic centre, council leaders are now searching for a name.
And, as the building will belong to the people of Havant borough, they want the community to come forward with suggestions.
Until now the building has simply been known as the civic offices.
While construction has been taking place, the project has been called the Public Service Village, as it will bring together various public services under one roof.
Now Havant Borough Council wants to find a name for the new town hall.
Deputy leader David Guest said: ‘People need to be able to identify easily with it.
‘It would be nice for it to have a name.
‘This is an opportunity for the public to come forward with their ideas and hopefully something will emerge that is attractive.’
He added: ‘I’m very excited about it. I once won a competition to name a block of flats at Port Solent. I called it Oyster Quay. It’s great fun.’
The new town hall will have many more staff.
It will see more than 250 Hampshire County Council social care staff joining the 420 mainly borough council staff at the site – as well as other organisations including Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Havant Council of Community Service, and Connexions.
Cllr Guest said the name could draw on Havant’s heritage, the town’s regeneration, or be totally abstract.
The final decision will be made by a panel including community representatives, local businesses, the council and editor of The News Mark Waldron.
Frank Campbell, project director for the Public Service Village, said: ‘What we want to do is get the ideas from the broad community whose building it will be.
‘We want to start with a completely fresh view to get as many ideas as possible.’
Suggestions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is March 31. You can also post to Name The Building, Civic Offices, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX or log onto havant.gov.uk/havant-10874.