The Mayor of Hounslow joined guests at a special tea party on Friday to mark the official opening of Feltham Lodge.
Hounslow Council’s Registration and Nationality Service is now based at Feltham Lodge since moving from the building next door to the Civic Centre at the beginning of June.
Deputy Lieutenant for Hounslow, Maria Pedro unveiled a commemorative plaque and made a speech, and guests enjoyed a tour of the building, whose origins date back to the late 1700s and early 1800s.
The building has undergone a major transformation so it can offer more choice and room for services that everyone in the borough will use at some time in their lives. This ranges from registering births, deaths and marriages to holding wedding services, civil partnerships, reaffirmations and nationality ceremonies.
Guests were also able to enjoy the magnificent gardens that surround Feltham Lodge, which provide a spectacular backdrop for weddings.
Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Ajmer Grewal, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and fantastic to see Feltham Lodge officially open and welcoming in our residents who use the services there.
“The Registration and Nationality Service is one of the most important services the council provides. It is fitting that people will now not only be provided with a great service from staff at times of great joy and also sadness in their lives, but at a place that is fitting for what they need.”
Feltham Lodge is currently in the middle of what is always a busy summer wedding season, as well as handling the day-to-day registration of births and deaths.
Citizenship and nationality services have also been taking place, with all rooms in the building providing an appropriate setting for whatever the occasion is.
Susan Hayter, Head of Registration and Nationality Services, said: “We are settling into our new home now and residents who have visited us, have been very impressed with Feltham Lodge.
“As well as keeping the historic details which give the building character, it also has a very modern feel and is suitable for all the needs of those who use what is a very important service. Here at Feltham Lodge we can expand the service we offer and I think it will become a special place in local people’s lives.”