Five Northampton buildings declared ‘surplus’ as council looks to move into £53m new HQ

The �53 million Project Angel scheme is set for completion in November.

The �53 million Project Angel scheme is set for completion in November.

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Five Northamptonshire County Council buildings have been declared “surplus to requirements” as part of the organisation’s bid to move all its services into Angel Street.

The authority’s £53 million Project Angel development is due to be completed by the end of the year.

The plan is to move all the operations in the council’s 12 buildings, including County Hall, into just one by 2017.

Yesterday the council took another step towards selling off its capital stock by declaring five buildings as “surplus to requirements.”

The Springfield building next to Northampton General Hospital; the Northwood Centre; Briar Hill Resource Centre and Norborough House, where the authority’s fostering service is based, will soon be vacated.

In the case of 9 Guildhall Road - a building owned by the county but occupied by the NN Gallery - Northampton Borough Council has agreed to buy it for £462,000.

An exact sale figure for the other four buildings will be subject to a valuation process over the coming months.

However the council claims it will save £30,000 a year in maintenance costs by shutting the five, all of which are based in Northampton.